Californians love their critters. And they showed it again on Election Day by banning the sale of pork, eggs or veal from animals confined in tight cages.
Voters approved statewide Proposition 12 by a healthy margin of 61 to 39 percent.
The measure applies to animals in California, and those raised elsewhere for products sold in the Golden State.
Didn't We Already Vote on Cage-Free Conditions?
Residents may have experienced a little déjà vu when they cast their vote for Proposition 12. Back in 2008, voters overwhelmingly passed a strikingly similar animal welfare law. It won by 63-37 percent, losing in Central Valley farm counties, but passing in Los Angeles and Bay Area urban communities by as much as 70 percent or more.
The decade-old Proposition 2 promised to give animals enough room to stand up, sit down, turn around and extend their limbs or wings. But some farmers argued the measure's language was too vague to interpret in practical terms so they challenged the measure in court. Eventually, state agriculture officials ruled that farmers could comply with the law without getting rid of their cages, as long as they provided more space within them. To end confinement altogether, the Humane Society sponsored Proposition 12, which requires each farm animal has a specific amount of floor space.