The East Bay Animal PAC is pleased to endorse YES on Prop 12. Prop 12 would require cage-free housing and improve space requirements in California for veal calves, mother pigs, and egg laying hens who are typically confined in tiny cages on factory farms. It would also ensure that veal, pork, and eggs sold in the state come from operations meeting these modest standards.
The vast majority of egg-laying hens, mother pigs, and veal calves caught up in the food system come from animals unable to engage in important natural behaviors, virtually immobilizing them for the duration of their existence. This important legislation would make it illegal to subject these highly intelligent, sensitive animals to this extreme confinement and illegal to sell products that come from operations that use those intensive confinement practices.
Farm animals and California consumers deserve protection from such inhumane and substandard products in the marketplace. Many other states and food retailers have adopted cage-free standards – it’s time for California to to follow suit and become a leader with cage-free standards.
The East Bay Animal PAC overwhelmingly endorsed Dan Kalb in the race for Assembly District 15, which encompasses Richmond, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Albany, Piedmont, as well as parts of Oakland and Contra Costa County. Kalb has been a leading voice on the Oakland City Council in defending the rights of animals, including spearheading a ban on plastic straws, which are harmful to wildlife and waterways, and a ban on bullhooks, which are used to coerce elephants to perform tricks in the circus. The bullhook ban led Ringling Brothers to stop using elephants in its shows nationwide. Kalb has also been a leading voice regionally and statewide in protecting our parks, waterways and open spaces.
Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin spoke to East Bay Animal PAC supporters on October 2, 2017. Mayor Arreguin continues to lead the fight for animal welfare in the East Bay. He spoke about why he fought to ban the declawing of cats and dogs, as well as the primate guardian issue, the prohibition of discriminating against renters with pets or guide dogs, the ban on animal testing, the plastic straw ban and this week’s ban on live animal giveaways.
Nancy O’Malley generously volunteered her time on Monday, July 3, 2017 to speak to East Bay Animal PAC supporters about the links between violence against humans and violence against animals, and how her office deals with both issues. We thank District Attorney O’Malley for taking animal abuse seriously, and addressing the interests of all vulnerable members of our community. Thank you everyone for joining us. Your support makes events with animal-friendly elected officials like this possible.
We had a wonderful time at our kick off last night at Rosenblum Cellars Winery & Tasting Room. Thank you to all who came and especially to Mayor Libby Schaaf for her words of support. Animals are important members of our community and we’re excited for all we’ll accomplish on their behalf with your support.