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California Treatment of Farm Animals Initiative (2008)

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The Treatment of Farm Animals Initiative (07-0058) was shooting for the November 2008 general election ballot in California as an initiated state statute. Its supporters had to have turned in 433,971 valid signatures by April 21, 2008 in order to make the November ballot, they did not meet this deadline.

The objective of the initiative was to require that an enclosure or tether confining pregnant pigs or veal calves allow the animals for the majority of every day to fully extend their limbs, lie down, stand up, and turn around.

The proposed law also:

  • Requires the California Department of Food and Agriculture to publish regulations establishing standards of care for egg-laying hens in accordance with industry recommendations.
  • Exceptions are made for transportation, rodeos, fairs, 4-H programs, lawful slaughter, personal consumption, research or by recommendation of a veterinary.
  • Provides misdemeanor penalties, including a fine not to exceed $500 and 40 hours of animal welfare instruction.

Estimated fiscal impact of the measure

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

Probably minor local and state enforcement and prosecution costs, partly offset by increased fine revenue.

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