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'Mutts' comic creator campaigns in strips for Prop. 2

October 13, 2008 |  5:55 pm


The statewide campaign to improve conditions for California's farm animals moves from the news section to the funny pages this week.

The creator of the syndicated comic strip "Mutts" sends his farm animal characters to the streets to ask voters for better living conditions.

Patrick McDonnell devotes his strip this week to messages he hopes will sway voters to vote "yes" on Proposition 2, which sets size standards for cages housing hens, veal calves and breeding pigs. The New Jersey artist is on the board of the Humane Society of the United States, the major backer of the proposition.

The eight-day series depicts chickens, calves and pigs going door to door. In the opening strip, a chicken asks a man for "some sun and a little piece of Earth."

Mutts, seen in 700 newspapers, often carries anti-cruelty messages, and the state's proposition is the latest theme in the series.

Earlier this year, L.A. Unleashed also told you about McDonnell's book that features his comic strips alongside the stories of animals adopted from shelters.

-- Francisco Vara-Orta

Photo: Los Angeles Times archives

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