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Groundbreaking Effort for Farm Animals Underway in California

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    Message from Farm Sanctuary: Groundbreaking Effort for Farm Animals Underway in California Farm Sanctuary, in conjunction with The Humane Society of the United
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 14, 2007
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      Message from Farm Sanctuary:

      Groundbreaking Effort for Farm Animals Underway in California

      Farm Sanctuary, in conjunction with The Humane Society of the United
      States, has launched a ground-breaking ballot initiative effort to
      outlaw some of the most inhumane farm animal confinement systems in
      the state: veal crates for baby calves, gestation crates for mother
      pigs and battery cages for laying hens.

      On October 1, 2007 citizens throughout the state began a massive
      effort to gather the 650,000 signatures needed to qualify the
      Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act for placement on the September
      2008 California ballot. Volunteers have only about five months to
      complete their signature-gathering efforts to achieve this goal—and
      help save millions of farm animals a year from tremendous suffering.
      Your help is needed!

      If you are a California resident, please contact Californians for
      Humane Farms and find out how you can participate in this historic
      effort for farm animals.

      ***If you are not a California resident, please forward this email to
      all your friends and family members who live in California.

      Why California?
      Polling has consistently shown that most Americans oppose the cruelty
      of veal crates, gestation crates and battery cages, yet it is
      extremely difficult to convince the legislature to pass laws banning
      these confinement systems, thanks to the influence that huge factory
      farming corporations exert over many legislative offices.

      The ballot initiative system was implemented to solve this problem, by
      allowing citizens to place an issue on the ballot for a vote directly
      by the people. This presents a great opportunity for animals, as it
      allows animal protection advocates the opportunity to circumvent the
      pressure that big agribusiness companies exert over the legislature
      and bring humane issues directly to the people for a vote.

      California is one of just a handful of states that allows the ballot
      initiative system, and it is also the largest agricultural state in
      the U.S.—providing us with an excellent opportunity to save millions
      of animals a year from extreme, gratuitous suffering on factory farms.

      The Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act is supported by a broad
      coalition of animal protection groups, veterinarians,
      environmentalists, and food safety advocates, all of whom oppose the
      growth of huge factory farms in the state and their terrible impacts
      on animals, the environment and food safety.

      Background:
      Veal crates are narrow wooden enclosures, typically 2 feet wide, which
      prevent calves from turning around or lying down comfortably for the
      duration of their short, miserable lives.

      Gestation crates are 2-by-7 feet enclosures that confine 400-pound
      breeding sows on factory farms for most of their lives. The sows are
      freed only briefly to be moved to similarly restrictive farrowing
      crates to give birth.

      Battery cages are used to confine 95 percent of all laying hens in the
      U.S. and allow giant egg farms to pack hundreds of thousands of hens
      into a single shed. The cages are so small that each hen has a living
      space smaller than a sheet of typing paper.

      All these confinement systems are so cruel that they are already
      banned throughout much of Europe. In the U.S., a growing number of
      restaurants, supermarkets and even producers have pledged to stop
      using them, based on their inherent cruelty.

      In the past few years alone, we have succeeded in banning gestation
      crates by ballot initiative in Florida, and a similar ballot
      initiative in Arizona banned gestation and veal crates. This year
      Oregon became the first state in the nation to ban gestation crates by
      a legislative vote.

      Please be part of history and help us reduce the suffering of millions
      of animals in California!

      ***If you don't live in California, please pass this alert on to
      anyone you know who lives there, as only registered voters can sign
      petitions. Find out what you can do in your state or contact us by
      e-mail: campaigns@... to find out what can be done in
      your state!
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