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Proposition 2 - Standards for Confining Farm Animals. Passed

Initiative Statute


What a Yes or No Vote Means

YES: A “YES” vote on this measure means: Beginning in 2015, state law would prohibit, with certain exceptions, the confinement on a farm of pregnant pigs, calves raised for veal, and egg-laying hens in a manner that does not allow them to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, and fully extend their limbs.

NO: A “NO” vote on this measure means: State law would not contain prohibitions specifically concerning the confinement of pregnant pigs, calves raised for veal, and egg-laying hens.

Full Text of Proposition 2 - (PDF)

Official Campaign Web Sites and Contact Information

Californians for Safe Food
P.O. Box 71541
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: 213-362-9539
Web site:

Who Signed the Ballot Arguments

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

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, PhD., Branch Chief, University of California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System

News Articles

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Follow the Money

Campaign Finances through October 18, 2008





Total Raised




Top Donors






The Humane Society of the United States
[Washington, D.C.]


Moark, LLC
[Norco, CA]


Farm Sanctuary, Inc.
[Watkins Glen, NY]



Cal-Maine Foods
[Jackson, MS]


The Fund for Animals
[New York, NY]



Rose Acre Farms
 [Seymore, IN]


Leslie Alexander, Owner, Houston Rockets
[Houston, TX]

Laurie C. McGrath, President & CEO,
McGrath Development, Inc.
[San Diego, CA],




Demler Enterprises
[Wasco, CA]


Animal Welfare Advocacy, Inc.
[Rye, NY]



Midwest Poultry Services, L.P.
[Mentone, IN]



Detailed information about all contributors for and against Proposition 2 is available from campaign finance reports at Cal-Access, the Secretary of State's campaign disclosure web site. To view the most recent contributions, select a committee and click "Late and $5000+ Contributions Received".


This page was first published on September 27, 2008 | Last updated on December 21, 2008
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