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 eaders and the National Catholic Rural Life Conference; and many others.

Thanks to all Californians who helped to pass this critical initiative!

12 thoughts on “Prop 2 Wins in California!

  1. Judy says:

    All our hard work in the past year paid off! We gathered signatures, lobbied legislators, veterinarians and businesses for their endorsements, educated voters, walked and knocked on doors to talk to voters etc. It was all worth it!

  2. pvp says:

    I do not think that animals should be slaughtered for food their is other means of
    food survival instead of meat of all kinds
    lets look at a example: you have passed away
    and let’s say your reincarnated as a animal
    (cow chicken,horse deer,fish,sheep,lamb,goat
    etc)then they in a holding pin and your next to be…….would you like to be on a dinner table? yes i do understand and know that god provide us food. i feel sorry for a defenseless animal for
    food to add that is why you have vegetarian people only eat veggies instead of meat and
    their is other protein foods out their.

    thank you for your time and understanding

  3. Tonya says:

    What a great day for the animals! I’m so glad that California made the decision to protect them from the horrible conditions they are forced to live in today and give them a better tomorrow!

  4. This is an amazing victory for the animals! Let us pray that this trend continues to other states that continue to have the horrible conditions. Thanks you to all that worked so hard to get Prop. 2 passed. Judith Guertin

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  6. Robin says:

    Clearly common sense and facts were thrown out the window in California yesterday. America, WAKE UP! The AR zealots are here and systematically taking away our rights to own, use and EAT animals.
    Get ready for tofu burgers and robotic pets.

  7. Sana Jamil says:

    Congratulations to all of us!!
    Still more to do for these beautiful animals..but one step at a time.
    I hope other states will follow.

  8. Great post, Steve. This is a huge victory and sends a very strong signal to Big Ag.

    Here’s a little article I did on Prop 2:

  9. Sylvia says:

    Finally, a win for the animals. This should be so all over the country and the world….

  10. I was so proud to be a Californian the day Prop 2 passed!

  11. Becky says:

    May there be a new beginning in the world to stop inhumane treatment of defenseless animals and start realizing that all creatures that God created should be treated with decency and respect! God Bless all of those who voted and gave the animals a voice!

  12. Chris says:


    You said “The AR zealots are here and systematically taking away our rights to own, use and EAT animals.”

    This law has not infringed your right to EAT animals, it just requires that some farmed animals in CA have to be treated better than they are currently being treated. If somebody told you that this law will keep people from eating animals, they lied to you.

    Also, this law will actually make certain food products safer. Have you ever seen the conditions in which factory farm animals live? It’s very unhealthy.

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