Farm Sanctuary: Groundbreaking Effort for Farm Animals Underway in California

October 21st, 2007 6:45 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: Farm Sanctuary – info [at] farmsanctuary.org
Date: Oct 19, 2007 3:59 PM
Subject: Groundbreaking Effort for Farm Animals Underway in California

Groundbreaking Effort for Farm Animals Underway in California

Farm Sanctuary, in conjunction with The Humane Society of the United States, has launched a ground-breaking ballot initiative effort to outlaw some of the most inhumane farm animal confinement systems in the state: veal crates for baby calves, gestation crates for mother pigs and battery cages for laying hens.

On October 1, 2007 citizens throughout the state began a massive effort to gather the 650,000 signatures needed to qualify the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act (http://www.humanecalifornia.org/) for placement on the September 2008 California ballot. Volunteers have only about five months to complete their signature-gathering efforts to achieve this goal—and help save millions of farm animals a year from tremendous suffering. Your help is needed!

If you are a California resident, please contact Californians for Humane Farms (http://www.humanecalifornia.org/) and find out how you can participate in this historic effort for farm animals.

***If you are not a California resident, please forward this email to all your friends and family members who live in California.

Why California?

Polling has consistently shown that most Americans oppose the cruelty of veal crates, gestation crates and battery cages, yet it is extremely difficult to convince the legislature to pass laws banning these confinement systems, thanks to the influence that huge factory farming corporations exert over many legislative offices.

The ballot initiative system was implemented to solve this problem, by allowing citizens to place an issue on the ballot for a vote directly by the people. This presents a great opportunity for animals, as it allows animal protection advocates the opportunity to circumvent the pressure that big agribusiness companies exert over the legislature and bring humane issues directly to the people for a vote.

California is one of just a handful of states that allows the ballot initiative system, and it is also the largest agricultural state in the U.S.—providing us with an excellent opportunity to save millions of animals a year from extreme, gratuitous suffering on factory farms.

The Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act is supported by a broad coalition of animal protection groups, veterinarians, environmentalists, and food safety advocates, all of whom oppose the growth of huge factory farms in the state and their terrible impacts on animals, the environment and food safety.

Background:

Veal crates are narrow wooden enclosures, typically 2 feet wide, which prevent calves from turning around or lying down comfortably for the duration of their short, miserable lives.
http://www.noveal.org/

Gestation crates are 2-by-7 feet enclosures that confine 400-pound breeding sows on factory farms for most of their lives. The sows are freed only briefly to be moved to similarly restrictive farrowing crates to give birth.
http://www.farmsanctuary.org/campaign/gestation_campaign.htm

Battery cages are used to confine 95 percent of all laying hens in the U.S. and allow giant egg farms to pack hundreds of thousands of hens into a single shed. The cages are so small that each hen has a living space smaller than a sheet of typing paper.
http://www.farmsanctuary.org/campaign/battery_campaign.htm

All these confinement systems are so cruel that they are already banned throughout much of Europe. In the U.S., a growing number of restaurants, supermarkets and even producers have pledged to stop using them, based on their inherent cruelty.

In the past few years alone, we have succeeded in banning gestation crates by ballot initiative in Florida (http://www.farmsanctuary.org/media/pr_fl.htm), and a similar ballot initiative in Arizona (http://www.farmsanctuary.org/actionalerts/alert_AZ_initiative.htm) banned gestation and veal crates. This year Oregon (http://www.farmsanctuary.org/campaign/state_OR_VCCG.htm) became the first state in the nation to ban gestation crates by a legislative vote.

Please be part of history and help us reduce the suffering of millions of animals in California!

***If you don’t live in California, please pass this alert on to anyone you know who lives there, as only registered voters can sign petitions. Find out what you can do in your state (http://www.farmsanctuary.org/campaign/activist_lobbying.htm) or contact us by e-mail: campaigns [at] farmsanctuary.org to find out what can be done in your state!

To subscribe: http://www.farmsanctuary.org/signup.htm

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