This morning, as I was reading my morning Register, I found this intriguing article. Apparently, we may be voting next year on an initiative that would require farmers to provide more “living space” for their animals. Even if these animals are being raised for food, they would have to be treated more humanely.
The measure would force farmers to change current practices that keep most egg-laying hens, veal calves and pregnant pigs in small cages or boxes for most of their lives. It would require that enclosures be big enough for the animals to fully extend their wings or legs, lie down, stand up and turn around.
Well, shouldn’t farm animals be treated more humanely? The farmers are saying they already treat their animals well, and that this is just a thinly veiled effort by radical vegans to shut down the meat and dairy industry in California. However animal rights activists say that they’re not trying to indirectly ban dairy and meat, but only ensure that these farm animals are treated humanely. OK, so who’s telling the truth here?
What do YOU think about this proposed animal rights initiative? Is this just an attempt to put meat and dairy farmers out of business? Or is this just an attempt to give farm animals a better life? I want to hear what YOU have to say about this proposed ballot measure, so please say what’s on your mind.
Go ahead. Make my day. Fire away and have your say!