City of Roses
|As much as I am immensely disappointed in Californians for backing Proposition 8, I also applaud them for backing Proposition 2!
Proposition 2 Overview
For those of you unaware with this measure, Proposition 2 will add a chapter to Division 20 of the California Health and Safety Code to prohibit the confinement of certain farm animals in a manner that does not allow them to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, and fully extend their limbs. The measure deals with three types of confinement: veal crates, battery cages, and sow gestation crates.
Now that Proposition 2 has passed, the statute will become operative on January 1, 2015. In the six years beforehand, farming operations will be required to implement the new space requirements for their animals, and the measure prevents animals in California from being confined in these ways in the future.
Many communities worldwide have taken strong action against battery caging recently as it is. In fact, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, and Austria have all banned battery cages for egg-laying hens, and the entire European Union is phasing out battery cages by 2012.
Intensive confinement has proven to have adverse effects on the health of all living things. Scientific research has consistently found that the immune systems of animals are weakened when under intense stress and, consequentially, develop higher levels of pathogens, including the infamous Salmonella.
Beyond the concern of animal welfare, in addition, this measure is crucially important because smaller, local, family farms have in recent years continued to decline due to intensive competition by factory farms, and now that Proposition 2 passed, smaller farms will enjoy a rejuvenated competitive edge over the bigger farms, which sadly many agribusiness industries tend to be more profit-based and in effect are more likely to compromise animal welfare, environmental and public health standards.
I'm just very optimistic that this common-sense animal welfare campaign will continue to pick up momentum and we'll see a domino effect take place in other states very soon!
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