A New Day for Animals?
Prop 2 Passes.
Ban on Dog Racing

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Originally Posted: 5 November 2008

A New Day for Animals?
Prop 2 Passes.
Ban on Dog Racing

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California: Proposition 2 Passes

Farm Sanctuary: In an historic victory, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 2, a landmark measure that bans factory farming confinement systems -- battery cages, veal crates and gestation crates -- in the state by 2015. By a vote of more than 60%, Californians sent a clear message to big agribusiness that cruelty to animals is unacceptable.

From Kinship Circle: The California Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act passed in the largest agricultural state in the U.S., particularly for egg-laying hens. While a ban on the most egregious cruelty will now be phased in, some see this as a “permission slip” to subject animals to deprivation, drugging, slaughter and consumption. In other words, dinner still has a face...just a little less unhappy before dying.

But clearly -- the issue of eating animals has entered mainstream consciousness. And of equal importance: The people have a voice. Despite the millions agribusiness lobbyists spent on overturning this initiative, it passed. The ballot initiative system, fueled by grassroots stamina, worked.

DISCLAIMER: Kinship Circle believes a vegan lifestyle is the ultimate way to end animal cruelty and other devastating impacts of animal agriculture.

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Massachusetts: Ban on Dog Racing to be Phased in by 2010

November 4, 2008: One vote went to the dogs, literally, as Massachusetts citizens voted yes on Question 3, approving The Greyhound Protection Act.

The majority vote of "yes" on Ballot Question 3 in Massachusetts means that greyhound racing will be banned. The existing dog racing tracks in Massachusetts will be ordered to shut down by January 1, 2010, as commercial dog racing is slowly "phased out" in the Baystate. Massachusetts Ballot Question 3 passed, with 56% voting "yes" on Question 3, and 44% voting "no." A majority vote was required to pass The Greyhound Protection Act.... 

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Looking Ahead To A More Humane Administration

While Kinship Circle, a 501c3 nonprofit charity, does not publicly endorse candidates -- we can report that our new president, Barack Obama, and vice president, Joe Biden, score quite high on their humane voting records. And, our new predominately Democrat Congress has a more lenient approach to animal protection and environmental issues than the outgoing administration.

Our work never rests. We still need to pass laws regarding horse slaughter, downed animals, puppy mills, endangered wildlife...and much more. But maybe, just maybe...a new day for animals and people has begun.

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Read How Obama and Biden Have Voted on Humane Bills

Humane Society Legislative Fund Endorses Obama-Biden


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