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Activists Succeed in Passing More Restrictions on Production Ag, Bringing Them Closer to Real Goal

Fri, 09 Nov 2018 11:41:37 CST

Activists Succeed in Passing More Restrictions on Production Ag, Bringing Them Closer to Real Goal


Those involved in anti-animal agriculture efforts got a big win in the Tuesday, November elections out in California with the state’s Proposition #12 easily passing. This ballot initiative sets new standards in place for cage-free laying hens, for veal and for sows in gestation crates. Hannah Thompson-Weeman of the Animal Agriculture Alliance spoke with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays this week about the confirmation of that pivotal piece of policy being imposed on producers and pushed by activists.


“This was a very successful campaign for them. They did get a majority to vote for it and they had a lot of money to do that,” Thompson-Weeman said, noting that the war-chest for this campaign totaled upwards of $13 million thanks in part to donations from organizations with ties to one of the ag industry’s staunchest opponent, the Humane Society of the United States. “This was probably the most newsworthy thing for animal ag to happen on Election Day and it will be interesting to see what this means for the long-term.”


Passing Prop-12, explains Thompson-Weeman, puts animal rights activists another step closer to their ultimate goal of eliminating animal agriculture all together. This is of course part of an overarching strategy that the groups behind these measures that impose restrictive practices on producers, to force consumers to make hard choices about the food they buy at the grocery store, essentially by out-pricing animal-based products.


“That’s why they push for these requirements, because they want production to be less efficient, which then drives up costs,” she said. “They want to force consumers to make tough choices at the grocery store and not be able to afford products.”


Listen to Thompson-Weeman and Hays discuss this latest win for the anti-animal ag agenda, on today’s Beef Buzz.


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