Why Prop. 2 is a bad idea for agriculture
Sep 29, 2008
For those of us who don't make a living in agriculture, there is something emotionally appealing about Proposition 2's attempt to instill more humane farm practices in California.
The measure, promoted by the national Humane Society, would prohibit the confinement of a farm animal for a majority of the day in a way that prevented it from "lying down, standing up and fully extending his or her limbs" and "turning around freely."
There is no question about the main target of the measure. It is the poultry industry and its practice of stacking egg-laying hens in cramped cages.
Supporters of Proposition 2 would like to cast it as a battle between the good guys battling farm cruelty and the bad guys defending agribusiness profit. The reality, however, is significantly more complicated. Read More
People in California, including several newspapers like this one from Hollister, CA, are starting to realize the consequences that Prop 2 could have on the production of eggs. As I shared with you last week, even cage free producers are worried that it could affect their businesses. The fact of the matter is this is another attempt by HSUS to gradually eliminate animal agriculture in this country.