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Factory Farms in California

October 17th, 2008 | by Tom Harper |

Most of us are sickened by the treatment of animals at factory farms. And now California — finally — has an initiative on the ballot which will eliminate some of the worst practices.

If you’d like to know more about factory farming, this website has a lot of information, including some gory pictures and videos. Be sure you haven’t eaten recently if you go to this site.

Basically, this initiative requires that all farm animals have enough room in their cages to be able to lie down, stand up and turn around. This will apply to all livestock, but the main opposition is coming from the poultry industry.

A few huge factory farms — mostly from outside of California — have contributed millions of dollars to defeat Proposition 2. As of September 30th (the most recent poll I could find), Proposition 2 was leading: 72% in favor, 10% against and 18% undecided. But we’ll see…

There are still a lot of scary commercials yet to come, and a lot of mainstream and supposedly liberal newspapers (including the San Francisco Chronicle) have come out against it. So far the funniest (but not ha ha) scare story is that if chickens are allowed out of their cages, there’ll be an epidemic of Avian Flu. And of course, food prices will go through the roof, thousands of farmers will go out of business, the economy will collapse and the terrorists will win.

Even funnier (in that Orwellian sort of way) is a poultry farmer from Petaluma, CA — Steve Mahrt. According to one of the comments in this article, he thinks chickens are happier when they’re crammed all snug and cozy inside their comfy little cages.

Whatever toxic waste products his farm is producing, he’s been smoking some of it.

Here are some more links.

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