Here’s an update since we first announced this in the October 2007 BAVeg News:
People in California who are opposed to the cruel treatment of animals on factory farms have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do something to improve the lives of millions of animals. Californians for Humane Farms is entering its final days of signature gathering to qualify a historic ballot initiative for the November 2008 election. 90,000 signatures are still needed.
Sponsored by the Humane Society of the US, Farm Sanctuary, and others, the initiative would outlaw gestation crates, battery cages, and veal crates in California, giving 20 million animals on factory farms each year improved conditions. This sounds and is moderate–just giving them these basic improved conditions–but would be a huge improvement and make a significant difference for these animals, especially for egg-laying hens who, if this passes, would be able to lay eggs in nests and to dustbathe (the way chickens keep themselves clean), which are critically important to them.
Getting this initiative on the ballot would also raise a tremendous amount of awareness about factory farming and, as has been shown from similar initiatives in smaller states, continue to build momentum against factory farms that has already led to pledges from pork and veal producers to phase out some of the cruelest confinement systems facing animals on farms.
Californians for Humane Farms volunteers all over the state have gathered hundreds of thousands of signatures already, by asking their family and friends or by going out publicly to gather signatures at busy locations, but we are still behind and need to really pick up the pace for the final days.
Petitions are due into the office by February 22, and the deadline to request petitions is February 8. Petitions are due into the office by February 22 to qualify this initiative for the November 2008 ballot. Signatures can also be collected during the weekend of Feb. 23 and 24, but they must be hand-delivered to your nearest Humane California office on Monday, Feb. 25. Any signatures turned in after this date will be considered invalid. Send your petitions to the office serving your counties.
The Bay Ares office is
Californians for Humane Farms
268 Bush Street; #3149
San Francisco, CA 94104
Counties Of: San Francisco/Marin/San Mateo/Santa Clara/Santa Cruz/Alameda
Contra Costa/Calavera/San Joaquin/Alpine/Stanislaus/Tuolumne/Mono
Fore more information, please go to www.humanecalifornia.org. You can also call the office at 415-772-0952 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Your chance to be part of this fantastic opportunity to help millions of animals is almost over.