In general, I’m not a big fan of the whole California proposition system. I don’t really feel qualified to make budgetary decisions and feel like a lot of the propositions are downright scary.
But I am excited about a particular proposition on California’s November 4 ballot — Proposition 2. It requires that farms allow all animals to lie down, turn around, and stretch their limbs. This is currently not the case in many factory farms, particularly in the raising of chickens, beef for veal, and in the gestation of pigs. I visited a factory farm my freshman year in college and was really saddened by the pigs in particular. They spent their whole lives in cramped, indoor cages and were so sad and unhealthy. It was heartbreaking.
The proposition is remarkably short and clear. It states,
…a person shall not tether or confine any animal, on a farm, for or the majority of any day, in a manner that prevents such animal from:
(a) Lying down, standing up, and fully extending his or her limbs; and
(b) Turning around freely.
That’s it! You can read the proposition in it’s entirety (four pages) here.
The arguments against the proposition seem very weak to me… basically they fear increased food cost and cite worries of increased salmonella contamination. The argument that allowing animals to lie down and to turn around is a health hazard is absurd. Search “egg laying chicken health factory farm” on google to see how unhealthy chicken factory battery cages are.
So I am leaning strongly toward voting yes on Prop 2. More information is available at the CA Voter Invormation Guide website.
If you disagree, please let me know why in comments below.