On Nov. 4. Californians could have the opportunity to vote on a historic ballot initiative, the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, which could greatly improve the lives of millions of animals raised on assembly-line factory farms. This type of farming confines pigs, calves and chickens in such small, restrictive cages that they cannot lie down, turn around or stretch their legs. This inhumane and cruel treatment of farm animals makes them more susceptible to diseases and problems, let alone the trauma they go through.
There is a growing concern that this type of farming is contributing to the depletion of our resources, pollution and global warming. Arizona, Florida and Oregon have banned pig gestation crates. Arizona has banned veal crates. Major California companies are moving away from battery cages and veal gestation crates, and the European Union has banned all three.
If you would like to support humane treatment of farm animals, send for petitions and get signatures as fast as you can. There are only two months left to get it on the ballot for November. For more info, go to www.humanecalifornia.org.
DONNA FORGEY CHAPIN