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Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act

May 3, 2011

Dear Washington Farmer,

As farmers who have been farming in Washington for years, many of you know that the methods used to raise most farm animals have changed a great deal – in some ways for the better, and in many ways for the worse. Today, we’re writing to you on behalf of Washingtonians for Humane Farms, a diverse coalition of Washington citizens, about an important initiative that we expect will appear on the state ballot this fall. It’s the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, and we’re asking that you join us in endorsing the “Yes” vote on this initiative, which we consider a necessary and modest measure for reform.

The measure would phase out one of the worst practices of industrial animal production -- the intensive confinement of egg-laying hens in cages so restrictive that the animals can barely move.

We encourage you to read for yourself the language of the initiative, which you can find at www.YesOn1130.com. You’ll see that it merely requires that laying hens be kept in conditions that allow them to stand up, lie down, turn around, and fully extend their limbs. It really is that basic. It’s also important to note that the act makes a number of practical exemptions, such as for veterinary care, and more.

The Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act has already garnered many notable endorsements. For example, the measure is endorsed by Tilth Producers of Washington, Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network, Farm Forward, the Organic Consumers Association, The Center for Food Safety and the National Black Farmers Association.

Here are a few specific reasons we support this measure:

We appreciate your consideration. We’re enclosing an endorsement form which we hope you’ll complete and either fax, mail, or scan/email to Yes on 1130. The contact information is on the form.


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The Humane Society

P.S. If you have any questions about the initiative, please do not hesitate to call the campaign office at 206-547-1535.

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