Proposition 12: Prevention of Cruelty to Farm Animals Act

Position: No Position

Establishes New Standards for Confinement of Specified Farm Animals; Bans Sale of Noncomplying Products. Initiative Statute.

Farm Animal Confinement Initiative; bans the sale of meat and eggs from calves raised for veal, breeding pigs, and egg-laying hens confined in areas below a specific number of square feet.

The Libertarian Party of California voted to take no position on this matter leaving it up to each individual to decide for themselves.

The arguments in favor of approving this initiative argue that Proposition 2 which passed in 2008 was written to vaguely and didn’t specify the amount of room an animal requires to lie down and move, and that this vagueness has allowed farmed animal producers to cram animals into cruel spaces.  They therefore believe that this proposition will remedy that by giving specific space requirements for certain farmed animals.

The arguments in opposition to this initiative claim that this is yet another poorly written law and only protects certain farmed animals (veal calves, breeding pigs and egg-laying hens).  The opponents further argue that these regulations will cause many farmers to go out of business, possibly creating a shortage of chickens and eggs and raising prices.