A precedent-setting ballot initiative campaign to ban what many consider to be the cruelest forms of confinement in the veal, egg, and pork industries has been underway in California for the past few months.
A total of 650,000 signatures are required to put the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act on the statewide ballot this November, and with just two weeks left, about 90,000 signatures are still needed.
If you are interested in finding out more about this initiative click here for full details: http://humanecalifornia.org/
More background information can be found in an LA Times editorial that ran this past Saturday, entitled "Hard to Stomach". In it, The LA Times criticized the USDA for failing to prevent abuses recently exposed by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in a California meat packing plant. There's also an Associated Press story about the USDA extending the ban on this plant which has been closed since the story broke on January 30th.