Monday, November 10, 2008

A Step in the Right Direction

Although we certainly do not agree with the way that Californians voted on all of their Propositions this election season (I can't resist a chance to get up on my soap box, now can I?), myself and C&S were glad to see that our friends to the west did vote a resounding 'yes' to Proposition 2, an anti-cruelty initiative aimed at factory farms in Cali.

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.

2 comments:

Classy&Sassy said...

Awesome post, FP! This is certainly a "step in the right direction" as you put it, and I'd love to see other states follow suit. The little guy in the picture is clearly excited about the prospect of more legroom, too :)

eatingindallas said...

I'm with you. We don't have to torture animals just because we eat them, as weird as that sounds. But, really. It's like those chickens that I got from Dominion Farms. They taste better because they're treated better. I'm not going to stop eating meat. But, I certainly would prefer to see a more humane approach to providing for us all.