friend of farm animals,
I’m very excited to let you know that this week two important bills were signed into law that improve the lives of farm animals in California and Michigan. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill which will ban tail docking by the California dairy industry and Governor Jennifer Granholm of Michigan has just signed legislation to ban cruel battery cages, gestation crates and veal crates in her state. California is the first state to ban the tail docking of dairy cows. Michigan is now the second state to ban battery cages, following the example set by California last year with the passage of Proposition 2. It is also the fifth state to ban veal crates and the seventh to ban gestation crates.
Cutting off cows’ tails and confining animals so tightly that they cannot even turn around or stretch their limbs is cruel and outside the bounds of acceptable conduct. We are now seeing growing momentum in our collective efforts to end the most egregious abuses of farm animals in this country. These accomplishments are only possible because of your involvement and support.
Farm Sanctuary rallied our California members throughout the state generating thousands of letters to the governor, urging that he sign this basic humane measure. We also gathered celebrity supporters of Farm Sanctuary to submit a letter showing the broad opposition to this unnecessary cruelty. The celebrities who helped included Alicia Silverstone, Bill Maher, Bob Barker, Emily Deschanel, Eric Roberts, Esai Morales, Fred Willard, Ginnifer Goodwin, James Cromwell, Joan van Ark, Kim Basinger, Kristen Bell, Mariel Hemingway, Mimi Kennedy, Valerie Harper, Carol Leifer, Corey Feldman, and Ed Begley, Jr.
In Michigan, we worked with the Michigan Humane Society and the Humane Society of the United States to advance HB5127, including garnering cooperation from Michigan farmers. Our Michigan members reached out to their legislators letting them know that proposed industry control in an earlier version of the bill was not acceptable, and the language of HB5127 was changed for the benefit of farm animals. We were poised to undertake a ballot initiative similar to California’s Proposition 2, but with passage of this legislation to phase out cruel confinement systems in Michigan we are now able to focus our efforts in other states.
Because of your actions and your continuing support of Farm Sanctuary, we are making progress for farm animals. Thank you for standing by farm animals each day and for helping to make history this week.
Thank you for your compassion and
ongoing dedication to making a difference,
Co-founder and President