The passing of Proposition 2 ensures that by 2015, the 20 Million livestock animals in the state will be provided with enough space to stand up, turn around, and extend their limbs. I'm not going to go into detail about how these animals are currently treated (frankly, it makes me physically ill when I think about it), but this vote on behalf of compassion and decency for these animals really goes a long way.
Not only that, but it increases the safety of the meat provided by these farms, gives a fairer shake to family farms that already follow these guidelines, and encourages better environmental practices by these factory farms.
Prop 2 is widely regarded as the most ambitious ballot measure on behalf of animals ever undertaken in the US, and it is my sincere hope that it opens the door for other states to follow California's lead. The fact that the state's residents voted 2/3 in favor of this initiative really speaks to our country's interest in this issue.