The Ojai City Council voted unanimously at its October 23, 2018 Regular Meeting, to support Proposition 12 on the November 2018 statewide ballot.

Proposition 12 would establish new standards for confinement of specified farm animals and ban the sale of non-complying products.

The Council urges voters to vote “Yes” on Proposition 12.

The proposition follows upon the 2008 ballot measure, Proposition 2, which required that egg-laying hens, breeding pigs and veal calves have enough space to stand up, lie down, turn around and extend their wings. Proposition 2 supporters and opponents alike agreed at the time that the result of the law’s enactment would be cage-free conditions for farm animals. The measure was reported by the media as a cage-free initiative as well.

However, in 2017, advocates of Proposition 2 said the proposition’s directives were only improving conditions for a limited number of agricultural animals. They therefore introduced Proposition 12, which would implement humane conditions more broadly for agricultural animals and further decrease the likelihood of food-borne illnesses such as salmonella.

A resolution passed by the City Council states that support of Proposition 12 reflects the City of Ojai’s value to protect and value quality of life.

The City Council report, including the resolution as well as information about Proposition 12, can be found here.