Sunday, March 02, 2008

Blogging Again!

Greetings, everyone!
Some of you have written to ask where I've been all these months, and why there has been nary a post on this blog since October. Well, I have been very involved in a campaign to reform cruel factory farming practices.

Californians for Humane Farms - a coalition of volunteers of the Humane Society of the United States, the Farm Sanctuary, and a number of California farmers, veterinarians, and other concerned citizens - have been collecting signatures to put the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act on this November's California ballot. The initiative is a very modest reform that would mandate that cows, pigs, and chickens have enough room to turn all the way around in their enclosures, and stretch their limbs. (Not a lot to ask for - but it would make animals' lives a bit less miserable!)

We will soon know for sure whether the registrars of each California county have officially approved the initiative for the November ballot, but we gathered more than the required number of signatures, so we're hopeful!

In the meantime, I'll be blogging a bit more often - and I look forward to seeing you on the trail!

More info on the campaign below!

Since Californians began campaigning for a ballot initiative to ban cruel farm animal confinement systems six months ago, volunteers have collected nearly 800,000 signatures in support of the initiative. They needed only 433,971 valid signatures. This means that the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act—to ban veal crates for calves, battery cages for egg-laying hens, and gestation crates for breeding pigs in the Golden State—is well on its way to securing a spot on the November 2008 ballot in California.

With the first (and arguably most difficult) hurdle passed,
Californians for Humane Farms and its supporters will now band together to get the word out about the November 2008 vote. If passed, the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act will end some of the cruelest practices in factory farming: the warehousing and confinement of animals in cages and crates so small that they cannot turn around, walk or extend their limbs.

The whole country will be watching the progress of this historic measure, as its passage will set a precedent that will have profound repercussions for factory farming across the country.

Press release reprinted from the Farm Sanctuary website.

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