Establishes new minimum space requirements for confining veal calves, breeding pigs, and egg-laying hens. Requires egg-laying hens be raised in cage-free environment after December 31, 2021. Prohibits certain commercial sales of specified meat and egg products derived from animals confined in noncomplying manner. Defines sales violations as unfair competition. Creates good faith defense for sellers relying upon written certification by suppliers that meat and egg products comply with new confinement standards. Requires State of California to issue implementing regulations. Fiscal Impact: Potential decrease in state income tax revenues from farm businesses, likely not more than several million dollars annually. State costs up to $10 million annually to enforce the measure.
Popular Vote Results
Y:7551434; A:62.7; N:4499702; B:37.3
Code Sections Affected
Health and Safety Code;
CRYSTAL MORELAND, California State Director, The Humane Society of the United States, DR. JAMES REYNOLDS, DVM, MPVM, DACAW, Professor of Large Animal Medicine and Welfare, Western University College of Veterinary Medicine, ANDREW DECORIOLIS, Director of Strategic Programs and Engagement, Farm Forward
BRADLEY MILLER, President, Humane Farming Association (HFA), PETER T. BROWN, Advisory Board Member, Friends of Animals (FoA), LOWELL FINLEY, Treasurer, Californians Against Cruelty, Cages, and Fraud
Rebuttal Against Author
DR. BARBARA HODGES, DVM, MBA, Veterinary Adviser, Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, JEFF PETERSON, General Manager, Central Valley Eggs, BROOKE HAGGERTY, Executive Director, Animal Protection and Rescue League
Establishes New Standards for Confinement of Specified Farm Animals; Bans Sale of Noncomplying
Products. Initiative Statute. California Proposition 12 (2018).