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California Recognition of Animals as Property Initiative (2008)

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The Recognition of Animals as Property Initiative (07-0062) was shooting for the November 2008 general election ballot in California as an initiated constitutional amendment. Its supporters would have had to turn in 694,354 valid signatures in order to make the November ballot. However, the California Secretary of State announced on May 2, 2008 that the measure had failed to qualify.[1]

The objective of the initiative was to amend the California Constitution to declare that all animals owned by citizens, including pets and animals used for agricultural purposes, are property.

It also prohibits enactment or enforcement of any law that would characterize privately-owned animals as anything other than property.

Estimated fiscal impact of the measure

Fiscal impact estimate as provided by California's Legislative Analyst office:

Probably no fiscal effect on state and local governments.

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