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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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Initiative would require all eggs in California to come from cage-free hens

Los Angeles Times · Aug 29, 2017

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.

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