Monday, October 8, 2007 11:27 PM
Fellow animal advocates,
For the first time in the history of this movement, animal activists have an opportunity to help the lives of more animals than ever before. By getting the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act on the November 2008 ballot, and winning the majority of the public?s votes, 20 million animals each year will be relieved of the most excruciating suffering known to factory farmed animals ? veal crates, battery cages, and gestation crates. These are the most cruel and inhumane forms of extreme confinement, and they will be banned when this law is passed (although producers are given a 6 year phase-out period). Gestation crates for pigs have already been banned in Florida, Arizona, and Oregon. Arizona has banned veal crates as well. Once these barbaric practices are banned in California, the banning of battery cages in particular, this will set a national precedent which is bound to lead to even greater victories for the animals.
Extensive polls of public opinion in CA already show there is enough public support for this measure to pass easily. The question now is, will there be enough signatures to get the measure on the ballot? We need 650,000 valid signatures from California voters gathered by February 28, 2007 in order to get this very important initiative on the November 2008 ballot, just to give voters the chance to voice their opinion. We need every activist to take this task to heart for the next 5 months so we gather enough signatures to make it happen. If you are interested in volunteering your time for the animals to gather signatures, please check out www.humanecalifornia.org for further information, including certain legal requirements. (For example, you must be a registered California voter in order to gather legally valid signatures, and all signers must be registered to vote in California and signatures must be witnessed directly by the individual gathering the signatures. There are lots of other little rules, so please do check out the site and/or ask one of the volunteer coordinators of the campaign if you are interested in helping out.)
At the rally last week, people were asked to give 50 hours of their time (which translates into getting 1000 signatures during that time) over the next 5 months for this campaign. That?s just a little over 2 hours a week for farmed animals languishing in cruel confinement systems. I?ve committed to gathering 1000 signatures and if everyone on this group does as well, I?m sure we will meet the number of necessary signatures by February.
For those who missed last week?s kick-off rally and signature-gathering orientation, there is another opportunity coming up on Sunday, October 21, 2007, 6:45 PM - 9:30pm at Costa Mesa Alano Club located at 2040 Placentia Blvd in Costa Mesa, CA 92627. Speaking there will be special guest and long-time animal advocate Paul Shapiro, Senior Director of the Factory Farming Campaign of The Humane Society of the United States. For more information, please contact [address removed] or visit www.humanecalifornia.org to see how you can help.
Here are the Los Angeles volunteer coordinators for the campaign. You can contact them directly for petitions and information packets to get you started. They were both at the Animal Acres fundraiser a few nights ago and are very nice.
Christi Brockway & Whitney Smith
Los Angeles Coordinators
Californians for Humane Farms
6311 Van Nuys Boulevard, #438
Van Nuys, California[masked]
(323)[masked] (Christi) & (323)[masked] (Whitney)
[address removed] & [address removed]
The Promenade outreach is an ideal venue for signature gathering. Other good places would be farmer's markets, outside Whole Foods, outside movie theaters as people are lining up to go inside, and college campuses.
Thanks everyone for taking the time to volunteer for this very exciting and important campaign for farmed animals! Our efforts will be well worth it!