Tomorrow, I’ll appear on "Ellen" to talk about Prop 2. Ellen’s a great HSUS supporter and a devoted animal advocate, and I am so grateful that she’s giving me an opportunity to state the case to her audience about the benefits of Prop 2, also known as the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act—which seeks to stop the severe confinement of veal calves, breeding pigs, and egg-laying hens in cages and crates so small that the animals cannot even turn around or stretch their limbs or wings.
Gather with friends for tomorrow’s "Ellen." See when it airs.
There are always voices out there who excuse cruelty, or invoke rationalizations on why the reform on the table should be rejected. As I hear these voices, it reminds me of the arguments of the sealers in Canada, the cockfighters in Louisiana, or the puppy millers in Missouri. They always have their reasons, and they are adept at enlisting people who are in denial about animal cruelty and who support their calls for delay or inaction.
But Prop 2 is a matter of common sense and basic moral intuition. Animals built to move should be allowed to move. Big Agribusiness and its allies will try to obfuscate that point, but I’ll be glad for the opportunity to speak directly to the American public about the issue.
If she’ll allow me, I’ll even dance a little bit.