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March 5, 2014

Arizona Voters Oppose Bill to Weaken Animal Cruelty Code

Polls show that Arizonans overwhelmingly oppose the proposal being considered by the Arizona legislature to reduce the state’s anti-cruelty protections for farm animals.

HB 2587/SB 1267 would remove animals raised for food from the state’s anti-cruelty statute and put them in a separate, weaker law within Arizona’s agriculture code.

A February 2014 Mason-Dixon poll showed that HB 2587/SB 1267 is not aligned with the values or opinions of the greater portion of Arizonans. A staggering 87 percent of voters surveyed reported that they oppose putting farm animals in a new, weaker anti-cruelty code. In every subgroup, including rural voters and Republican voters, more than 80 percent were in opposition.

The poll also showed that 84 percent of Arizonans wanted their legislators to vote against the legislation.

Arizona voters previously declared their support of farm animal protection in 2006 when they approved a ballot measure outlawing gestation crates and veal crates.

 

Survey Results

QUESTION: This bill would remove farm animals from the existing animal cruelty code and put them in a new code with weaker protections. Do you think the abuse of farm animals should or should not be punished as strongly as the abuse of other animals?

 

STATE

MEN

WOMEN

DEMS

REPS

INDS

SHOULD

87%

82%

91%

88%

85%

88%

SHOULD NOT

9%

13%

6%

10%

10%

8%

UNDECIDED

4%

5%

3%

2%

5%

4%

 

 

STATE

MARICOPA CO

PIMA CO

RURAL AZ

SHOULD

87%

88%

92%

83%

SHOULD NOT

9%

8%

5%

13%

UNDECIDED

4%

4%

3%

4%

 

QUESTION: Would you prefer your state legislator to vote in favor of this bill, or would you prefer that they vote against it?

 

STATE

MEN

WOMEN

DEMS

REPS

INDS

FAVOR

6%

8%

4%

3%

8%

6%

AGAINST

84%

79%

89%

88%

80%

84%

UNDECIDED

10%

13%

7%

9%

12%

10%

 

 

STATE

MARICOPA CO

PIMA CO

RURAL AZ

FAVOR

6%

5%

5%

10%

AGAINST

84%

84%

88%

81%

UNDECIDED

10%

11%

7%

9%

 

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