Each year more than 30 billion animals in the United States are raised for human or animal consumption. With advancements in technology, science and education you would think these animals are raised humanely, without pain, needless suffering or distress even when not legislated. So why then, has a proposition appeared on this year's ballot that prohibits the confinement of farm animals so that it does not allow them to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, or fully extend their limbs?


Unfortunately, since 1906, when Upton Sinclair's published "The Jungle," little has changed to lessen farm animal suffering. One change is that the farming industry is now "more efficient."Although long overdue, Proposition 2, even if passed will not become effective until January 1, 2015.


During that time more than 63 billion chickens, the most intensively confined of all farmed animals, will never feel the sun on their backs or breathe fresh air. Every year over 9 billion chickens are crammed into cages, stacked on top of each other so that the excrement from chickens in the higher cages constantly falls on those chickens below. To combat the frustration created by the unnatural confinement the industry routinely cuts part the bird's beaks off so that they won't peck each other to death? This results in a high mortality rate simply because the pain endured is comparable to having your fingers chopped off.


In one year alone, hundreds of thousands of veal calves will be chained by the neck in crates that are so small they will be unable to turn around, lie down comfortably or groom themselves. John Robbins eloquently stated, "the veal calf would actually have more space if, instead of chaining him in such a stall, you stuffed him into the trunk of a subcompact car and kept him there for his entire life." There must be something fundamentality wrong with our society when legislation has to be created to outline the most basic freedoms for creatures that we have been entrusted to care for. Please vote yes on Proposition 2.