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Cage-free farms? A Conversation on Prop 12

Thursday, October 11, 2018
7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
Event Type:
Direct Action Everywhere
Location Details:
Berkeley Animal Rights Center (2425 Channing Way, Suit C, Berkeley CA)
If taking BART, get off at Downtown Berkeley station, walk south on Shattuck Ave (for 5 blocks), make a left on Channing Way, and walk another 5 blocks until you see the big red pillars - you’re here! We strive to offer walking buddies to attendees who feel unsafe walking to/from BART or other short distances in the area - please email us at sfbay [at] to request a walking buddy.

PARKING: There is a parking garage at the center (free for the first hour) and metered street parking in the vicinity. Please remove all valuables from your car.

ACCESSIBILITY: The Berkeley Animal Rights Center has stair-free access from Channing Way. The front doors of the center open to 5ft wide. The bathroom entrance is 34” wide, and there is one accessible stall with horizontal grab bars on the right and back of the toilet. The toilet is 18” high.

On November 6, Californian voters will be asked about Proposition 12: whether to end the use of battery cages for chickens farmed for their eggs, as well as gestation crates for mother pigs and veal crates for confining calves.

Every year, around 20 million egg-laying hens in California live their entire lives stuffed into tiny “battery cages”, where they cannot even spread their wings. About 2 million mother hogs cannot even turn around for the vast majority of their life that they spend in narrow gestation crates.

Some people argue that even though it's not what animals deserve, Proposition 12 alleviates suffering and is a step in the right direction. Some argue that it would increase prices and thus lower the demand for animal products. Others worry that cage-free systems are actually worse for chickens than caged systems. Some worry that the measure could be counterproductive. Perhaps it does too little and actually sets a bar below what street activism would accomplish. Perhaps it is too welfarist, and signals to the public that some forms of animal exploitation are acceptable.

Orlando Torres and Jay Quigley will explain the ballot measure, explain the arguments for and against, and lead a discussion on Prop 12 so you can more clearly understand and decide how to vote if you are registered to vote in California.

P.S. Are you eligible to vote in California but not registered. Either way this is a very crucial election for this country. Visit here right now!:
Added to the calendar on Thu, Sep 27, 2018 8:58AM
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