As an effort to regulate the human use of animals, Prop 2 is progress for human beings, not for non-humans. Let me tell you why.
Let's say someone is robbing and murdering someone in the street. I'm not going to rush and get my violin and play something beautiful to make the experience more enjoyable for the victim. That's not progress. It doesn't even insist that that person has a right not to be robbed. It's not a yell for the police, or a boot in the smelly junk of the perpetrator, or even just a request to stop.
Comforting the victim in the face of gross injustice doesn't push on any of the weight bearing walls in the house of oppression, does it? That's the house all vegans have sworn to tear down with non-violent vegan outreach, isn't it? We may not be able to tear down the house all in one go today. But we should push on the weight-bearing walls rather than just changing the wallpaper, shouldn't we?
To understand regulation as progress requires that we believe in good faith that
- a) regulation seriously helps the victim (which we know it doesn't)
- b) regulation today leads to abolition tomorrow (a belief that is on its face historically inaccurate and unfounded),
- c) regulation is the best we can do (which we know it isn't), or
- d) the victim doesn't really deserve more 'progress' than that.
For any non-human animal, the only acceptable understanding of 'progress' is his or her emancipation, his or her life back, his or her children back (for species to whom this is important), a sunny sky, fresh rain, a quiet hole, tree, lake, mountain, river, plain, or ocean, and our unequivocal guarantee that his or her right not to be used as a resource by human beings will be respected.
Anything less is just opportunism to make us feel better.