Vote for the animals on November 6th

October 18, 2018

In California, history is in the making! We have until November 6th when the strongest farm animal protection law to date, curtailing the extreme confinement of farm animals, gets a vote. Proposition 12 will ensure that veal calves, breeding pigs, and egg-laying hens aren't locked in cramped cages on factory farms, and it will ensure that meat and eggs sold in California meet this modest animal welfare and food safety requirement. If enacted, California would require cage-free conditions for all these species and upgrade the massive progress made 10 years ago with the enactment of Prop 2.

Prop 2 was overwhelmingly passed by voters in 2008 by 63.5%, and required that veal calves, egg-laying hens, and gestating pigs must have enough room to stand up, lie down, turn around, and fully extend their limbs. Prop 12 upgrades Prop 2, requiring minimum amounts of usable floor space for calves, hens and pigs, providing important enrichments to allow birds to express natural behaviors, extending California's egg sales law to cover liquid eggs, and adding increased enforcement mechanisms, primarily in the form of new civil remedies.

Since the passing of Prop 2, McDonald's, Walmart, Costco, and 200 other major food companies have pledged to go cage-free and stop sourcing eggs and other animal products from animals in extreme confinement—thanks in large part to The Humane League's influence with these big companies to adopt policies that abolish the worst forms of abuse. Prop 12 builds on that momentum, ensuring that substandard, inhumane and unsafe products from these cruel confinement systems are not sold in California.

Just two years ago in 2016, The Humane League, with your support, was instrumental in the passing of Question 3 in Massachusetts. Question 3 passed with 78% of the vote and, when fully in effect by 2022, will prevent farm animals from being crammed into cages so small they can't even turn around or extend their limbs. We have found that time and time again, when voters are allowed to vote on animal issues, they overwhelming vote for the animals.

Prop 12 has been endorsed by every major farm animal protection organization, over 500 California veterinarians, 100 California Family Farmers, California Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, United Farm Workers, California Labor Federation, Los Angeles Times Editorial Board, and the Center for Food Safety.

If you live in California, please vote YES on Prop 12 and end the extreme confinement of farm animals. Thank you for your life-changing vote!