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.
"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
"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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