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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Update on Proposition 2 in CA

Again, thanks to Farmed Animal Net for this update on California's proposition 2.

California’s Proposition 2 is not solely about the California egg business but is also about the egg industry’s national survival, warned Gene Gregory at the annual legislative meeting of United Egg Producers (UEP). Gregory is the president and CEO of UEP, an industry trade group. The ballot initiative was the dominating topic of the meeting, where it was said that up to $50 million will be needed to successfully fight it. Throughout UEP’s annual meeting speakers cautioned that Prop 2’s passage would be a major blow to the industry. Efforts for such a ballot initiative in Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, New Hampshire and Vermont have failed but efforts are currently underway to establish similar legislation in Colorado and Washington.

In July, the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)’s board of directors voted 9-4 to endorse Prop 2. The action prompted many farmed animal vets to leave CVMA and form the Association of California Veterinarians, which subsequently voted to oppose the ballot initiative, reports Feedstuffs.

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