BOSTON (AP) — Animal rights activists are planning to rally at the Massachusetts Statehouse to push for bills they say will strengthen protections for farm animals and pets.
One priority for the activists is a bill called the "Act to Protect Puppies and Kittens."
The bill would prohibit the sale of cats and dogs under eight weeks, give families better options if they purchase sick puppies and allow for regulations to prevent irresponsible breeding.
Activists are also pressing lawmakers to approve legislation that would guarantee that farm animals have enough space in their cages to turn around.
A rally is planned for 11 a.m. Thursday at the grand staircase inside the Statehouse.
The bills are supported by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.