Farm Animal Treatment Proposition 2 Passes In California

Strike a blow for animal rights.  Whether you think it was a well written proposition or not, the general public in California has spoken, and they say that our farm animals deserve better treatment.  WIth 28% of the precincts reporting, Proposition 2 has been deemed a winner with 2.4 million "Yes" votes - 62%.  (Results courtesy of at 10:23 pm - local Los Angeles television station.)

We'd been waffling over the past few weeks on how to vote.  There are compelling arguments for both sides.  But it seems the overwhelming sentiment is that something is better than nothing.  Congratulations to Wayne Purcelle and the HSUS on a successful campaign.

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  1. are you kidding? was there any compelling argument on the ‘keep in tiny cages’ side? (seriously, I’m not sure if you are joking on this one…)

  2. Hi Meghan,
    Actually, I wasn’t kidding. However, I didn’t mean the people advocating for no change. There are a number of vegan activists who feel this proposition didn’t go far enough. For instance, Prop 2 only requires the changes to take place in 2015, and many people feel the proposition will allow people to feel good about the meat they eat, instead of considering how badly the animals are being treated. Some people have expressed concern that the money would be more effective spent on vegan outreach.
    But don’t take my word for it.
    You can read what Gary Francione has to say more eloquently than I could, in his post “What to Do About Proposition 2
    ,” or look at the comments some of our readers have left.

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