What’s the Big Idea?
Should California ban the sale of pork, eggs or veal if those animals were confined in cages or areas below a specific number of square feet?
The Way It Is Now
In 2008, California voters approved Proposition 2, which bans the confinement of pregnant pigs, calves raised for veal and egg-laying hens if those animals could not easily turn around, lie down, stand up and fully extend their wings. The proposition didn’t specify any size restrictions, which some critiqued as too vague to actually enforce.
What If It Passes?
Beginning in 2020 farms would have to allocate a specific minimum amount of space for calves raised for veal (43 square feet per calf), breeding pigs (24 square feet per pig) and egg-laying hens (1 square foot). Beginning in 2021, cage-free facilities would be required for all egg-laying hens. These requirements would extend to any animals raised or imported into California.
Locking farm animals in tiny cages for their entire lives is cruel and inhumane. Proposition 12 would prevent abused animals from entering the California marketplace and assure consumers they’re making ethical purchases.
The welfare of animals should be left to farmers because they are experts in animal care and needs. Animal activists should not be directing how the farm industry should operate. Plus, Congress is already advancing legislation to render interstate regulations like Proposition 12 null and void.
YES for Proposition 12
NO for Proposition 12