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Yes on Prop 2!

Please donate to help farm animals in California, and, if you live in CA, please vote YES on Prop 2! Learn more about the initiative to give farm animals humane living conditions here.

Yes on Prop 2

Kudos to Mutts!

Cartoonist Patrick McDonnell is devoting a week of his comic strip, MUTTS, to educating folks about California’s Prop 2, which would ensure humane conditions for farm animals in the state, the largest agricultural producer in the U.S.

Please vote for Prop 2 if you live in California. If not, please tell everyone you know in California to support the measure.

See the Farm Sanctuary’s press release here!

Farm Sanctuary Action Altert: Help Farm Animals in California

Farm Sanctuary Action Alert

As you know, Farm Sanctuary has fought factory farming cruelty for more than 20 years. But right now, with your help, we have the greatest chance in history to effect change on factory farms – so I’m asking for your immediate action.

Proposition 2, on the ballot in California, would outlaw the most painful, horrendous confinement systems that we have been fighting all along – gestation crates for pregnant pigs, battery cages for egg-laying hens and veal crates for calves.

But we must raise $250,000 by this Thursday, Oct. 23, at noon to air our TV ads that will educate voters before the election. Farm Sanctuary has invested its staff and its advocacy budget in this campaign. And today I am asking you to make a gift directly to the YES! on Prop 2 campaign.

In just 15 days, California voters will have the chance to say “YES on Prop 2” and help relieve the suffering of 20 million animals. The passage of this legislation will send shockwaves through the nation – showing consumers, industry leaders, the media, politicians… everyone… that these systems are cruel and must be outlawed. It will spur change across the country, and lead to more reform at every level. The benefits of victory are immeasurable. The future of farm animals in the U.S. is hinging on this battle… and the animals are counting on us.

When Farm Sanctuary first began documenting factory farming cruelty in the U.S. in 1986, most people hadn’t heard of a “gestation crate” or a “battery cage.” But, we went in and took pictures, videos … and we rescued animals … who had languished day after day, year after year, in these cages.

This is the “system” of factory farming that has taken over America’s farms. Millions of animals face this exact misery … and they need help. Please make a special gift today directly to the YES! on Prop 2 campaign.

Farm Sanctuary has set out to bring the gross abuses of factory farming to the forefront in the media and STOP them. We fight – and win – many hard battles for farm animals, including passing the first laws in the U.S. to ban cruel factory farming practices.

And we can win this latest fight, but we truly can’t do it without you. We can’t afford not to win. The animals can’t afford to lose. We must rally every resource and fight Prop 2 opposition head to head.

We have broad support. But the opposition’s resources are vast. They are investing millions in misleading ads to dissuade voters from supporting Prop 2. We will be fighting up until Election Day and need every dollar to air as many ads as possible in the limited time left.

In order to win, we need every Farm Sanctuary member to join in this fight. We need you to make this commitment.

Please, send your emergency donation to the YES! on Prop 2 campaign right now to put television ads on the air. And, forward this email encourage others to join this campaign and urge Californians to vote YES! on Prop 2.

By making a gift today, you can make history. You can bring an end to the most egregious, unacceptable practices in the factory farming industry.

On behalf of the pigs, cattle and chickens at Farm Sanctuary, who have lived through the horrors of factory farms, we thank you for taking action and making a difference for all farm animals.

What the #$%@?

I am appalled by one of the people interviewed for a story that was broadcast on today’s episode of “Morning Edition.”

In the story, Steve Inskeep provided a clip of an interview from Tina Graham, a Virginian and Democrat who doesn’t support McCain but also doesn’t think she can bring herself to vote for Obama.

She said: “Until [Obama] was nominated to run for president, I never really thought about whether or not that I was racist, or however you want to put it…It’s just the fact that I think that he will represent [African Americans] in what they want and in what they need and stuff, and forget about — you know, they’re his people, they’re his race.”

Hey, Tina, the question is answered. Guess what? You are a racist! Thanks for playing.

NPR Story

DawnWatch on Palin

Karen Dawn, of DawnWatch, has an extensive alert and call to action regarding Palin’s nomination and the opportunities it provides to bring animals into the conversation regarding the upcoming election. Dawn explains, “Sarah Palin has so far shown a level of hostility to animal interests that is well outside the norm. Her presence on the ticket therefore gives us the chance to let it be known that such a stance matters, and that to most people, both Democrat and Republican, it is a negative.” Please read her entire discussion here.

DawnWatch is entirely nonpartisan and will not tell you for whom to vote, but I am not constrained by that position, and I will tell you to vote for Obama, for the animals, for social justice, and for the environment.

McCain’s VP Choice Bad for Animals

Please, please, reconsider voting for John McCain if he is your top presidential pick. His Vice Presidential running mate, Sarah Palin, is a disaster on all the issues that matter to me, and I hope matter to you: social justice, the environment, and, most close to my heart, animals.

Michale Markarian, of the Huntington Post, discusses how both VP candidates fair on animal issues here. I strongly encourage you to read his article and consider if you want Palin to represent you in the White House.

Some of her positions:

  • Polar Bears should not be on the endangered species list (She opposed the listing, and when the Bush Administration put the polar bear on the list, filed a lawsuit against it.)
  • Hunters should receive bonuses for the aerial shooting of wolves (She spent $400,000 of state money on a PR campaign to support her position.)
  • Trophy hunting is a valuable sport

She is not the kind of leader we want for the nation.

McCain’s VP Choice Bad for the Environment

From Greenpeace USA:

“Sarah Palin has one of the most anti-environment records of any governor in the United States. She has supported oil drilling in some of the most ecologically sensitive areas in Alaska, even when it meant sacrificing polar bears, beluga whales, and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Despite her advocacy for expanded oil and gas drilling, Palin has done almost nothing to promote the clean energy sources that can help solve global warming, which is already having major negative consequences in her state. That shouldn’t be surprising since she started her campaign by denying the reality of man-made global warming.

“In a way, this is an appropriate choice for John McCain, who has rapidly abandoned his environmental principles and adopted the agenda of the oil executives backing his campaign.”

Detailed Greenpeace Backgrounder on Palin’s Environmental Record Available Here: http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/assets/binaries/palin-backgrounder

Grist article here.