It’s cruel and inhumane to lock animals in tiny cages for their whole lives. Such confinement causes extreme suffering and increases food safety risks. Farm animals and California consumers deserve protection from such inhumane and substandard products in the marketplace. Many other states and food retailers have adopted cage-free standards – it’s time for California to follow suit and become a leader with cage-free standards.
Prop 12 would require cage-free housing and improve space requirements in California for three types of animals who are typically confined in tiny cages on factory farms: baby veal calves, mother pigs, and egg-laying hens. It would also ensure that veal, pork, and eggs sold in the state come from operations meeting these modest standards.
Want more information about the election? Please check out Sierra Club California’s 2018 endorsements. The Sierra Club has an excellent Agriculture and Food policy that includes a statement on Climate Change and Agriculture, which begins by saying, “Industrial agricultural and food system practices are a significant contributor to climate change, and it is essential that they be transformed to minimize generation of greenhouse gases and maximize carbon sequestration in plants and soils.”