January 13, 2009
Statement on Reorganization of Calif. Senate Committee on Food & Agriculture
The Humane Society of the United States President and CEO Wayne Pacelle released the following statement:
"We all have a stake in the integrity of the food supply, and The Humane Society of the United States welcomes the reorganization of the California Senate Committee on Food & Agriculture and commends Senate President pro tem Darrell Steinberg and Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez for incorporating farm animal welfare issues as one pillar of the work of this committee. This reorganization is an important course correction for this committee and demonstrates innovative thinking and responsiveness to all of the citizens of California.
"Nearly one year ago, The Humane Society of the United States' undercover investigation exposed unacceptable cruelties at a Southern California slaughter plant — and demonstrated the urgent need for reform. And last November, voters approved Proposition 2 in a landslide vote, demonstrating that Californians want to see the agriculture community improve its care and handling of animals.
"Groups like The Humane Society of the United States should not have to resort to undercover investigations and ballot initiatives to solve these problems. A forward-looking legislature can bring animal welfare advocates, industry and other interested parties together to help develop policy solutions that allow everyone to win, including California consumers."
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 10.5 million Americans, or one of every 30. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — on the web at humanesociety.org.