[opinion from ASU Web Devil]
Voters can choose more ethical conditions on farms
Unless you turned straight to today's opinion page, you probably
noticed the story about a protest led by animal-rights activists
opposing animal testing at a new laboratory (see today's front page).
If you were on campus in the spring of 2004, you also remember another
time when animal-rights activists made the front page of The State
Back then, it wasn't a group of picketers that started a campus-wide
buzz about our furry or four-legged friends � it was the fact that the
two protestors were a model who'd been featured in Playboy and a staff
member for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA for
short, who also happened to be a transsexual.
And they weren't just holding signs � they were decked out in bikinis
and wrestling in a kiddy pool full of tofu, right by the Newman
The event sparked an editorial, a few opinion pieces and plenty of
letters to the editor.
Locally, voters will have an opportunity to take a stand on the
conditions allowed on veal and hog farms with Proposition 204.
The proposition mandates that farmers allow pigs and cattle enough
room to lie down, turn around and fully extend their limbs.
The fact that the proposition is polling so well, and that enough
support was garnered to get it on the fall ballot as a citizen's
initiative, and with hundreds of thousands of dollars being spent on
campaigns by both sides, it looks like animal rights might not be an
issue for just the dreadlocked vegan in your political science class
And the fact that, according to the proposition's Web site, Maricopa
County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has come out in support of the initiative
should be solid proof that you don't need to be a supermodel in a
bikini to get people's attention about animal rights.