Prop 12: Voters strongly favor new farm animal standards

SAN DIEGO — Voters appeared to overwhelmingly approve a new set of restrictions on the way farmers are allowed to maintain livestock with their response to Proposition 12.

“Yes” votes far outweighed “No” votes, with 61 percent in support against only 39 percent of voters opposed to the new standards.

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Proposition 12 establishes new minimum space requirements based on square feet for calves raised for veal, house breeding pigs and egg-laying hens. It also bans sales in California of products from hens, calves and pigs raised in other states that do not meet California’s standards.

The proposition dubbed “Prevention of Cruelty to Farm Animals Act” builds on a ballot measure, Proposition 2, passed in 2008 and banned keeping hens, calves and pigs in tiny cages so cramped they couldn’t stand up, lie down or turn around.

Supporters said it will create more humane conditions for animals raised for human consumption and egg-laying hens.

Some opponents argued the measure put too much of a burden on farmers who had already faced a new set of restrictions from Proposition 2 in 2008, while other opponents said the measure didn’t do enough to protect animals.