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The cruel and intensive confinement of veal calves and pregnant pigs on industrialized factory farms may soon be banned if enough support is given to a crucial ballot initiative effort now underway in Arizona! This ballot initiative aims to stop cruel, industrialized corporate factory farms in Arizona which place profit ahead of animal welfare. Gestation crates were banned in Florida as a result of a similar grassroots citizen initiative.

July 6, 2006 update: Arizonans for Humane Farms, a coalition of animal-welfare agencies including Farm Sanctuary, have reached a landmark goal! 123,000 valid signatures were required to qualify this humane initiative for the November 2006 ballot. Our goal was to collect at least 200,000 signatures in the ten-month gathering period, but dedicated volunteers surpassed expectations, and we have turned in over 218,000 signatures! These signatures were submitted to the Arizona Secretary of State on July 6, 2006. This groundbreaking ballot initiative is now on its way in Arizona, as Proposition 204, to outlaw the cruel and intensive confinement of pregnant pigs in "gestation crates" and male calves in veal crates on industrialized factory farms. Click Here to read the July press release by Arizonans for Humane Farms.

The pork industry and their agribusiness allies have raised vast amounts of money and are funding an extensive advertising campaign throughout Arizona. They do not want to allow calves raised for veal and pregnant pigs to be able to turn around and stretch their limbs! Instead of focusing on the actual issues addressed by Proposition 204, the factory farming industry is attempting to divert the message with dismissive smear tactics.

Arizona media have written about this initiative and we hope to give this effort much more attention:

East Valley Tribune - August 12, 2006
Foes send first volley in farm animal ad war

The Catholic Sun - June 15, 2006
Arizona Catholic fights for humane farming initiative

Mother Jones - March 17, 2006
Arizona citizens mobilize to defeat factory farm control

The Arizona Republic - February 19, 2006
A Sunless Hell by Matthew Scully

Arizona Capital Times - February 2006
Proposed initiative assures humane treatment for veal calves, pregnant pigs

Arizona Capital Times
Farm initiative is not a secret plot called ‘Invasion of the Vegetarians’

Tuscon Weekly - December 29, 2005
Space Restrictions - Animal-rights advocates, ranchers square off in a battle over animal-confinement practices

The Arizona Republic - September 19, 2005
Initiative opposes confined livestock - Activists call practice 'cruel'

Arizona State University - September 9, 2005
Animal cruelty appalling by Laura Graham

Capitol Media Services - September 8, 2005
Petition drive would enlarge small pens of farm animals

This important measure will phase out the use of "gestation crates" for breeding pigs and prevent the use of veal crates for veal calves. Enough voter signatures have been secured to officially submit the initiative onto this year's ballot. However, the next step will be to raise awareness among Arizona voters about these cruel confinement systems used in modern factory farms which do not allow animals enough room to simply turn around, lie down and extend their limbs! Television ads and other communications efforts, encouraging voters to Vote Yes on Prop 204, will air as the vote nears. For more information and to get involved in this campaign, visit the website: Arizonans for Humane Farms, call: (480) 449-7644 or email:

These pictures show the tragedy and suffering that animals experience on factory farms everyday. Arizonans for Humane Farms is committed to passing a measure on the ballot that would simply allow animals such as these enough room to turn around and extend their limbs.


The factory farming industry is rallying its troops and organizing an aggressive campaign to defeat this humane initiative. We must do all we can to ensure its passage!

Defeated/Oppose Arizona Limit on Agriculture Regulations (SCR 1035)
A resolution proposing an amendment to the state constitution that no law or rule may limit or restrict agriculture. This bill would have stopped any farm animal protection measures from ever becoming law by nullifying any rules or laws pertaining to agriculture enacted after January 1, 2006.


For more information and to spread the word about this initiative, please contact the Campaign Coordinators (Kari, Reasa & April) at Arizonans For Humane Farms: (480) 449-7644 or
Visit the website: Arizonans for Humane Farms.


Farm Sanctuary is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to ending farm animal abuse through direct rescue and protection campaigns. For more information about Farm Sanctuary or our programs, please visit or call 607-583-2225. To become a Farm Sanctuary member or to make a donation today using our secure online form, please click here. For updates on previous action alerts, please click here.

Please forward and distribute widely! Thank you
Farm Sanctuary, P.O. Box 150 Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

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