Initiative seeks roomier pens for pigs, calves

ARIZONA - Backers of a measure to restrict how calves and pigs can be penned in Arizona have raised more than $430,000 so far to put the initiative on the November ballot and persuade voters to support it.
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Newly released financial disclosure statements show the biggest contributor is Farm Sanctuary. That organization, which bills itself as "the nation's leading farm animal protection organization," kicked in $142,000 so far.

Another $133,000 came from the Humane Society of the United States, with an additional $25,000 coming from the Arizona Humane Society. Foes of the initiative have so far raised $334,767, with $202,500 of that coming from the Arizona Pork Council, with another $24,100 from the Arizona Cattle Feeders Association.

Petitions to put the measure on the ballot are expected to be submitted Thursday. The initiative, if approved in November, would make it illegal to confine a pig during pregnancy or any calf raised for veal for the majority of the day in any manner that precludes it from lying down, fully extending limbs or turning around freely. Farmers would be given until 2013 to comply.

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