Prop 2 Wins in California!Posted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Execuctive Director on November 5, 2008
Historic Election Day victory for millions of animals!
The citizens have spoken! On November 4, Californians voted to pass the Standards for Confining Farm Animals Act (Prop 2), which will put a stop to the practice of cramming veal calves, breeding pigs and laying hens into cages and crates so small that the animals cannot turn around. Prop 2 combats some of the worst abuses in factory farming, and abides by the principle that all animals deserve humane treatment, including those raised for food.
Here’s what the historic YES! on Prop 2 means:
Preventing cruelty to animals.
Calves are tethered by the neck and can barely move, pigs in severe confinement bite the metal bars of their crates, and hens get trapped and even impaled
in their wire cages. We wouldn’t force our pets to live in filthy,
cramped cages for their whole lives, and we shouldn’t force farmed
animals to endure such misery.
Improving our health and food safety.
We all witnessed the cruel treatment of sick and crippled cows exposed by a Chino slaughter plant investigation
this year, prompting authorities to pull meat off school menus and
initiate a nationwide recall. Factory farmers have put our health at
risk by allowing these terrible abuses, and now are recklessly telling
us it’s okay to keep animals in overcrowded, inhumane conditions.
Supporting family farmers.
California family farmers support Prop 2 because they believe food
quality and safety are enhanced by more humane farming practices. The
agribusiness interests opposing Proposition 2–masquerading as the
deceptively named "Californians for Safe Food"–have a record of duping the public, harming animals, and polluting the environment.
Protecting air and water and safeguarding the environment.
The American Public Health Association has called for a moratorium on new factory farms
because of the devastating effects these operations can have on
surrounding communities. Factory farms often spread waste on the ground
untreated–contaminating our waterways, lakes, groundwater, soil, and
air. Environmental leaders like Clean Water Action and the Sierra Club
support Prop 2.
A reasonable and common-sense reform.
Prop 2 provides ample time–until 2015–for factory farmers using these
severe confinement methods to shift to more humane practices. Arizona,
Colorado, Florida, and Oregon have passed similar laws.
Prop 2 is supported by the Animal Legal Defense Fund,
the Humane Society of the United States, the California Veterinary
Medical Association and hundreds of California veterinarians;
California family farmers; the Center for Food Safety, the Consumer
Federation of America, the United Farm Workers Union, the ASPCA, the
Union of Concerned Scientists, the Center for Science in the Public
Interest, and Farm Sanctuary; Republican and Democratic elected
officials, including U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer
and state schools chief Jack O’Connell; Episcopal and Methodist church
leaders and the National Catholic Rural Life Conference; and many others.
Thanks to all Californians who helped to pass this critical initiative!