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California, Florida Voters Pass Animal Welfare Laws
USAgNet - 11/08/2018

Animal welfare advocates put two major initiatives on the ballot this November and saw emphatic wins on both Tuesday night. In California, they were fighting to set standards for the treatment of caged animals. In Florida, they were working to ban greyhound racing. Both measures succeeded by large margins.

California's Proposition 12 establishes minimum space requirements for egg-laying chickens, calves raised for veal, and pregnant pigs. It builds on a previous successful proposition for farmed animal conditions from 2008, reports Vox.com.

To prevent industrial producers from relocating out of state to somewhere with laxer animal welfare requirements, Proposition 12's requirements apply to all animal products sold within the state. That means they might be adopted by out-of-state farmers, too, if they want to sell to California's nearly 40 million consumers.

Proposition 12 had the support of the Humane Society, the ASPCA, the Center for Food Safety, the Sierra Club, and Earth Justice. Opposed were the Association of California Egg Farmers and the National Pork Producers Council, which objected that voters shouldn't tell farmers how to raise their livestock. Less predictably, PETA also opposed the proposition, arguing that it might delay implementation of some requirements from the earlier Proposition 2.

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