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California approves more restrictions on cages in livestock production

California voters have approved  a statewide measure that would place greater restrictions on the use of cages in livestock production.

Proposition 12 passed with the support of 61 percent of state voters, according to the California Secretary of State’s website. The measure received 4.1 million “yes” votes and 2.6 million “no” votes.

Passage of the measure means there will “be new minimum requirements on farmers to provide more space for egg-laying hens, breeding pigs and calves raised for veal. California businesses (will) be banned from selling eggs or uncooked pork or veal that came from animals housed in ways that did not meet these requirements,” according to information from the Legislative Analyst’s Office, the California Legislature’s Nonpartisan Fiscal and Policy Advisor.

The Legislative Analyst’s Office estimated that the state will spend up to $10 million annually to enforce the measure, with several million dollars lost annually in state income tax revenue from farm businesses.

Opponents, including the meat industry, said the measure will increase the cost of food.

Supporters, including the Humane Society of the United States, said the measure will improve animal welfare.

The Legislative Analyst’s Office estimated the state will spend up to $10 million annually to enforce the measure, with several million dollars  potentially lost annually in state income tax revenue from farm businesses.

To learn more about the measure: https://lao.ca.gov/BallotAnalysis/Proposition?number=12&year=2018.

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