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.
Tomorrow represents the most important election many of us have ever been a part of. The outcome of this election will determine the direction our country will follow well beyond the next four years. Those of us that live in the state of California are fortunate enough to vote on several key ballot initiatives including Prop 2. Prop 2 will give animals raised for food enough room to stand up, extend their limbs, turn around and lie down comfortably. This modest measure is the very least we can do for these beings while they’re alive.
So when you’re at your polling location tomorrow, please remember to vote YES on PROP 2!
Last night, 30 friends came over to celebrate the inclusion of a 2008 ballot initiative that helps farm animals in the state of California. In November, voters in our state will have a chance to vote on the measure. If passed, this initiative will be the largest piece of animal welfare legislature in U.S. history. Although it’s a modest measure, it will make a difference in the lives of chickens, pigs and calves in California by giving them minimum space standards in their living conditions.
Now that it’s going to be on the ballot, we are moving to the next step of the campaign; raising public awareness. In order to do this, Californians for Humane Farms and the Humane Society of the United States will create and run a television advertising campaign to educate voters about choosing a more compassionate way of raising animals for food.
So this leads me to the benefit dinner. Megan prepared an amazing meal for everyone. A couple dishes that stand out in my mind were the Turmeric Lo-Mein with Thai Tofu, the Thai Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing and for desert, the Vegan Peanut Butter-Banana Chocolate Chip Bread. For libations the Sangria was a huge hit.
The generosity of our friends was incredible, in total they donated $1,700 $1750 to help the campaign. A huge thank you to everyone that supported this initiative and donated.
If you are just now finding out about this and want to provide your support (even if you’re not a California resident), please do so today at www.humanecalifornia.org - you can sign up to host your own house party, endorse the initiative as a local business owner and of course, make a donation to help the campaign.
It’s official, California’s will have the opportunity to vote on more humane treatment of factory farmed animals. We needed just over 400,000 signatures to get on the November 11th ballot and we were able to gather 782,507 signatures! Almost double! This just goes to show that with some volunteer elbow grease and an educated public, we can all make a difference in the lives of millions of animals in this state.
But, we still need your help. The “opposition” will be mounting a formidable campaign with ridiculous claims of higher food prices, hurting small farmers and other silly things. They have lots of money to spend and will be advertising heavily. Please contribute to Californian’s for Humane Farms by either volunteering time, throwing a fund raising party and/or donating money. Any time or money that you can spare will make a difference!
Although this measure has a modest impact on helping factory farmed animals…it happens to be the largest initiative of its kind in the United States, ever! When this passes in California other states will follow and soon the lives of ALL factory farmed animals will be just a little bit better.
So remember, no one is asking that you stop eating meat (although it’d be a lot cooler if you did). All we are asking for is that before that pork chop or chicken wing makes it to your plate, the animal that provided it was able to stand up, turn around and lie down comfortably. Pretty simple stuff.
Help more pigs be happy like this guy!
Hi all, I know it’s been a long time since my last post. I am picking it up again (but probably not on a daily basis as I don’t have enough time). With that said, if you are a resident in California there is a great petition being circulated to help alleviate the suffering of many factory farmed animals. Your help and “John Hancock” is needed!
Californians for Humane Farms must collect 650,000 signatures to place a measure on the California ballot to prevent cruelty to calves raised for veal, pigs during pregnancy and egg-laying hens. We must collect these signatures and submit them for verification by the end of February 2008. We have just 7 weeks left! Join thousands of volunteers and collect signatures from registered California voters all over California.
Even if you can’t volunteer to gather signatures, please sign the petition yourself and get your friends and family to do so as well. More information can be found at http://humanecalifornia.org/ or by clicking on the pig on the sidebar. ->>
Meg and I gather signatures at Kobey’s Swap Meet here in San Diego on Sunday afternoons. If you’re in the area, stop on by to sign it (if we’re not there, others will also be volunteering and happy to take your signature).
If you want to view some photos of what types of cages this measure will do away with, click here.
Thanks and Happy New Year!