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Yes on Proposition 12. Let's get rid of cages for hens for real

Los Angeles Times · Sep 28, 2018

Published 9/28 in the Los Angeles Times

What constitutes the proper and ethical treatment of animals has evolved substantially over the last few decades and, inevitably, will continue to change as people better understand the animals that share our homes as pets, roam outdoors as wild creatures, or end up as food on our plates.

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Editorial: Vote yes on Prop. 12 to give farm animals a cage-free life

The Mercury News · Sep 07, 2018

Published 9/4 in The Mercury News

Improving lives of millions of hens, pigs, calves should be at top of voters’ pecking order. 

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"History in the making": California aims for world's highest farm animal welfare law

The Guardian · Jul 10, 2018

Published 3/7 in The Guardian by Charlotte Simmonds

New law would ban the sale of all eggs, pork or veal from a caged animal, putting the state ahead of the EU – if campaigners can get enough signatures.

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Call to action for cage-free farming in California

The Mercury News · Jul 10, 2018

Published 5/11 in The Mercury News by Nicoletta Lanese

Hundreds of animal rights activists across California are swept up in campaign preparations for a new cage-free farming initiative they’re expecting to hit the November ballot to ban cages for chickens, pigs and veal calves.

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More space for pigs, calves and hens? California voters will soon decide

The Sacramento Bee · Jul 10, 2018

Published on 6/22 in The Sacramento Bee by Bryan Anderson

A new initiative aimed at expanding living space for egg-laying hens, pigs and calves has made its way onto the November ballot, the secretary of state's office announced Friday.

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Scientists shouldn’t shill for farm industry on animal welfare

The Sacramento Bee · Oct 30, 2017

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.

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California Considers Banning Cages for Hogs, Calves, and Laying Hens

The Cornucopia Institute · Sep 13, 2017

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.

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Pigs, calves could join chickens on California’s cage-free list

The Sacramento Bee · Aug 30, 2017

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.

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New ballot initiative could increase California farm animal welfare standards

The San Francisco Chronicle · Aug 29, 2017

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.

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