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Opposition to passing of Prop 2 in California

California joins Florida and Arizona as the third state whose voters approved a referendum dictating the way animals on farms are housed. The well-known Proposition 2, or Prop 2, passed this week by a margin of 63.2 percent to 36.8 percent.

Victory for supporters
The initiative, becoming effective in 2015, represents a huge victory for Prop 2's supporters, the main two of which are the animal rights groups Farm Sanctuary and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the latter of which supports vegetarianism.

The Animal Agriculture Alliance however lamented California's passage of Proposition 2, claiming that it will result in worse animal welfare, shutting of farms, and less safe, more expensive food for Californians.

Opposers dispondent
"We are despondent that California voters didn't hear animal welfare experts' messages warning of higher rates of death in non-cage systems, increased rates of smothering, increased incidences of aggression and much more," said Kay Johnson Smith, Executive Vice President of the Animal Agriculture Alliance.

"Our organisation believes that quality animal welfare creates wins for animals, farmers and consumers. It is disappointing to learn that, in the tumult caused by all the various initiatives, consumers didn't hear that message."
 
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