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AirTalk debates 2018 ballot initiatives: Prop 12 - Farm animal confinement

A group of pigs resting at a livestock farm.
A group of pigs resting at a livestock farm.
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Prop 12, the “Farm Animal Confinement Initiative,” requires California farmers to provide a specific minimum square footage for confined animals such as calves raised for veal, breeding pigs, and egg-laying hens.

Prop 12 also bans the sale of products from animals confined in areas below the requirement. 

Supporters say that Prop 12, introduced by the Humane Society, prevents animal cruelty. Opponents such as egg and pork farmers say Prop 12 will drive up food costs and create a possible shortage. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has also come out against Prop 12, accusing the Humane Society for conspiring with the egg industry.

We take a look at the pros and cons of the measure. 

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Josh Balk, spokesperson for the Yes on 12 campaign and vice president of Farm Animal Protection at The Humane Society of the United States, an animal advocacy organization

Bradley Miller, spokesperson for the No on 12 campaign, and Californians Against Cruelty, Cages and Fraud., a nonprofit which advocates for farm animal protection