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. It's from September 30, from the Humane Society. 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 writer is Jennifer Fearing, the CHIEF ECONOMIST for the Humane Society.

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. It turns out that she was the former Humane Society Chief Economist. Tags: proposition 2 california humane society farm animal welfare Pretty impressive bio (please note that the bio is from her time at HSUS). She used to head United Animal Nations too. I couldn't find any information on her current activities. Probably taking a much needed break.

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Prop 2 Passes in California

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Proposition 2 has been passed in California. As of 11 PM PST, Prop 2 was leading 62% to 38%. California voters have taken a stand for decency and compassion and said that the systemic mistreatment of animals on factory farms cannot continue," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, the primary back of the YES! on Prop 2 campaign. All animals deserve humane treatment, including animals raised for food.”

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Animal Welfare Act Inadequate for Farm Animals

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Humane treatment runs counter to the entire industry when the point is to make money by processing these animals as fast as possible. Unfortunately, this goal tends to run counter to humane goals.” Tags: animal cruelty proposition 2 cattle farm animal welfare agribusiness This is really interesting. How many people know this about the Animal Welfare Act? I certainly didn't. No wonder there is so much "farm" animal abuse out there.

Animal Welfare in the State of California

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It also does a great job at profiling Jennifer Fearing who led the victory of Proposition 2. california legislation humane society farm animal welfare animal welfareCalifornia really is at the forefront of animal welfare and this is an excellent article detailing what's going on in the State and the challenges animal welfare faces. She sounds amazing.

Steps Towards Ending Factory Farming?

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This concession was to avoid a November ballot vote a la California's Proposition 2. Tags: ohio eggs california humane society farm animal welfare factory farm Well, maybe, although I think there is still a long way to go. 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.

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.)

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Legal Rights for Animals

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Here is a Los Angeles Times story about California's Proposition 2, which passed yesterday. I'm ambivalent about the proposition. On the other hand, it entrenches the idea that they may be used as mere means to human ends. 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

From Today's New York Times

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A Humane Egg The life of animals raised in confinement on industrial farms is slowly improving, thanks to pressure from consumers, animal rights advocates, farmers and legislators.

From Today's New York Times

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To the Editor: Re “ Humanity Even for Nonhumans ,” by Nicholas D. 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.