The first polls close in just a few hours, and soon after the results will start pouring, you’ll get first news of the results on animal issues here, at A Humane Nation.
As with every general election ballot since 1990 – when The HSUS and The Fund for Animals began playing in this space—there are major animal issues decided by voters in the states.
In Massachusetts, voters will decide on Question 3, to make Massachusetts the first state to ban extreme confinement of farm animals and to restrict the sale of animal products in the state that come from these confinement practices.
In Oklahoma, we are fighting a “right to farm” measure, which seeks to prevent any future regulations on agriculture, including humane treatment standards. We have helped to build an incredible coalition of family farmers, faith leaders, local governments, and others fighting State Question 777.
And in Oregon, we are advocating for a state policy to restrict wildlife trafficking and ban the trade in body parts of 12 species of imperiled animals. Measure 100 complements efforts at the national and international level to crack down on the trade in ivory, rhino horn, and other parts of wild animals.
There are several other measures with consequences for animals, but the three I mentioned are the ones we’ve invested in and that have the most substantial implications for animals and our cause.
Please keep plugged in to A Humane Nation, and I’ll share results and commentary, with first reactions just after 8 p.m. today.