Election 2018: Proposition 12 – Confined Farm Animals

Establishes minimum confinement size requirements for most farm animals, including calves, breeding pigs and egg-laying hens.
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What this proposition does: This proposition would establish minimum confinement size requirements for most farm animals, including calves, breeding pigs and egg-laying hens, and would ban the sale of meat and eggs coming from farms — even out-of-state farms — that did not comply with the minimum size requirements. What supporters say: Supporters claim current farming trends of confining animals is cruel because the cages that are often used to confine these animals are tiny and cramped. Supporters say a previous measure didn’t go far enough in that it didn’t establish concrete size requirements; this initiative, supporters say, rectifies that issue by establishing minimum confinement sizes that farms would have to follow if they want to sell meat and egg products in California. Supporters argue that establishing minimum confinement sizes not only improves the welfare of farm animals, it improves food safety for consumers. What opponents say: Opponents claim the initiative would do the opposite of what proponents intend because it would allow farmers to allocate one square foot of cage space per egg-laying hen, which opponents contend is just as cruel. Opponents also argue that requiring farmers to change how animals are confined by a 2021 deadline could cause food supply shortages and increased prices. Some opponents say consumer choices should regulate farm conditions, while other opponents say the measure is well-intentioned but doesn’t go far enough to ensure the safety of animals. What a YES vote means: A YES vote means a voter wants to establish into law minimum size requirements for confinement spaces for farm animals along with a ban on meat and egg products from farms that do not comply with those standards. What a NO vote means: A NO vote means a voter does not want to establish into law minimum size requirements for confinement spaces, instead leaving it up to farmers to decide what those size requirements should be as consistent with already-existing law. Official ballot title: “Establishes New Standards for Confinement of Certain Farm Animals; Bans Sale of Certain Non-Complying Products. Initiative Statute.”]]>

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