Farm animals had their own small victory last night as Californians passed proposition 2, the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, by an overwhelming majority.
The act specifically deals with banning undue confinement of animals in veal crates, hen battery cages, and sow gestation crates. If you want to read the specifics, click here for a pdf of the legislation.
A few other states have passed similar legislation, but, since California is the country's largest agricultural state, this ballot measure will have the greatest impact--affecting nearly 20 million animals. For more on the Humane Society president Wayne Pacelle's work on prop 2, read this recent Times magazine piece, the Barnyard Strategist. I'll be curious to see if other states, including Minnesota, follow California's lead and enact similar measures.