Steven Tyler is calling on Massachusetts lawmakers to ban the locking of breeding pigs and veal calves in crates so small that they can’t turn around.

He says, “Massachusetts holds a very special place in my heart. Not only is it known for being ahead of the curve on important progressive issues, but it’s also the birthplace of my band, Aerosmith. That’s why I was thrilled to learn from my friends at the Humane Society of the United States about S.2232, a critical bill that would ban the extreme confinement of animals used for food. Veal crates and gestation crates cause unspeakable suffering and with the success of crate-free environments, they are proven unnecessary. I hope to see the passage of S.2232 without delay.”

Tyler and Aerosmith performed in the Boston suburb of Mansfield last week where they were joined by Johnny Depp on “Train Kept A-Rollin’.” The tour moves to Cincinnati on Tuesday.