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City slickers want farm animals to have room to move

September 19, 2008 |  1:27 pm

Pssst -- jail break tonight. Pass it on Donors’ Zip codes tell the tale -- there's a strong urban-rural divide on Proposition 2, the November ballot measure that calls for calves, egg-laying hens and pregnant pigs to be confined only in ways that allow them to lie down, stand up and turn around freely.

More than half of the $6.8 million raised so far to oppose the measure has come from not only out of state but from far off the beaten path, like Mountain Hollow Farm in Leeds, Maine, and Hertzfeld Poultry Farms in Grand Rapids, Ohio, and Stiebrs Farms in Yelm, Washington.

The $5 million in “yes” donations, meanwhile, arrived from more urban and affluent places such as  Beverly Hills, Malibu, Newport Beach, San Francisco and Greenwich, Connecticut.

Joe Cornely, spokesman for the Ohio Farm Bureau, which gave $5,000 this month to oppose Proposition 2, said what’s at stake are proven livestock techniques that help give America an abundant, affordable food supply.

“What we see this as,” he said, “is an attempt to eventually eliminate the use of animals as a food product.”

“For the most part we in agriculture believe in live and let live,”  Cornely said. “If you don’t want to eat meat and use animal products, that’s fine ... but please don’t try to force your philosophy on other people.”

--Nancy Vogel

Photo: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

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