Proposition 12: Improve Conditions for Farm Animals
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Yes votes: 7,551,434 (62.7%)
No votes: 4,499,702 (37.3%)
Proposition 12 would ban meat and eggs sales from calve, pigs, or hens raised in pens smaller than a spcified number of feet. Specifically, hens could not be raised in pens with less than 1 foot of floor space. Pigs could not be raised in pens with less than 24 feet of floor space. And calves could not be raised in pens smaller than 43 feet of floor space. The size restructions would go into effect in two 2020 with further restrictions in 2022.
Supporters believe Proposition 12 will create more humane housing for pigs, hens, and calves. They claim the measure will reduce the risk of food poisoning and factory farm pollution. They claim that it will benefit farmers by forcing factory farms to stop cutting corners.
Opponents say that Proposition 12 actually legalizes the use of egg-factory cages that Proposition 2 outlawed in 2008. They claim that the measure actually will decrease space for hens, not increase it. They also say the measure will allow the legislature to make further housing changes without voter approval.