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MORE ON CALIFORNIA'S VOTE ON LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION REQUIREMENTS
Oklahoma Farm Radio Network reports:

Californians overwhelmingly passed a ban on confining farm animals in cages during Tuesday's election. Proposition 12 sets space requirements for laying hens, breeding pigs, and calves raised for veal. Prop 12 also bans the sale in California of meat and eggs not raised according to state standards. It even bans the sale of products from out of state that also doesn't meet those same California standards.

Kitty Block, the Acting President of the Humane Society of the U.S., says, "California voters sent a loud and clear message that they reject the cruel cage confinement in the meat and egg industries." Animal protection, environmental, food safety, and sustainable farming groups all spearheaded the development and eventual passage of Prop 12.

Those who urged a no vote pointed out the forced compliance of Prop 12 beyond the borders of California- and predicted that push back from out of state farmers would happen- just as it has with Prop 2- passed more than 10 years ago. That measure dealt specifically with egg production.

California legislators followed Proposition 2 with a law requiring farms in other states to meet California standards if they want to sell their eggs here.

That law has been the subject of multiple legal challenges, including a pending lawsuit brought by 13 farm states that have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare the law unconstitutional. Meanwhile, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is trying to exempt other states from Proposition 2 through the farm bill now pending in Washington.

Proposition 12 also requires compliance by out-of-state farmers, likely triggering more political challenges and more lawsuits - with taxpayers picking up the tab to defend the law in court.

The battle over who knows best for the animals continues.


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