Animal rights coalition wins place on California ballot this fall

Read the original article by Chris Scott at meatingplace.com here.

A group of organizations seeking to change laws regarding the confinement of animals on farms has received a spot on the ballot for the November 2018 election in California.

Prevent Cruelty California said its measure requires cage-free housing and improved space requirements for three types of animals usually confined to small cages on farms, including egg-laying hens, breeding pigs and veal calves. The measure also requires that eggs, pork and veal sold in California is generated from operations that meet the revised proposed cage confinement standards, the group said on its website.

The group – which includes the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Mercy for Animals and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association – collected more than 660,000 signatures from California voters to win a spot on the ballot.

The deadlines for compliance if the measure is approved by voters range from Dec. 21, 2019 for the elimination of veal crates to Dec. 31, 2021 for a ban on pork sold from confined sows and a guarantee that all egg-laying chickens are housed in cage-free systems.

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