Thank you to Arizona for Supporting Prop 204

To the editor:

On behalf of the Arizona Humane Society and the Humane Society of the United States, we want to offer thanks to the voters of Arizona for supporting Proposition 204 and acknowledging that animals raised for food deserve humane treatment. Proposition 204, approved by 62 percent of voters, phases out the use of veal and gestation crates and gives veal calves and breeding sows enough room to turn around and stretch their limbs.

We were heartened that voters saw through the campaign tactics waged by opponents of Prop 204. For instance, the central claim of the opponents' "hogwash" campaign was that PETA was the primary force behind Prop 204. Even though PETA did not have any involvement in the campaign and provided no financial support, the opponents of Prop 204 went so far as to print road signs and newspapers ads with the slogan "No to PETA, No on 204."

Arizona voters have consistently sided with responsible animal welfare improvements, including ballot initiatives to outlaw in 1994 the use of steel-jawed leghold traps on public lands and cockfighting in 1998. Approving Prop 204 is the latest expression of the voters' humane sensibilities and disfavor with the unfair and inhumane treatment of animals. We reiterate our thanks to the voters of Arizona for their support and compassion.

Cheryl Naumann

President & CEO

Arizona Humane Society

Phoenix, AZ

Wayne Pacelle

President & CEO

Humane Society of the United States

Washington, D.C.

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