Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Casting A Vote For Good Stewardship - Prop 2

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Denying animals the ability even to turn around is surely not an example of good stewardship.
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Prop 2 a ballot initiative is an unprecedented measure that would free nearly 20 million animals from intensive confinement in cages and crates. This California ballot initiative could improve the lives of nearly 20 million creatures and spark nationwide reform.
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A recent study by the prestigious Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production makes clear, the proposed California reforms are far from radical. The report, which concludes that factory farms pose unacceptable risks to public health, animal well-being, and the environment, was authored by commissioners with wide-ranging backgrounds, including former Kansas Gov. John Carlin, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, cattle rancher Bill Niman, and University of Tennessee veterinarian Michael Blackwell.
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Facts -
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Veal crates.
In order to produce veal, most calves are taken from their mothers when they are just hours or days old and then tethered by their necks in crates too narrow for them to turn around or even lie down comfortably. Virtually immobilized and prevented from engaging in natural behavior, they suffer immensely.
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Gestation crates.
During nearly their entire four-month pregnancies, millions of female pigs used for breeding are confined in barren gestation crates – individual, metal stalls only two-feet wide. The crates are so small that the animals cannot even turn around. Barely able to move, these highly intelligent and social animals suffer terribly and develop crippling joint disorders and lameness.
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Battery cages.
Nationwide, hundreds of millions of egg‐laying hens are confined in tiny, barren, battery cages so small that the birds can’t spread their wings, nest, dust-bathe, perch, or even walk more than a few painful steps. Each caged hen has less space than a sheet of letter‐sized paper on which to live for more than a year before she is killed.
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Visit The Humane Society Of The United States for more information on this, or other animal related issues.
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8 comments:

Content in a Cottage said...

Sabina...the mental pictures of these conditions are the actual reality. I am one step closer to becoming a vegitarian. You have inspired me.
Rosemary

Sabina said...

Hi Rosemary - Thanks for the commenting.

:)

ambika said...

I would love to see this spark a nationwide trend. We always buy free-range but guidelines (like organic) can be murky as to what that actually means. It would be fantastic to see that become compulsory.

Sabina said...

I couldn't agree more!!

Momma Chae said...

THANK YOU for saying something! If more people let themselves face the reality of where their food came from..... what a different world we would live in!

arootdigger2 said...

I couldn't find your email. So forgive me for posting off subject. What form template do you use?. Is it custom?. I love your wide open page.
jo

Sabina said...

No problem -- I wiil post your answer here and on your blog.

I use the -- Douglas Bowman -- Minima Stretch format.

Thanks for the comments!!

simpledaisy said...

Hi there..
I just stumbled onto your blog!!
For me, I guess that and a million other reasons is why I am a vegetarian!!!

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