Historic wins for farm animals in California, greyhounds in Florida

By on November 7, 2018 with 175 Comments

The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund take on the big fights: the ones that have the greatest long-term impact for the most animals. On Election Day, we prevailed once again with two decisive and historic victories, one for farm animals in California and another for greyhounds in Florida.

In a vote that promises to benefit tens of millions of farm animals, California voters spoke loud and clear by approving Proposition 12. The measure, approved by a supermajority of 60 percent, creates a bright-line legal standard that prohibits the confinement of egg-laying hens, pigs used for breeding, and calves raised for veal in cages or crates so small that they are essentially immobilized for their whole lives. It also requires that eggs, pork and veal sold in California meet this same standard. We are grateful to our coalition partners who helped make this victory possible.

In Florida, voters passed – by a nearly 69 percent vote – a measure to ban greyhound racing. We needed just 60 percent of the voters with us to win, and we took nothing for granted. Working with our allies at GREY2K USA Worldwide, the Doris Day Animal League and others, we gave it our all, and since Florida has 11 of the remaining 17 racetracks in the country, the vote to end racing here is a major step toward sounding the death knell for this cruel “sport.”

Since Florida began tracking greyhound deaths in 2013, 493 dogs have died on its tracks. The demise of this industry, built on the suffering of animals, couldn’t have come a moment sooner. Photo by iStockphoto

There are now approximately 8,000 greyhounds being used in the Florida racing industry, and since the state began tracking greyhound deaths in 2013, 493 dogs have died on its tracks. Ninety-four percent were three years old or younger. In a single county, Seminole, since May 2017, 87 greyhound injuries have been reported, including 64 greyhounds who suffered broken bones and five dogs who died. The demise of this industry, built on the suffering of animals, couldn’t have come a moment sooner.

Both of these measures faced tremendous opposition at every step from groups with tremendous clout. Trade associations like the American Veal Association, National Pork Producers Council, California Pork Producers Association, National Association of Egg Farmers, Association of California Egg Farmers and the California Farm Bureau lined up against the California measure. In Florida, Amendment 13 had some unusual opponents, including the American Kennel Club, the NRA and the Farm Bureau. But the deep pockets of these special interest groups were no match for the energy of our staff members and volunteers who worked for months to mobilize millions of voters in favor of Amendment 13 and Proposition 12.

We are excited by these victories today. With the most populous U.S. state voting for better treatment of farm animals, and with the largest remaining stronghold of greyhound racing rejecting it, we’re on the verge of powerful change for the better. Let’s celebrate these tremendous wins, and applaud Florida and California for showing the rest of America – and the world – a better way forward.

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  1. Adrienne Bishop says:

    This is spectacular new! Congratulations and thank you to everyone for all the hard work that went into these accomplishments! Great work!

    • MARIUM MILCHAK-WILKIE says:

      All of you involved to get these laws passed are the deepest hearted kindest people ever! God Bless you All! Your amazing God’s people!💕💕💕

    • Anne Castle says:

      Yes, finally, one good deed for animals. Let’s hope all states follow suit.
      Another issue is the end of horse slaughter once and for all. Our horses, wild or domesticated need our constant support. We can no longer turn a blind eye on them. BLM, is as corrupt as it gets, from what has been recently written, when dealing with our wild horses.

      • Kate says:

        Amen!!! Praying that’s next! ASAP

      • d stozek says:

        Absolutely!!! Horses have also fallen to the weigh side. Now that the ball is rolling with humane treatment of anilmals I’m hoping that horses can move to the fore front. We still have alot of work to do. Thank you to all who have worked so hard to get these laws and propositions passed. You are a GOD send.

        • Cat Landess says:

          Amen to that!

        • Tonny says:

          This is great news. Does the new law state how the remaining 8,000 greyhounds in Florida will be taken care of??

          • Blog Editor says:

            Hi, thanks for your question. Racing greyhounds are legally owned by the industry and are sent to the industry sanctioned greyhound adoption groups all over the country. Traditionally, the industry will only send their dogs to adoption groups that openly defend them or remain silent about animal welfare problems associated with racing. The Humane Society of the United States has continually reached out to industry to offer assistance. With the passage of Amendment 13 in Florida, we are fully committed to partnering with the industry to find homes for these gentle dogs. We are hopeful the industry will be open to working with us in a joint effort to do the right thing for these dogs.

        • Antoinette McFadden says:

          God bless that these laws were changed for the better God bless our animals they should be treated humanely, with compassion, love and respect… God bless everyone who’s trying to help our wonderful animals and somebody mention the next thing on the agenda is our horses we’ve got to stop having our horses transported out of the United States to be slaughtered we have to help them they are precious and beautiful animals !!
          God Bless Them!!

      • Judy Milliken says:

        I totally agree that the Blm is corrupt. We must save these majestic animals. All animals deserve respect

      • Jenny Harmon says:

        A M E N
        Good prevails over horribly bad.

      • Sadie says:

        I totally agree, especially being a horse owner myself.

      • JoAnne Bohannon-Ather says:

        So true! The abuse of horses and other animals in this country would not be happening if not for the “deep pockets”. We need many more issues brought to the forefront for the voters to decide the verdict. The sooner the better.

      • Pamela A Renz says:

        What about the race horses, who don’t run fast enough. I read that 100’s of thousands of them are sent to Mexico to be slaughtered!

      • Claudia Chapek says:

        Agree! BLM and wildlife services are corrupt and have inhumane practices

    • Maggie says:

      Awesome news!!! We Have to flight for animals. They can not flight for themselve

    • Carol ferrante says:

      This is wonderful news!!!!!!

    • Tammie thier says:

      This is the best news i have heard in a long time !!!

    • Jodi Chill says:

      I second your gratitude and wish to extend my deepest appreciation for those ppl who make life better for animals.

    • Tava Merritt says:

      I wholeheartedly agree. Great work guys!!!

    • Frances raia says:

      God bless all of you good hearted people who work so hard to make this happen, I’ve said so many prayers for all the suffering animals , together we the people make it happen

    • Kelly says:

      I’m so glad people are working together to give animals respectable situations.

    • Kim says:

      So glad moreneed’s to be done to protect all 4 legs animals I have 4 all fixed they r my babies I was at the right place and time to get him almost 10 years ago they took him away from his mother the night he was born when I got him he had not ate for day r 2 they tried to feed him hard food and soft food no bottle he was am mess no one gave him much chance for living I did he so loving and caring that law’s need to be tuff on people who abuse any animal no matter what we do not stand up and fight for them the abusers when so happy that they passed maybe other state will follow and understand that people are tried of seeing the being abused

    • Djc says:

      This makes me soooo happy. Thank you for everine who voted for this. No reason to inflict pain on innocent beings!!

  2. Rob Kenworthy says:

    I just hope someone oversees the phase out if the racing dogs. I know the greyhound groups are gearing up.

  3. Susan says:

    I could cry! Hopefully this will be monitored. I still don’t trust this industry

  4. ADEN says:

    Are you going to adopt all the greyhounds the track owners will now put down?
    I agree the racing should stop but the track owners have threatened to stop immediately and put all the dogs down.

    • Bernel says:

      I agree Aden. Now who is going to police these kennels? I suspect we will find piles of dead greyhounds with their tattooed ears cut off. I don’t like the racing Industry either, but now thousands of dogs have no job.

      • Cat Landess says:

        Florida having 11 of the 17 remaining dog tracks, and a LOT of rescue groups scoop up greyhounds quickly due to people being aware of this struggle. It IS a HUGE concern. I’d like to know about this as a shelter volunteer myself! Thanks for sharing it & PRAYING FOR A GREAT ANSWER!

    • LeAnnette Donahey Goodwin says:

      Florida already has anti-cruelty laws in place, which such an act would definitely fall under. I would think that threat to rather empty considering the owner’s financial situation now, and the overall disapproval of their industry.

      • Diane says:

        Agreed, but who is going to monitor all these cruel humans?? Who will be there to stop the dogs from being out down?!

    • angela kogler says:

      I agree yeah it’s great that we got it past but nobody did anything about determining the future of these greyhounds now that it has been stopped and what I see is horrendous amount of death Unfortunately for those beautiful animals

    • Nancy says:

      They have to allow adoption.

    • Raven rose says:

      I agree with you they may of just signed the death warrant for thousands of dogs. But, beware that they could just move the racing to another state that needs revenue and has more leanant laws. It will be interesting to follow

    • Jennifer says:

      this is my biggest fear too, Aden. There needed to be something put in this ban, that would fine any owner that mass euthanized their dogs. We could have 8,000 dead greyhounds because of this. I have not read the entire ban, I am going something was included in the phase out to keep them safe! But i do not have a good feeling about this.
      There will be big shipments of Greyhounds to other countries who still race them.

    • Tara Schuneman says:

      Really?? That’s like asking all PRO-LIFERS how many children they have adopted!! This is GREAT news. Do you think that the fight is over?? Try and put your negative energy into helping the retired greyhounds find forever homes!!

    • M. Laurence A. R. says:

      That’s very rude to do so and really sad..

    • Margaret Christian says:

      It is an often heard threat and some hard hearted S O Bs may do this. We had a dog racing track in our town and while it was running as well as when it shut down people adopted the dogs. If the owners care about their animals they will not want them to be euthanized. Any that do should be criminally prosecuted if at all possible.

    • Mbmjd says:

      That is more evidence they are not the loving owners of true athletes they pretended to be during the campaign, and are really the cruel, greedy a-holes the supporters of the ban knew they were. I only hope those are empty words bc there is no benefit to them to do that as opposed to allowing adoption or even sale as purebreds. Except spite and vindiction.

    • Tommy D says:

      Yeah, I don’t think so. There are laws currently in place to prevent that. These dogs will have no problem being adopted out.

    • Judith says:

      I wonder if they will just be shipped out of FL to run in other states.

  5. Angelika Knoll says:

    I am so happy for the animals. There is still so much more to do, but a huge hurrah for the immense efforts you’re making. Thank you!

  6. Maggie Albanito says:

    My wish came true , they will ban greyhound racing! Thank the Lord!

  7. Roberta says:

    I am thrilled told everyone I knew in florida to set the greyhounds free now we need to start finding great homes for these great animals

  8. Martha Waltien says:

    When is the HSUS going to do the right thing and stop advocating “reform and regulation ” of the blood sport, horseracing? No horse should be made to race under ANY circumstances. https://horseracingwrongs.com/2018/08/29/the-hsus-supports-horseracing-the-hsus-supports-animal-cruelty/

    • Lisa says:

      I agree with you 100%, but I think there is so much “big money” involved in horseracing, that it would take an act of God to stop it! None of those beautiful animals deserve to be used and exploited for monatory gain!

    • Barb Hansen says:

      The animals are too young-their knees growth plates have not grown together yet as 2 yr olds (The Triple Crown) that’s why they break down so soon! Now as a 5 yr old that might work as they are fully adults! As a horse owner of World Champion horses, that is why I don’t enter them in the money races because in the QH industry, the 2 yr old horses are in classes that put a strain on their legs, ligaments and tendons when they are so young—just think they are started in their first year of life not counting their birth year—that’s like making your infant run as fast as you on the end of his first birthday year! Pathetic, unhorseman like!!!!

  9. Diane says:

    This is wonderful news! Greyhound racing needs to end.

  10. Dawn Santa Maria-Sanford says:

    I’m thrilled to know that these poor animals will no longer be used and abused for commercial purposes. We need to rekindle a kinder and gentler world, and these outcomes are quite a statement from the FL and CA voters.

  11. Dean Tomihama says:

    Congratulations
    Great news !

  12. Monica Jones says:

    Praise the Lord that he’s protected a number of animal groups from a terrible life in a pen so small, they can’t turn around, as well as getting these young greyhounds off the track to keep them alive beyond the age of 3 and to release the non-racing dogs that are only used for “spare parts”, mainly blood.
    Now we need volunteers to start taking these dogs in. They don’t know affection, playfulness, or good health. Many have been living in pain.

  13. Beth Green says:

    Congratulations and thank you for all you do !!!!!

  14. danielle moxley says:

    This is AMAZING, IF WE CAN’T CHANGE SOME THINGS AT LEAST WE WON THIS!!!!!!!!

  15. Carolyn Denton says:

    Thank you and congratulations. Your hard work and persistence paid off.

  16. Marie Kimbrough says:

    This is great news. My concern is what is going to happen to the 8,000 greyhounds?

  17. JEANINE M FOLZ says:

    Kitty – Congratulations on 2 very hard fought victories! Many, many thanks to you and your team for your tireless efforts on behalf of all animals. People like you really make this world a better place. Now that you have been successful with Amendment 13, I am wondering if the HSUS has a plan to re-home/ rehabilitate the thousands of dogs who will surely be tossed aside by their owners once dog racing is indeed phased out in Florida?

  18. Monica Denning says:

    What a beautiful thing!

  19. Cat says:

    Now if we could get rid of puppy mills!!

  20. Cat says:

    Thank you! Such great news for Farm animals and greyhounds. Hope we can assimilate these 8000 beautiful dogs into homes as rescues.

  21. Lynn fusco says:

    We should focus all our energy to shutdownpuppy mills in the country 4 million get euthanized and some states brutal gas chambers please work on that fight 🐕💔

  22. Brenda says:

    Great news, for the animals, good work.

  23. Beatrice Coyne Brent says:

    Thank you to all those involved in fighting for animal rights. Exploitation of any human and non-human is dispicable. I am so grateful to see there are like-minded persons out there that CARE and more importantly went to the polls to vote against this cruelty. Our voices were heard. Now we all need to be viligant to see the new regulations are put into practice.

  24. Judi Bechtel says:

    Greetings
    I agree with Susan. Unless these changes are monitored nothing will change. Money talks. Their lobbiests are like evil. It’s always present.

  25. Rosemary Phillips says:

    CONGRATULATIONS on all the hard work that was done to save animals from abuse and neglect. The world is finally becoming aware of the cruelty these innocent creatures are enduring.

  26. Debra Titus says:

    The article states that there are approximately 8,000 Greyhounds in the racing industry in Florida. I agree that it’s a cruel industry and needed to end a long time ago. What will happen to the 8,000 dogs? Will the owners kill them? I hope that the people that campaigned so hard for the Proposition thought far enough ahead and asked, what about the dogs? What will happen to them?

    • M. Crick says:

      They didn’t. Hardly any thought was given as to what will happen to the greys. They will hopefully be turned over to greyhound rescue groups, which will be overwhelmed by the sheer volume (8000 greyhounds over 24 months is 333 per month). No funding has been allocated for these mostly all volunteer organizations. The major funders of this amendment do little to nothing to ensure these elegant creatures are taken care of and/or found homes for. As the mother to 2 retired racing greyhounds, I am racing neutral. But a lot more thought should have been given to this amendment than just “shut ’em down!”

  27. Sandy Matza says:

    Thank-God for all these poor innocent animals. Maybe we’re on our way to being Winners in All the states. These animals will be the Winners in our Hearts. ❤️🐶🤗🙏

  28. Angela Clement says:

    Thanks for all the hard work from everyone involved at every level. This shows that while greedy corporations and their political allies have the money they don’t have the power!!! The power to make change really is in our hands we just have to stand together. When can we take steps to adopt this same type of legislation in the other 49 states?

    • Susie says:

      Angela,I’m so thrilled about CA’s Prop.12 for gestational crates for sows being passed. These gentle creatures are treated in barbaric ways that you can’t imagine! N.D. needs a similar law
      Passed to keep out these greedy S_ _ s from MN.No-one wants these animals to suffer in the name of greedy corporations!😎🤔🐕🥀

  29. Maria McFarland says:

    I would be willing to adopt one of these greyhounds – thank you for all you do!!!

    • M. Crick says:

      Contact your nearest greyhound rescue group to adopt one of these wonderful dogs. Greyhound Pets of America has chapters all over the country, as well as other wonderful greyhound rescue groups.

  30. A Mendola says:

    These victories are great news! We have so much more to do to protect animals.

  31. Joan Hobbs says:

    If a Florida greyhound racing association has threatened to put non-working greyhounds down, then this says everything about their attitude about dogs (and probably all animals): if they’re not making money, then they have no value.

    Organize now to help adopt out the greyhounds in the event this might be preventable.

    If puppy mills threatened to kill all of its dogs should puppy mills become illegal (a no-brainer), should they be allowed to stay in business to prevent them from killing their dogs?

    The ones who do not want the animals killed for spite or lack of profit, should prevail, just as King Solomon awarded the baby to the mother who was willing to give up her half of the baby.

    • Joseph Salazar says:

      Yes what about the 8,000 greyhounds what is going to happen to them! Thy need to be saved from these people!! Because thy are just going to kill them now!! Thy could even start a under ground racing place that has no protection for the dogs. These dogs need to BE cared for NOW!!!!!!

  32. Penny Ostergaard says:

    Congratulations on the Factory Farm Animal win. Unfortunately it still is not enough. They still are in small cages. They never get to be in the fresh air or feel the sun on their faces. They are treated like machines that can’t feel pain, subjected to antibiotics because of the deplorable intense living conditions and brutally discarded if they can’t hold their own. Their is nothing redeemable about factory farming. The perpetrators of this inhumane treatment of our farm animals need not bother going to church anymore or pray that they will go to heaven on judgement day. They will not be sitting at the right hand of God on Judgement day, but all mistreated animals will be.

    • Dan Lundeen says:

      So correct – if they are still killed it is still cruel and inhumane. These laws will only promote the proliferation of factory farms. Congratulations on killing more animals!

  33. Claudia soscia says:

    YaHoo!!!

  34. Brillidt Ospina says:

    God is good and He doesn’t like ugly! Thank you and a round of applause to all the people who made it possible. God bless them all including the mes benefited by these historic wins!!! 🐶🐷🐔🐄

  35. Rondalin Bailey says:

    So happy! Thank you for all your tireless effort, hard work and dilgence. You are all amazing! Love you for what you have accomplished!

  36. Amparo López says:

    I am happy to know about this success that improve all of us to fight for animals in spite of all difficulties because if we TALK IN LOUD VOICE FOR THEM WE ARE GOING TO WIN BECAUSE LOVE AND COMPASSION ARE WITH US SO GOD TOO.
    Congratulations to you always fighting without rest for them . Today I can breath in a best way thanks for me too . Thanks for the great news I would put it in Facebook I’ll try

  37. Betsy Mattuchio says:

    Thank you for everything you do.Speaking up for the animals that don’t have a voice.Thank you a million times over.

  38. Roselynn Musumeci says:

    Great news ,congrats so happy for this historic win for passing this I always hoped that some day would banne dog racing it’s about time 👏🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌😁😁

  39. Lauro Arroyo says:

    Great news.look at what happens when we work together.

  40. Debby Delpopolo says:

    Hard to believe anyone would oppose these laws. The American Kennel Club? Shame on those groups. Thank you Humane Society!

  41. Sofiadaly says:

    Yay this is amazing animals are really the best!!!!!!!
    What a success ❤️❤️❤️💗
    Very soon I’m going to donate 1,000 dollars to the animals🐩🐕❤️❤️
    I love Hsus

  42. Sabrina Luis says:

    You should be ashamed of yourself. How do you expect a chicken to live a good life in a one square foot cage?

  43. Lisa moerler says:

    This is so amazing! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  44. Lee Heller says:

    Hey Kitty, can you comment on the efforts that are being made to help place the greyhounds that will need rehoming when this does take effect? There are people out there who are expressing concerns. I understand that most of these dogs would have rotated out of racing in two years anyway, which is when the ban takes effect. But it would help if HSUS offered a statement on how it is assisting with the effort to help these dogs in the wake of the ban. Thanks!

    • Blog Editor says:

      Hi, I am the blog editor. Thanks for your question. Racing greyhounds are legally owned by the industry and are sent to the industry sanctioned greyhound adoption groups all over the country. Traditionally, the
      industry will only send their dogs to adoption groups that openly defend them or remain silent about animal welfare problems associated with racing. The Humane Society of the United States has continually reached out to industry
      to offer assistance. With the passage of Amendment 13 in Florida, we are fully committed to partnering with the industry to find homes for these gentle dogs. We are hopeful the industry will be open to working with us in a joint effort to do the right thing for these dogs.

  45. Deborah says:

    I think you are all crazy! I have my babies in pens when they are young so the other animals don’t step on them. As well as to protect them from coyotes and wild dogs. You have no idea about the small farmer or farm life. You need to worry about people who don’t bathe or care for their selves.

  46. Susan Haynes says:

    Hallelujah for this victory! It boosts the incentive to keep fighting for MORE animal rights.

  47. Diane Ellis says:

    Congratulations, HSUS!!! I owned a retired racing greyhound. They are the sweetest, mildest most wonderful dogs. I am so happy that barbaric “sport” has been banned in Florida that I am actually crying. Wonderful news!!!

  48. Lynn says:

    My faith in people has been restored. Thank you to all the good people who voted for animals. Such beautiful hearts you have. Thank you Humane Society for all your hard work. We are truly blessed

  49. Carol benitez says:

    I was so happy, happy to see this on the ballot! The first thing I voted for and to be honest the only two I cared about. I am ever so grateful for our animals. Thank God someone cares to put this to a vote! Thank you so very much and the animals thank you!

  50. Tara Schuneman says:

    FINALLY, SOME GREAT NEWS!!! Thanks to all who put in their time and energy into fighting for animals! And a HUGE Thank you to all of the voters in California and Florida who helped make these changes!! Would LOVE to see these types of changes in ALL STATES!!!
    Again….THANK-YOU for being their voice!

  51. Rhonda Coast says:

    Congratulations! These victories are awesome! Such a win for so many animals! Thank you for your tireless efforts on their behalf!

  52. Tricia Stout says:

    Amazing news and a good start. For a real impact on the welfare of animals please consider a plant based diet. It’s good for your health, the environment and the wonderful animals we all love so much.

  53. Terri says:

    Will the greyhound industry now try to find homes for these loving dogs & not just destroy them ??? They should make every effort to adopt these loving sweet animals out to forever homes!

  54. Marie says:

    I am so very happy and grateful to all of you who worked so hard to make this happen. Congratulations!!!

  55. Ruth says:

    All the money donated to politicians these past months should have gone to animals instead—I’d be happier, the animals would be happier and it would have done a lot more good all around!

  56. JoAnn Garner says:

    This is a crucial win for the rights of animals. Congratulations.

  57. Cathy Marshall says:

    this is the best news I have heard all day!

  58. John Rule says:

    Fantastic!

  59. Carol says:

    I am SOOO HAPPY WE WON . THANK YOU JESUS …

  60. Brenda Mulkey says:

    Please consider these dogs if you are thinking of adopting. They are gentle couch potato’s, had 2 rescues and they made good pets.

  61. Christi Lynn Foley says:

    now we need safe food act.passed..to stop american horses been shipped to mexico and countries that eat horse meat because its not healthy and horses are abused and inhumane death

  62. salli says:

    Great news, but trying to find these dogs homes is going to a great task.the owners and trainers of these dogs take care of all their animals mind you there are a few who only think of them as money makers but in my thoughts and prayers I hope they do the right thing by finding a solution and rehome them and not execute them.

  63. Sue says:

    This is such a miracle. We are supposed to take care of all God’s creatires.

  64. Whitney says:

    Thank you all for putting your lives out there for animals who suffer by this cruel world. I am so grateful and so happy to know that there are people who love and desire what I desire and are able to go above and beyond to fight for animals. I may not be able to do what you guys do, but I do pray everyday for favor over the goodness of those who speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves, and that includes animals. Keep changing the world for the better, God is on your side! Love u all

  65. K.N. says:

    This is amazing! Thank you for your hard work! Shame on the opposition groups. I run a small business – definitely not on the large scale they’re on – but I understand losing money.

    I also understand right from wrong, which is why I spend a little more on eco-friendly bags, purchase the pricier supplies from places that pay their workers a living wage, etc. You can run a business and still care for others. These people seem to have lost their empathy.

    Keep fighting the good fight!

  66. Susan Meyerowitz says:

    Having been involved with Dog Rescue for many years, I would be delighted to adopt a Greyhound…age is not an issue! I have 3 dogs that get along with no issues & are spayed/ neutered & current with vaccinations & spoiled rotten!!! My bed is bit crowded !!! Susan Myerowitz. CELL PHONE 704-754 7451

  67. Jan Hopkins says:

    I am so happy for all the animals in California, thank you for standing up for all animals. Thank you Florida for standing up for the greyhounds, they deserve better, where will they go, is there a rescue? They need love and running just for fun.
    Thank you, thank you one and all.
    Animals have rights aldo.

  68. Cleo Villamarin says:

    Spectaculars news! In unity there’s hope. Thank you for all your persistence, humanity and heart.

  69. Kelly Hughart says:

    It’s a great day for animals and animal lovers! I just hope and pray that we can end other forms of animal cruelty in the near future, such as the use of animals in labortories for the purpose of product testing, medical research, and education. And hopefully, we will soon be able to end all forms of animal cruelty, as well. It’s up to us to be a voice for the animals. We can do this!

  70. tony perry says:

    Thats good news. Keep up the hard work.

  71. Karen says:

    Thank you for protecting these animals.

  72. Ursula Beckmann says:

    Wonderful news, thanks for your hard work.

  73. Christina S. Spangler says:

    Incredible news! I’m so thankful to everyone who put forth the effort to get this done. God Bless you all <3

  74. Barbara Dodson says:

    What does Proposition 12 plan to do with the 8,000 Greyhounds after the tracks are closed? My guess is the owners are not going to want to feed and house 8,000 animals for the rest of their lives; will HSUS pick up the tab for these magnificent animals? BTW, I’ve fed and housed retired racing Greyhounds since 1992.

  75. Rebecca says:

    Yes, YES, YESSSSS! Than you to all who worked tirelessly to get these Amendments passed! A special thanks to ALL who voted to end these atrocities!

  76. K.Stahler says:

    Great news! I hope these laws go in affect immediately not 5 or 10 years from now! EVERY STATE SHOULD BE DOING THIS! HORSE SLAUGHTER SHOULD BE #1 ON THE LIST NOW! GET RID OF THE BLM,THAT’S LIKE HAVING A FOX GUARD A CHICKEN HOUSE! ALSO, THE USDA , ANOTHER BUNCH OF BUMS AND LOWLIFES, THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT ANIMALS, WASTE OF TAXPAYER’S MONEY AGAIN!! NO MORE FACTORY FARMS AND IT SHOULD BE A FELONY AND JAIL FOR THOSE PIECE OF CRAP ABUSERS WHO WORK AND ABUSE THESE ANIMALS ON THESE SO CALLED FARMS!! THANK YOU CALIFORNIA AND THOSE GREAT PEOPLE FOR FIGHTING FOR THESE POOR ANIMALS!

  77. christi says:

    glad that animal world got win…now we need to get safe food act to pass!! We have to stop American horses from dying in most inhuman way because of overbreeding and people that want make blood money from horses death…BLM is a joke to our mustanges that are dying by thosands everyday..AQHA is another sad industry in overbreeding and dumping horses in killpens..i say a prayer everyday that horse slaughter will end..

  78. Scott Lane says:

    Congratulations. Animal Lives Matter !! Voters finally got on the Bandwagon to Tell these Greedy corporations that Animal Lives Matter. Now, Pass laws to humanely euthanize these poor animals instead of slaughtering them.

  79. Dayle Peters says:

    This is one step closer to leaving animals off of our plates. The industries brainwashing of all of us through the years, which for most of us is a generational brainwashing via advertisements by this very strong industry with billboards and TV ads, is finally being reversed. I have been vegetarian for 5 years, vegan for 1.5. I find that each and every day, I obtain a greater understanding of why animal products should be off of our plates. The veil between truth and lies is lifted.
    We need to work for justice for the other inhabitants of this earth. Not to be repetative with other activists for animals, but I know one day that the idea of eating animal products will one day be as repulsive as slavery is. So happy we are moving in the right direction.

  80. Olivia Clancy says:

    Can you please post which charities are taking in greyhounds so that we can donate directly to them? Thank you!

  81. Sandy Jones says:

    Praise the Lord!! This is awesome news. I pray everyday that God will protect our animals from abuse and neglect. Thank you HSUS and others for fighting for the welfare and humane treatment of the voiceless!!!

  82. Stephanie says:

    While I’m glad that Prop 12 passed, it won’t do as much for chickens as the general population might think. As owner/operator of a small organic farm with chickens that are actually cage free and allowed to roam a large area (cooped at night with no more than 12 chickens to a 16’x8′ enclosure to protect them from predators) it saddens me that prop 12 will still allow factory farmers to cram thousands of hens into enclosed sheds where they need have no more than one square foot per bird. This may actually be worse as, instead of only having to deal with two other hens in a cage, they must now defend themselves continually against untold numbers of other hens. Hens kept this way often suffer serious injury including broken bones, not to mention what it must do to their mental health. They live in squalid conditions, standing in feces, living in stinking, stagnant air.
    If you really want to help chickens, buy your chicken and eggs from local small farms where you can actually find out what they’re fed and see the conditions in which they live.
    And while farrowing crates should have been outlawed long ago, the scenario for pigs will be similar.
    While we’ve accomplished a step forward for farm animal welfare in California, much still needs to be done.

  83. Fedor Vr says:

    I voted yes on 13 and we won, anyone acting in animal cruelty should be punish with dead sentences, thank you.

  84. Jill says:

    So happy for the wind
    Animals deserve freedom to roam and greyhound have no business racing. Now we need a win to ban horse racing. Horses need to be free too. AMEN to our WINS though.

  85. Pam Bulla says:

    Thank you to those actively spreading the news about the passages of Proposition 12 and Amendment 13, that will put laws in place to protect these precious animals. I’m ready to go into action to help in the transition of the racing tracks into humane treatment of greyhounds. Thank you so much Kitty Block for all you have done to keep us informed of how we as citizens can vote as a means of animal protection. And thank you to everyone that lives with their heart and pocketbook to save, rescue and foster precious animals across this nation.

  86. Roxana Morrow says:

    I can’t be happier!! The torture, cruelty, and abuse animals endure is deplorable. They do not seek to and should not be treated as objects for profit or gain.

    I am vegan as I cannot endure the slaughter of animals. Adam and Eve were the first vegetarians/vegans before sinning. Something to think about.

  87. Ami says:

    It’s always wonderful news to receive such positive updates from the HSUS. I give what I can to all of these organizations that fight so selflessly each and every day. If there ever comes a day I hit the lottery the first places I would help would be these wonderful organizations that fight everyday for these precious animals ❤️❤️❤️

  88. Lucia Portanova says:

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of these HEROES who fought tirelessly to make this huge win a reality!!! I can’t express the gratitude I feel in words…this is a sign that WE as a race have evolved…we’re on the right path and it gives me back the HOPE that had lost!!!
    God bless these warrior “angels”!!! 😍

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