It's an initiative to prevent the worst abuse of farm animals in the food industry in the state. It seems to me that chaining veal calves by the neck and forcing pigs - as intelligent and as emotionally evolved as dogs - into crates that prevent them from even turning around are practices that truly need to end. I'm not a vegetarian and I don't like some aspects of the animal rights movement. But I do believe that a civilized society is defined by how it treats its most vulnerable, and among the most vulnerable are those parts of God's creation who are currently abused and tortured for our benefit. Here's a link to the Humane Society in California behind the initiative and here's a video detailing the campaign. I'd say it's worth your time and money and vote.

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