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Ballot Measures


The Humane Society Legislative Fund, along with The Humane Society of the United States and other animal protection groups, recognizes the usefullness of the ballot measure and ballot initiative process in states that allow them. Sometimes the animal protection movement can effectively utilize the ballot measure process to mobilize citizens to protect animals from the industries that seek to profit from animal abuse.

Since 1990, there has been a proliferation of animal protection initiatives, largely spearheaded by the organizing efforts of The Humane Society of the United States, The Fund for Animals, and the Humane Society Legislative Fund. We approach the initiatives in a highly professional manner; carefully identifying issues in demographically favorable states, organizing volunteer petitioners, conducting public attitude surveys, raising money, and persuading voters.

Between 1990 and 2010, animal protection advocates squared off against factory farmers, trophy hunters, and other animal-use industries in 44 statewide ballot measure campaigns, winning 30 campaigns—a 69% success rate. The animal protection movement has had great success in carefully selecting and winning initiative and referendum campaigns on behalf of animals. Unfortunately, anti-animal industries that profit from the inhumane treatment of animals have tried, sometimes successfully, to deny access to the initiative process. Fortunately, The HSUS, HSLF and other groups have largely been successful in defeating these counter-measures and will continue to be diligent in our efforts to safeguard the process, propose animal protection initiatives and referenda, and stop the animal-use industries’ attempts at overturning our efforts.

Current Ballot Measures


Prevent Cruelty California is a coalition of organizations working to place a critical measure on the November 2018 ballot to upgrade California’s laws relating to the extreme confinement of farm animals.

It’s cruel and inhumane to lock animals in cages for their whole lives. Such confinement causes the animals to suffer and increases food safety risks. California consumers deserve protection from such inhumane and substandard products in the marketplace. It’s time for California to adopt cage-free standards just as other states and the food retail marketplace are already doing.


Protect Dogs - Yes on 13 is a grassroots campaign working to end the cruelty of greyhound racing in Florida. Amendment 13 will phase out commercial greyhound racing by 2020. Other gaming activities at these facilities will not be affected. It will help thousands of dogs, and reduce gambling by roughly $200 million per year.

This proposal will allow the people of Florida to do what the legislature has failed to do: rid the state of dog racing and put an end to this cycle of cruelty.

UPDATE: On June 7 the Ohio Legislature passed H.B. 506, a piece of legislation that will end the most notorious practices that are rampant in Ohio’s puppy mills. With the signing of this important law, the Stop Puppy Mills Ohio campaign stopped their efforts to put an amendment on the ballot.

Stop Puppy Mills Ohio is a grassroots campaign working to ensure the humane treatment of dogs in commercial breeding facilities.This ballot measure will alleviate the suffering of tens of thousands of dogs languishing in Ohio puppy mills by vastly improving their standards of care. It requires commercial breeders (those with 8 or more breeding females) to provide dogs with nutritious food and clean water, proper veterinary care, housing, exercise, socialization, protection from extreme temperatures, and more. It also prohibits commercial breeders and other sellers, regardless of where they are located, from selling dogs to Ohio consumers unless they meet these humane standards of care.

With a resounding yes vote in November 2018, Ohio, will take a strong stand against animal cruelty and show the rest of the nation how to effectively tackle the puppy mill problem.