California's Prop 2 widens animal space
By PHILIP BRASHER • email@example.com • October 26, 2008
Washington, D.C. — A ballot measure in California is raising the dander of farmers around the nation.
The initiative, known as Proposition 2, would set new standards for livestock farms. Starting in 2015, all animals would have to have room to lie down, turn around and extend their legs or wings. The measure is intended to force farms to stop keeping hens in cages or sows in stalls.In California, it would primarily affect egg-laying operations. The state has little pork industry.
But proponents and opponents agree the measure could have ramifications well beyond California if it passes. If nothing else, it would send a message to the next Congress, which is likely to be one of the most liberal in history.
"One of the major effects will be on the retail sector," said Wayne Pacelle, chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States, which has spent more than $4 million so far on the campaign to pass Proposition 2. "It will be another indicator that the public finds these intensive confinement practices are out of bounds and unacceptable.
"Passing the measure also would provide "additional momentum to our efforts at the federal level," Pacelle said. Read More
I have tried to let everyone know that Prop 2 is just the next step for the HSUS to achieve federal legislation that will dictate all management systems for livestock. Some producers don’t seem to believe me when I talk to them about it, but would you believe Wayne Pacelle when he says it? We have only seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what HSUS wants to accomplish. Stopping them in California would be a fantastic way to let the HSUS know they are NOT mainstream.