Nov 4, 2008

Hey California Voters...

For anyone who hasn't voted early...I know lots of people reading this are in Cali and I wanted to get you the REAL facts about Prop 2. Seriously, take a look -- and I hope you'll vote YES! on Prop 2.

Proposition 2, The Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, is a modest initiative that would give calves, pigs, and chickens in California room to stand up, lie down, turn around, and fully extend their limbs. It's endorsed by The Humane Society of the United States, the California Veterinary Medical Association, the Center for Food Safety, the Consumer Federation of America, and dozens of newspapers from The New York Times to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

As goes California, so goes the country, right?

Here's what Prop 2 will do for the animals and citizens of California:

Prop 2 will eliminate the worst cruelties inflicted on animals living on factory farms. It will end the practice of cramming animals into cages so small the animals can’t even turn around or extend their limbs.

Prop 2 will make our food safer to eat. A recent study found that battery-cage operations were up to 20 times more likely to be contaminated with Salmonella than cage-free facilities. Prop 2 will protect all Californians -- and especially infants and small children -- against higher risks of Salmonella.

Prop 2 will cost less than a penny per egg to implement. Published research and analysis by a California-based poultry economist show that it costs producers less than one penny per egg to stop confining laying hens in battery cages.

Prop 2 will give farmers more than 6 years to adjust to more humane and sustainable practices. That's a more than reasonable phase-in provision. In fact, more than 100 California family farmers are endorsing Proposition 2.

For all these reasons, vote YES! on Prop 2 tomorrow. For more detailed information about Prop 2, including complete fact sheets on animal cruelty, food safety, and other issues related to Prop 2, visit

NO, I won't bring up that other ballot issue you can vote ON , Prop 8.

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