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.

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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.

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. 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). She used to head United Animal Nations too. I couldn't find any information on her current activities. Probably taking a much needed break.

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%. on Prop 2 campaign. Proposition 2 ends the practice of confining certain animals raised for food in crates and cages so small the animals can barely move. Prop 2 requires that factory farms provide enough space for animals to stand up, turn around and extend their limbs. Tags: proposition 2 From the campaign website : (Nov.

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.

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Here is a New York Times story about California's Proposition 2

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 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. california legislation humane society farm animal welfare animal welfare

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Here is a New York Times editorial opinion about California's Proposition 2. Here is a column by Gary Francione, who opposes the proposition

From Today's New York Times

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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.

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.)

Steps Towards Ending Factory Farming?

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This concession was to avoid a November ballot vote a la California's Proposition 2. 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. This New York Times article argues that it could lead to other states following suit.

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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 one hand, it improves the lives of many farm animals. On the other hand, it entrenches the idea that they may be used as mere means to human ends. In the long run, measures such as this may make things worse for farm animals

Big Ag Upset Over California Antibiotics Ban

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But to big ag, it's just another step on a slippery slope started by the passage of Proposition 2. I actually read one headline asking whether this was the beginning of the end of commercial farming in California. A bit of an overreaction I think. The article is so short, I'm just posting the whole thing.

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

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There is definitely a new tide in California, post Proposition 2. Basically, it sounds like the ag committee will be including food safety and animal welfare concerns in their discussions. The ag industry does NOT like this. In a move that elevated the anxiety level among grower-shippers, Darrell Steinberg, the new president pro-tem of the California state Senate, overhauled the body’s agriculture committee.

From Today's New York Times

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Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a law requiring that all whole eggs sold in the state conform to the provisions of Proposition 2, the humane farming law that was embraced by state voters in a landslide in 2008.

From Today's New York Times

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The overwhelming passage in November of Proposition 2 in California, which banned tight confinement of many of the animals raised for food, is a fine example of the power of publicity to educate people about the atrocities we commit to those animals who have no voice of their own. To the Editor: Re “ Humanity Even for Nonhumans ,” by Nicholas D. Kristof (column, April 9): Thank you for this inspiring and enlightening article. Animals raised for food suffer miserably.