Animal welfare at the State Fair

By From page A6 | June 17, 2014

The California State Fair (July 11-27) will feature some positive changes this year, but for the wrong reasons. There’ll be no sows and piglets in those brutal “farrowing crates” (a violation of Penal Code 597t), not due to humane concerns, but to fears of the fatal pig virus now sweeping the country.

Nor will there be vendors selling hermit crabs as pets (all taken from the wild and hand-painted — a true “crime against nature”). Again, not for humane concerns, but simply because no vendors applied for a booth.

However, there will be vendors giving away goldfish as “prizes.” An estimated 15,000 goldfish were given away at the 2013 fair. Most would suffer an early death, be illegally dumped in local waters or simply flushed down the toilet, treated as mere “expendables.” What a terrible message to send to impressionable young children! A concerned public could help stop this.

Let’s make our State Fair the most humane in the nation, simply by adopting written policies banning all these abuses. Email Cal Expo CEO Rick Pickering and the fair board (good people all) at [email protected]

Thanks for caring.

Eric Mills

Coordinator, Action for Animals, Oakland

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