Arizona Proposition 204 passes overwhelmingly

Arizona voters overwhelmingly passed a historic initiative to improve the lives of farm animals — the Humane Treatment of Farm Animals Act.

Nov. 15, 2006

The passage of this proposition by 62 percent of the vote, makes Arizona the first state in the nation to prohibit the confinement of calves in veal crates and the second state to prohibit the confinement of breeding pigs in gestation crates. These two factory farming practices are infamous for their inherent cruelty and are both already banned throughout the European Union.

Sow gestation crates confine sows in 2 ft. by 7 ft. metal pens where they cannot turn around for most of their four- to five-year breeding life.

"The overwhelming passage of Proposition 204 will not only help thousands of animals in Arizona, but will also send a message to factory farming operations across the country that they must end the most abusive practices," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States.

Courtesy of The Humane Society of the United States