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20History-Making Animal Initiative Introduced!

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  • Kari Nienstedt
    Sep 7, 2005
      Landmark Ballot Initiative Launched to Ban Abusive Factory Farming
      Practices in Arizona

      A groundbreaking ballot initiative is now underway in Arizona to
      outlaw the cruel and intensive confinement of pregnant pigs and veal
      calves on industrialized factory farms. Volunteers must gather
      200,000 signatures to place a measure on the 2006 November ballot.
      Your help is needed!

      We will be having a special planning meeting for local activists who
      would like to be Location Coordinators for this campaign. This
      meeting is next Tuesday, September 13th at 7pm. If you are
      interested, please email kari@... for meeting

      As a Location Coordinator, your main responsibility is to oversee
      the signature-gathering effort at your selected location. We will
      give each Location Coordinator thorough training to ensure that all
      of your questions are answered. Your main duties will be:
      * Learn About Your Location
      * Obtain Materials from the Campaign Office
      * Coordinate Volunteers Weekly (we will provide you with names)
      * Keep In Contact With Your Volunteers

      Hundreds of volunteer petitioners are needed to collect the 200,000
      signatures needed to make this ballot initiative a reality in
      Arizona! If you would like to volunteer to collect signatures,
      please contact Arizonans for Humane Farms and attend one of the kick-
      off meetings.

      Campaign kick-off and volunteer training meetings are scheduled for
      the first week of October in Flagstaff, Phoenix and Tucson.
      Spearheaded by Arizonans for Humane Farms, these sessions will
      prepare volunteers for the signature gathering process and will
      feature guest speakers Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the
      United States and Gene Bauston of Farm Sanctuary.

      Monday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
      East Flagstaff Community Library
      3000 N. Fourth St., Suite 5, Flagstaff

      Wednesday, October 5, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
      James E. Rogers College of Law, Room 140
      NW corner of Speedway/Mountain, Tucson

      Thursday, October 6, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
      Arizona Humane Society
      1521 W. Dobbins Rd., Phoenix

      In an effort to continually increase productivity and profit,
      factory farms are known to treat feeling, sensitive animals as
      nothing more than commodities. Both veal calves and breeding pigs
      are kept so severely confined in crates that the animals cannot even
      turn around or extend their limbs. The extremely overcrowded
      conditions cause extreme suffering for the animals, in addition to
      polluting the air, contaminating groundwater and threatening human
      health. Both veal and gestation crates are so cruel that they have
      been outlawed in several other countries. And, in fact, the
      gestation crate was outlawed through a precedent-setting citizen
      initiative in Florida in 2002.

      For more information on the campaign, for additional facts about
      gestation crates and veal crates, and to read the exact language of
      the initiative, please visit www.yesforhumanefarms.org.

      Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of this history-making

      Kari Nienstedt
      Co-Campaign Coordinator
      Arizonans for Humane Farms
      P.O. Box 3095
      Tempe, AZ 85280
      Phone: (480) 449-7644