Last week a coalition of animal advocates, food safety experts, and others proposed the Prevention of Cruelty to Farm Animals Act, which would require that pork, eggs, and veal produced or sold in California come from animals who are not kept in cages.
The proposed ballot initiative, which could see a vote in the 2018 election, would upgrade the state’s existing farmed animal protection laws, Proposition 2 and AB 1437, by setting more comprehensive space requirements that protect virtually every cow, chicken, and pig in California from a lifetime in a barbaric crate or cage. It would also require that pork, eggs, and veal sold in California come from animals afforded the same protections. This would spare countless farmed animals from some of the worst systemic animal abuse.
To get this measure on the November 2018 ballot, advocates must collect 500,000 signatures from California voters in just 180 days. If you live in the state, this is your chance to make a major difference! Please sign up to help gather signatures by visiting PreventCrueltyCa.com.
Initiatives like this are crucial, since not a single federal law protects animals during their lives at factory farms.
The meat, dairy, and egg industries make it seem like farmed animals live in beautiful open pastures, but the truth is that nearly all farmed animals are kept in enclosures so small the animals are unable to turn around.
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While measures like this are progress, they still leave farmed animals open to other horribly abusive standard practices, such as brutal mutilations without painkillers; denial of individual veterinary care; and a ruthless, unnecessary slaughter.
The best decision anyone can make to help stop this cruelty is simply to boycott the industry that inflicts it. Click here to learn more about switching to a compassionate vegan diet.