Nov 6th, 2008
Last night was all about celebrating! On November 4th, California voters decided overwhelmingly that animals raised for food deserve better treatment. With over 6 million voters, this initiative had more people vote on it than any other proposition on the ballot this year. Forget the scare tactics the opposition tried to sell us…Californians saw through it and chose compassion over cruelty.
On a personal note, having an opportunity to work on this campaign has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The San Diego APRL team was organized, committed and effective, and I’ve never seen anything like it! Also, the Humane Society of the United States gave everything they had to this campaign; it was clear that defeat was simply not an option!
On the heels of such an exciting 36 hours, one issue I want to stress is that we don’t need ballot initiatives to help animals. Going forward, we have an opportunity to make humane decisions in our daily lives by buying animal products (including cage free eggs) raised by reputable farmers. If we, as consumers, use our buying power to create a demand for more humane food, then producers will gladly oblige us with a supply. It may cost a couple dollars more at first, but as this movement continues to become more mainstream; prices will fall. Besides…being cheap is not an excuse for animal cruelty.
So, congratulations to everyone that worked on the campaign, everyone that lives in California and everyone that lives in the United States. We scored a victory for animals and for our humanity. Now it’s time to take a well deserved break and get ready for the next round…our work has just begun.
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