Proposition Summary

STANDARDS FOR CONFINING FARM ANIMALS. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Requires that calves raised for veal, egg-laying hens and pregnant pigs be confined only in ways that allow these animals to lie down, stand up, fully extend their limbs and turn around freely. Exceptions made for transportation, rodeos, fairs, 4-H programs, lawful slaughter, research and veterinary purposes. Provides misdemeanor penalties, including a fine not to exceed $1,000 and/or imprisonment in jail for up to 180 days. Summary of Legislative Analyst’s Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact: Potential unknown decrease in state and local tax revenues from farm businesses, possibly in the range of several million dollars annually. Potential minor local and state enforcement and prosecution costs, partly offset by increased fine revenue

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Initiative STATUTE.

For Author

WAYNE PACELLE, President, The Humane Society of the United States; DR. KATE HURLEY, D.V.M., M.P.V.M., Clinical Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis; ANDREW KIMBRELL, Executive Director, Center for Food Safety

Against Author

DR. CRAIG REED, DVM, Former Deputy Administrator, Food Safety and Inspection Service, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); DR. TIM E. CARPENTER, Ph.D., Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Medicine and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis; DR. PATRICIA BLANCHARD, DVM, Ph.D., Branch Chief, University of California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System

Rebuttal Author

DEAN CLIVER, Professor Emeritus of Food Safety, University of California at Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine; MIKE KARLE, DVM, President, Association of California Veterinarians; HECTOR CERVANTES, DVM, President, American College of Poultry Veterinarians

Rebuttal Against Author

DR. IXCHEL MOSLEY, DVM, President, San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association; NIGEL WALKER, California Egg Farmer; MICHAEL JACOBSON, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Science in the Public Interest