Vet Blog Election Day Predictions

For those of you who haven't been following the news, there is an election in the United States today. It turns out that several important...

Dr. Eric Barchas  |  Nov 4th 2008


For those of you who haven’t been following the news, there is an election in the United States today.

It turns out that several important issues are on the ballot. I will be watching one with particular interest.

Today Californians will vote on Proposition 2, the Humane Farming initiative. If it passes, this ballot measure will change California law by 2015 to allow all farm animals to stand up, lie down, turn around and spread their limbs.

Proponents of the measure (including me) claim that the measure is a no-brainer. Click here, here or here to see what I have had to say about this matter in the past.

Opponents of Proposition 2 worry that it will lead to decreased food safety, outsourcing of agriculture to Mexico and a shattered agriculture industry in California.

Here is my prediction. Proposition 2 will pass by a landslide today. In 2015, when all farm animals are allowed to stand up, lie down, turn around and extend their limbs the sky will not fall. Disease will not spread. Food production will not be outsourced to Mexico. I predict that Proposition 2 ultimately will strengthen and invigorate California’s agriculture industry and economy.

Have a great election day.

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