Published 10/30 in The Sacramento Bee by Dean Florez
California is the nation’s leading state for agricultural production, and also the country’s leader on animal welfare.
When I was a state lawmaker, I endorsed Proposition 2, which required that laying hens be allowed to “stand up, lie down, turn around, and freely extend their limbs.” I saw no contradiction in advocating for our agricultural economy and for farm animals receiving proper care.
Proposition 2 was an important advance, but a decade later, it’s time for an upgrade.
Published 9/11 by The Cornucopia Institute
The Humane Society has introduced a ballot initiative to stop the caging of some farm animals. The group will need 365,000 signatures within 180 days to get the initiative on the statewide ballot in November 2018. Massachusetts already has similar legislation in place, and Cornucopia applauds this possible upgrade for animal welfare.
Published 8/30 in The Sacramento Bee by Jim Miller
Nearly a decade after winning a nationally watched California campaign to require more space for egg-laying hens, the Humane Society of the United States on Tuesday moved to return to the state ballot in 2018 with another far-reaching initiative.
Published 8/29 in Politico by Helena Bottemiller Evich
The Humane Society of the United States and a coalition of other animal welfare groups today filed ballot language in California with the goal of requiring that all pork, eggs and veal sold within the state come from cage-free sources.
Published 8/29 in The San Francisco Chronicle by Tara Duggan
California already has some of the most rigorous laws in the country regarding farm animal welfare, but the state’s rules surrounding pigs, chickens and cows could get even stricter.
Published 8/29 in The Los Angeles Times by Patrick McGreevy
Nine years after California voters decided that egg-laying hens must be given more space, animal-rights activists on Tuesday filed papers for a new initiative requiring the birds to be kept cage-free.
The initiative’s language, submitted to the state by the Humane Society of the United States, addresses the group’s concerns that 2008’s Proposition 2, which required hens to have more room in their habitats, did not achieve the right conditions for farm animals, including pigs and calves.