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Proposition 12 is Not the Way We Want to Care for Animals, Hays Says


By Jennifer Shike, FarmJournal's Pork

September 16, 2022


It's been quite a year in U.S. agriculture, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) President Terry Wolters told a crowd of journalists at NPPC’s media roundtable on Thursday.


With no shortage of examples to share, Wolters explained how it’s been an unprecedented time to raise pigs. From the labor shortage to disease threats and from a challenging trade environment to record-high grain prices and energy costs. Throw in a little inflation and it’s been a challenging environment at best.


“But meanwhile, there’s a backdrop of new pending legislation that could threaten farmers’ ability to effectively care for their animals,” he says. “Legislation that challenges this way of living, not to mention impacts the consumer and the pork supply chain.”


More than 100 pig farmers flew in for NPPC’s fall Legislative Action Conference in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 14-15 to meet with members of Congress to discuss various issues of importance to the U.S. pork industry. Of the many issues on the minds of producers this week was California’s Proposition 12.


“October 11, 2022 – remember this date,” Wolters urged. “This date is an impactful date not only to the U.S. pork industry, but also to states across the country as it sets the precedent for states to regulate or not regulate what goes on outside their borders. We feel this is an unconstitutional overreach that will impact future generations of pig farmers and pork production, along with consumer impacts.”


On Oct. 11, NPPC and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) will present their case before the U.S. Supreme Court why the appeals court judgment upholding Proposition 12 should be reversed...


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California's Proposition 12 Highlights Media RoundTable


Michael Formica - National Pork Producers Council

Farmscape for September 16, 2022


The National Pork Producers Council is encouraging farmers to highlight October 11th, the day the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the constitutional challenge of California's Proposition 12.


California's Proposition 12 and the Supreme Court case opposing it was the focus yesterday of a media roundtable hosted by the National Pork Producers Council.


October 11th the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case, filed by the NPPC and the National Farm Bureau Federation, which questions the constitutionality of the California law.


NPPC Legal Strategist Michael Formica, says the law was passed with the intention to regulate farmers who are located far outside of California.


Clip-Michael Formica-National Pork Producers Council:


We had filed this challenge to Proposition 12, a ballot initiative that California voters passed in 2018, nearly three and a half years ago.


Our feeling then and continues today is that, if any law is unconstitutional and violates the dormant commerce clause of the U.S. constitution, Proposition 12 is unconstitutional.


It reaches thousands of miles outside the of state of California, imposes very prescriptive standards on farmers who have no contact with the state of California.


It will force them to incur millions of dollars in renovations to their farms, to have to host inspectors from the state of California to their farms and at the same time, while being in the name of improving animal welfare, ironically, they'll significantly decrease the welfare and the health and the safety of those animals in the fare of these farmers.


It is incredibly disruptive to the industry and will be very disruptive to the supply chain.