Cruelty to animals is illegal in California, but proponents of Proposition 2 claim it is practiced anyway by the veal, pork and egg industries. Prop 2 would provide that calves, pigs and chickens be housed in cages that allow them to lie down, stand up, fully extend their limbs and turn around. We hear both sides and look at the conditions leading to deadly fires and nightmarish traffic.
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Proposition 2 on next month's statewide ballot would set new standards for confining farm animals, including pregnant pigs, calves raised for veal and egg-laying hens. Veal and pork aren't big business in California, but eggs are a $337 million industry, which involves some 20 million hens. Prop 2 would require that calves, pigs and chickens be confined only in ways that allow them to lie down, stand up, fully extend their limbs and turn around freely. Violations would be misdemeanors with penalties including fines up to $1000 dollars and/or 180 days in jail.
Major fires have been burning all day in the San Fernando Valley, risking lives and property, causing evacuations, massive traffic jams and extensive air pollution.