Update from Paul Shapiro

The head of HSUS’ factory farming campaign writes:

Today, my colleague Kelly Peterson and I filed paperwork at the Oregon Secretary of State’s office to place a measure on the November 2012 ballot to outlaw battery cages and the sale of battery eggs in the state. Between I-1130 in Washington (for this November’s ballot) and now this potential 2012 Oregon measure, the Pacific Northwest is quickly becoming a major focal point of the farm animal protection movement.

Anderson Cooper did a good segment on the bills to ban factory farm investigations, and the Chicago Tribune editorialized on the topic, too. As well, Mat Thomas ran an interview with me on the topic.

That makes the Pacific Northwest the epicenter of the animal protection movement for the next nineteen months. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to spend the summer in Seattle or Portland working on something meaningful, here it is.