Washington, DC -
11/12/2008 - The Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production today praised the passage of Proposition 2 in California, a ballot initiative banning the use of battery cages in egg production, gestation crates in swine production, and veal crates.
In passing the measure, public health advocates, animal welfare, and sustainable farming advocates overcame a vigorous challenge from factory farming interests determined to put private profit over public health. “In April, the Pew Commission released its recommendations after a two year study of industrial farming practices,” said PCIFAP Executive Director Robert Martin. “We found that these confinement practices were not only inhumane, but endangered the public health because they require the non-therapeutic use of antibiotics, a practice physicians say is a direct contributor to the phenomenon of antibiotic resistance in the country.”
California joins Florida, Arizona, Colorado, and Oregon in banning these types of confinement systems. “With five states prohibiting the use of these practices—including California, the world’s 6th largest economy, it is hopefully only a matter of time before the nation as a whole adopts similar regulations,” said Martin.
The Pew Commission, convened in 2005 to study the impacts of dramatic changes in animal agriculture in America over the past 40 years, is a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. For more information, visit www.pcifap.org.