Animal welfare at the State Fair

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 - 9:08 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 - 11:45 am

Due more to circumstance than intent, the 2014 California State Fair was likely the most humane in the nation:

*No sows or piglets in those godawful farrowing crates, due to the porcine virus sweeping the country.

*No hermit crabs sold as pets, all taken from the wild, but only because no vendors applied for a booth.

*No goldfish given away as prizes on-site, as winners had to visit a local PetSmart to retrieve their fish. At the 2013 fair, some 15,000 goldfish were doled out--most to suffer an early demise, either cooked or suffocated in those tiny plastic bags. No animal should be treated as a mere expendable.

CalEXPO needs a permanent, written policy abolishing all the above. Otherwise, these cruelties could return in 2015.

Please express your concerns to your legislators and the Fair Board, CalEXPO, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815. You can email them at

-- Eric Mills, Oakland

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