If you’re a regular reader of Patrick McDonnell’s comic strip Mutts, you’ve probably noticed a number of characters/animals asking people to vote on something called “Proposition 2.” What exactly is Proposition 2? The Oregonian and the LA Times, among several other papers, offer an explanation:
Patrick McDonnell devotes his strip this week to messages he hopes will sway voters to vote “yes” on Proposition 2, which sets size standards for cages housing hens, veal calves and breeding pigs. The New Jersey artist is on the board of the Humane Society of the United States, the major backer of the proposition.
The eight-day series depicts chickens, calves and pigs going door to door. In the opening strip, a chicken asks a man for “some sun and a little piece of Earth.”
Over at The California Majority Report, McDonnell talks about why he’s stumping:
MM: Why is Prop 2 important to you, and what can your readers do to help?
PM: Because 20 million animals will be directly impacted, suffering less, if this measure passes. It will also send a clear message to the factory farm conglomerates that, once people are made aware, they will not tolerate the way most animals raised for food are treated in this country.
Prop 2 sets a new standard. If you live in California, you can be part of the solution by voting YES! If you do not live in California, you can tell your friends and associates who do live there about the importance of Prop 2. You can also work to get similar ballot initiatives started in your own state. Hopefully it will also make readers think about their own eating choices.