Friday, October 17, 2008

California Leading the Way on Cages?

California has a ballot measure involving animal cages. According to an online news article:

"Proposition 2 would require that starting in 2015, calves raised for veal, egg-laying hens and pregnant pigs be provided space to lie down, stand up, fully extend their limbs and turn around freely. Proponents say it would prevent animal cruelty; opponents say it would unnecessarily harm farmers and consumers by raising domestic prices and exposing consumers to cheaper, ostensibly more dangerous eggs from other countries."

Hard to believe factory farming got to such a horrible point in the first place, but even harder to believe that people oppose giving the animals room to turn around and move enough to stretch or lie down. I hope the measure passes by an astounding margin, and it just might, because I think a lot of people have no idea the true conditions animals are kept under and would not support those conditions if they did. There's huge, huge money pouring in to oppose the ballot measures, from the corporate farms and farm industries. It will be very interesting to see what happens on election day, and hopefully California will once again lead the way on an animal welfare issue and other states will follow.

You can see the pro Prop Two website here. You can read the anti prop Two website here (and note the scare tactics about bird flu, etc. to avoid the real issue).

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