The results of state and local ballot initiatives resulted in some positive reforms benefiting animals, as well as some disappointing outcomes:
California: Ballot 12, to further reform standards for animals confined for agricultural use, passed with a 61% majority.
Florida: Constitutional Amendment 13, to end commercial greyhound and other dog racing in the state by 2020, passed with 68.92% of the votes. The measure required a minimum of 60% to pass.
North Carolina: The North Carolina Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment, to give residents a constitutional right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife, passed with a 57% majority. This will now make hunting, fishing and trapping the primary means of managing wildlife in the state.
A local referendum in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, that would have prohibited the keeping or transport of dogs and cats intended to be used for research through the town, failed with a vote of 41% supporting and 59% opposing this measure. This was an impressive showing, given that the owners of a nearby animal breeding facility live in and around the Mt. Horeb area.
Thanks to everyone who went to the polls to make their votes count on election day.