Gestation Stall Ban on Ballot

Arizona’s Proposition 204 will appear on the general election ballot on Nov. 7. It would amend the Arizona criminal code to make it a class 1 misdemeanor to use sow gestation stalls except in the seven days prior to expected farrowing.

The law would take effect on Jan. 1, 2013. Proposition 204 also includes rulings for the housing of calves raised for veal.

A newspaper survey conducted in March found that 78% of 527 randomly selected respondents likely to vote in the Arizona general election favored Proposition 204. The Social Research Laboratory at Northern Arizona University conducted the survey.

Arizonans have been provided information about pork production by Arizona pork producers who have received training from Operation Main Street, a Pork Checkoff program to train pork producers on how to relate accurate information about modern pork production.

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