Proposition 2 Poll

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I've been trying to find polling data on Proposition 2, but this is all I could find. on Prop 2 campaign reports a tidal wave of voter and donor support from Californians backing the effort to stop the cruel and inhumane treatment of animals on industrial factory farms. The results of a new statewide poll by KSFN-Fresno/SurveyUSA shows overwhelming support from voters, with Prop 2 commanding a 62-point lead: 72-10 (18 undecided).

Update on Proposition 2 in CA

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Again, thanks to Farmed Animal Net for this update on California's proposition 2. California’s Proposition 2 is not solely about the California egg business but is also about the egg industry’s national survival, warned Gene Gregory at the annual legislative meeting of United Egg Producers (UEP). Throughout UEP’s annual meeting speakers cautioned that Prop 2’s passage would be a major blow to the industry.

Animal Welfare Act Inadequate for Farm Animals

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How many people know this about the Animal Welfare Act? No wonder there is so much "farm" animal abuse out there. Humane treatment runs counter to the entire industry when the point is to make money by processing these animals as fast as possible. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, “farm animals are regulated under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) only when used in biomedical research, testing, teaching and exhibition.

Michigan to Follow California on Farm Animal Welfare?

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It looks like Michigan's Big Ag is afraid they could end up with their own Proposition 2. Tags: farm animal welfare factory farm agribusiness

Veterinary Association Did Not Support Prop 2

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The American Veterinary Medical Association did NOT support Proposition 2. Tags: proposition 2 california farm animal welfare avma Now they want to be involved in the rule-making. If you want to know why they opposed it, here's a link to their reasoning.

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Who is Jennifer Fearing?

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I got curious today and googled "Jennifer Fearing," the woman who led the Yes on Proposition 2 campaign. She used to head United Animal Nations too. Tags: proposition 2 california humane society farm animal welfare It turns out that she was the former Humane Society Chief Economist. Pretty impressive bio (please note that the bio is from her time at HSUS). I couldn't find any information on her current activities.

Farm Animal Welfare Fight Heats Up in Ohio

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Issue 2 in Ohio would create 13-member state board to oversee the care of farm animals in the State. The Humane Society and other groups oppose it as a power grab by big agriculture to prevent another Proposition 2 (the initiative passed last year in California to improve standards for farm animal care.) Tags: ohio farm animal welfare us agribusiness

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Steps Towards Ending Factory Farming?

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Last week there was a slew of articles about the agreement in Ohio between the farm industry and animal welfare activists to expand cage sizes for calves (veal), hens and pigs. This concession was to avoid a November ballot vote a la California's Proposition 2. In another sign of the growing clout of the animal welfare movement, a law passed in California this year will also ban imports from other states of eggs produced in crowded cages.

Big Ag Upset Over California Antibiotics Ban

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I actually read one headline asking whether this was the beginning of the end of commercial farming in California. But to big ag, it's just another step on a slippery slope started by the passage of Proposition 2. Californian farmers and ranchers would be prohibited from routinely dosing healthy farm animals with antibiotics under a bill getting its first level of approval on 21 April in the state Senate, reports Central Valley Business Times.

California's Ag Industry Worried that State Committee will Focus on "Emotion"

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Basically, it sounds like the ag committee will be including food safety and animal welfare concerns in their discussions. There is definitely a new tide in California, post Proposition 2. Tags: california bile farming farm animal welfare agribusiness food The ag industry does NOT like this.

Legal Rights for Animals

Animal Ethics

Here is a Los Angeles Times story about California's Proposition 2, which passed yesterday. I'm ambivalent about the proposition. On the one hand, it improves the lives of many farm animals. In the long run, measures such as this may make things worse for farm animals On the other hand, it entrenches the idea that they may be used as mere means to human ends.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

9): Thank you for encouraging California voters to support the state’s Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, or Proposition 2, on the November ballot. Proposition 2 is a modest step that deserves voter support and extension to other states. 9, 2008 The writer is president of United Poultry Concerns , a nonprofit organization that is a sponsor of Proposition 2. To the Editor: Re “ Standing, Stretching, Turning Around ” (editorial, Oct.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Animals raised for food suffer miserably. The meat and dairy industries want to keep their operations away from the public’s discriminating eyes, but as groups like PETA and the Humane Society have shown us in their graphic and disturbing undercover investigations, factory farms are mechanized madness and slaughterhouses are torture chambers to these unfortunate and feeling beings. Animal agriculture is inherently inhumane.