Animal Welfare BILL PASSES | Vegan News | LIVEKINDLY

Animal Welfare BILL PASSES | Vegan News | LIVEKINDLY

Welcome to LIVEKINDLY’s weekly news recap Covering the top news from this past week, up to November 8th, 2018 California voters made Golden State history on Tuesday with the passing of Prop 12, the nation’s most progressive legislation for farm animals to date. Prop 12 will require all egg-laying hens in the state to have at least one square foot of cage-free floor space, access to scratching posts, nests, and perches. Male calves raised for veal would require 43 square feet of usable floor space. And breeding pigs will now require 24 feet of floor space. The act would also require imports from neighboring states to adhere to the same requirements. Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio urged Americans to get out the vote this week. DiCaprio: “This election might be the most consequential of our lifetime.” The stars of the forthcoming Quentin Tarantino release, “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood,” encouraged their fans to visit the polls and support key measures like California’s Prop 12. Announcer: “And Californians will vote on the most far-reaching animal protection law ever, Prop 12, which would crack down on cruelty to animals in factory farms.” DiCaprio: “We the voters have the power to decide all of this.” Pitt: “And it starts now.” Though still not perfect, the Prop 12 win marked a step toward more legislation and an entry point to deeper dialogues about animals in the food supply. [Wu-Tang Clan Music] American rap group Wu-Tang Clan has teamed up with cruelty-free cosmetics company Milk Makeup to launch a warrior-inspired range of vegan lipsticks. The entire collection, called Wu-Tang x Milk Makeup, is inspired by the group’s decades-long fascination with Shaolin Kung Fu. Billboard reports that Wu-Tang leader and longtime vegan RZA bonded with Milk Makeup co-founder Zanna Rossi “over their Big Apple heritage.” The gold-plated lipstick bullets are custom-sculpted with a dragon winding around the barrel, while the long-lasting lip shades are each named after the eight earthly elements of the I Ching Trigrams, an ancient Chinese book of wisdom. The world of makeup had another monumental announcement this week, as CoverGirl cosmetics became the largest beauty brand to earn cruelty-free international’s ‘Leaping Bunny’ certification. The new certification ensures that neither products nor ingredients used by the company have relied on animal testing. An increasing number of people in Nairobi, Kenya, are adopting a plant-based diet. The vegan movement is gaining traction in the region largely due to health, animal welfare, and environmental concerns. For Nairobi, the capital of and largest city in Kenya, reducing meat consumption is a notable feat. Especially in Majengo, a slum in Nairobi where a community of 200 people follows a “one hundred-percent animal cruelty-free lifestyle.” Vegan filmmaker Kevin Smith is encouraging Americans to skip the turkey this Thanksgiving and instead choose compassion. Kevin Smith: “Who knew you could pet a turkey just like when you pet a dog or a cat, man. There’s something really soothing about it.” The “Clerks” creator, along with his daughter, actor, and fellow vegan Harley Quinn Smith, appeared in a new PSA for Farm Sanctuary, the first shelter for rescued farm animals in the nation. The Smiths have signed on as spokespeople for Farm Sanctuary’s 33rd annual Adopt a Turkey Project. Harley: “You can then see how wrong and harmful your actions have been for so long, and especially on Thanksgiving over 40 million turkeys are slaughtered in addition to the other turkeys that are already slaughtered the rest of the year.” Kevin Smith: “Go to to learn more Man, let’s break the chain, love a turkey! You’re so cute!” Vegetarian ‘Big Bang Theory’ star Kaley Cuoco also starred in a recent Farm Sanctuary campaign. Cuoco: “Try something new, take the turkey off your plate and sponsor one instead That’s it for today. Don’t forget to subscribe and hit the red bell. We’ll see you again next week for LIVEKINDLY’s vegan news in a nutshell.

7 thoughts on “Animal Welfare BILL PASSES | Vegan News | LIVEKINDLY

  1. It's a sad day for farm animals and those who care about their mistreatment.
    With the passage of Proposition 12, egg-factory cages are becoming officially legal in California and will remain so for years to come. Far from improving conditions on factory farms, egg-laying hens that were in cages before Prop 12, will remain suffering in cages after Prop 12. Calves that were in crates before Prop 12, will remain suffering in crates after Prop 12.

    Proposition 12 has now rendered the term “cage free” utterly meaningless. Rather than the full wingspan requirement of our previous law (Prop 2) which is being deleted, hens will now get a mere one square foot of space per bird. This codifies in California law the cruel guidelines of United Egg Producers — the egg industry trade group which co-wrote Prop 12 with the corrupted Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

    The proponents of Prop 12 have now squandered a combined $23 million misleading and manipulating California voters on two phony “cage-free” initiatives. The inescapable reality remains this: If not for the malpractice of HSUS and its tagalongs, California hens would be out of cages at this very moment.

  2. These "welfare" laws help people feel better about exploiting animals. A lot of people who stopped eating animals, went back to it after hearing about these kinds of changes. Others who once considered vegetarianism or veganism, decide against it when they see that animal exploitation is being made "nicer". Justice is not "nicer" harm to animals. Justice is abolishing harm to animals. The very LEAST we can do is be vegan. Anything less is injustice we have no right to take part in.
    Can you imagine laws to restrict how hard you can beat a spouse? Laws for "gentler" restraining of kidnapping victims? Laws for how often you can beat a child with a belt or which items you can beat them with? Cage size minimums for dog fighting? Restrictions for serial killing methods?
    We would consider "gentler harm" laws very messed up for humans, dogs, or cats… why do we advocate them for other sentient beings?

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