A Clear Vote Against Intensive Confinement of Farm Animals

The California referendum to prohibit housing sows in gestation crates, hens in battery cages, and veal calves in crates by 2015 passed in November by a nearly two-to-one margin. AWI supported the measure because of our vehement opposition to the practice of confining animals in a manner that prevents even the most basic movement and behaviors, including the ability to simply turn around or spread one’s wings. With the adoption of the measure, it is our hope that farmers will respond by keeping animals in ways that are harmonious with their needs.

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