A new ballot initiative banning the caging of egg-laying hens and setting minimum-space requirements for other animals was approved for the November ballot on Friday.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced that that the initiative had exceeded the required 402,468 valid signatures to qualify.
The Prevention of Cruelty to Farm Animals Act would establish new minimum space requirements for confining veal calves, breeding pigs, and egg-laying hens, require egg-laying hens be raised in a cage-free environment beginning in 2022, and prohibit the sale of meat and egg products from confined animals.
“Californians have shown time and time again that they want commonsense protections for animals, the environment, and food safety,” according to the initiative’s website.
“This measure will prevent farm animals from being crammed into cages so small they can hardly move an inch. The measure will also ensure that food items sold in California are compliant with these modest standards.”