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Prop 2 Wins!! Huge Victory for the Animals in California Factory Farms!
by foa
Tuesday Nov 4th, 2008 10:56 PM
In a historic election for animals in the US, Proposition 2 is currently ahead 62%-37% with 32% of precincts reporting. European countries have passed similar legislation regarding battery cages for chickens and so forth, but no state in the entire US has passed anything nearly as comprehensive as this. And California is one of, if not the, largest agricultural states in the US. The effects of this proposition will be felt far and wide, to the benefit of animals everywhere, if not immediately, in time. Read below on the common sense, compassionate changes it will make for food animals.

Thank you, California voters!! Thank you for those who cannot speak for themselves!
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Help Animals in Veal Crates, Battery Cages, Gestation Crates

This November 4, Californians should vote YES! on Prop 2 - a
modest measure that stops cruel and inhumane treatment of
animals, ending the practice of cramming farm animals into cages
so small the animals can't even turn around, lie down or extend
their limbs.

Voting YES! on Prop 2...

Prevents cruelty to animals.
It's simply wrong to confine veal calves, breeding pigs, and
egg-laying hens in tiny cages barely larger than their bodies.
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 farm animals to endure such
misery. All animals, including those raised for food, deserve
humane treatment.

Improves our health and food safety.
We all witnessed the cruel treatment of sick and crippled cows
exposed by a Southern California slaughter plant investigation
this year, prompting authorities to pull meat off school menus
and initiate a nationwide recall. Factory farms put our health
at risk-cramming tens of thousands of animals into tiny cages,
fostering the spread of diseases that may affect people. YES! on
Prop 2 is better for animals and for us.

Supports family farmers.
California family farmers support YES! on Prop 2 because they
know that better farming practices enhance food quality and
safety. Increasingly, they're supplying major retailers like
Safeway and Burger King. Factory farms cut corners and drive
family farmers out of business when they put profits ahead of
animal welfare and our health.

Protects air and water and safeguards 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,
spreading untreated waste on the ground and contaminating our
waterways, lakes, groundwater, soil, and air. Prop 2 helps stop
some of the worst abuses and protects our precious natural
resources. That's why California Clean Water Action and Sierra
Club-California support YES! on Prop 2.

Is a reasonable and common-sense reform.
Prop 2 provides ample time-until 2015-for factory farms 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 In Defense of Animals, The
Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA, hundreds of
California veterinarians, including the California Veterinary
Medical Association; California family farmers; the Center for
Food Safety, the Consumer Federation of America, the Center for
Science in the Public Interest, the United Farm Workers, and the
Cesar Chavez Foundation; Republican and Democratic elected
officials; California religious leaders; and many others.

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Check out what it is currently is like in California without Prop 2: