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·         California's Proposition 12 Viewed as a Step Back for Animal Welfare

The President Elect of the National Pork Producers Council suggests, rather than improving animal welfare, changes that will come about as a result of California's Proposition 12 will set animal welfare back…

 

·         Farmers Could Face Layers of State Regs

Pork Producers Spotlight Risks if SCOTUS Doesn't Toss California's Prop 12

 

 

California's Proposition 12 Viewed as a Step Back for Animal Welfare

 

Scott Hays - National Pork Producers Council

Farmscape for September 19, 2022

 

The President Elect of the National Pork Producers Council suggests, rather than improving animal welfare, changes that will come about as a result of California's Proposition 12 will set animal welfare back.

 

Last week the National Pork Producers Council hosted a roundtable to discuss California's Proposition 12 and update the media on the NPPC-National Farm Bureau Federation's Supreme court challenge of the legislation scheduled to be heard October 11.

 

Scott Hays, a pork producer from Monroe City, Missouri and the President Elect of the NPPC, says, as a fifth-generation farmer, his family considers the California law a step backwards in animal care.

 

Clip-Scott Hays-National Pork Producers Council:

 

We've spent well over a century raising pigs on the same farm and I vividly remember conversations with my Dad and Grandpa about pigs and how we can make their life better.

 

It's just known in our family, if the pigs do well we do well.

 

At one point my Dad and Grandpa built some feeding stalls in dirt lots when pigs were outside because the aggressive behavior of pigs especially around feeding time.

 

It didn't work but they tried.

 

We're very frustrated about the animal welfare part of this thing.

 

Like I said, we're five generations deep in raising pigs and now we have some folks that know nothing about raising pigs, or very little about raising pigs coming to our farm and telling us how it should be done.

 

We've done it that way because that's the only way we could do 50-60 years ago.

 

It doesn't work so we're very frustrated.

 

We feel like we're going backward in animal care.

 

I hope you understand our frustration because it's not the way we want to take care of the animals.

 

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Farmers Could Face Layers of State Regs

Pork Producers Spotlight Risks if SCOTUS Doesn't Toss California's Prop 12

 

By Chris Clayton, DTN/Progressive Farmer

9/19/2022

 

WASHINGTON (DTN) -- Pork producers and other farmers nationally would be faced with meeting multiple conflicting state welfare standards if the U.S. Supreme Court lets California's Proposition 12 stand, National Pork Producers Council leaders said Thursday.

 

The Supreme Court will hear arguments from NPPC and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) on Oct. 11 against the state of California and the Humane Society of the United States over Proposition 12.

 

The proposition, California's Farm Animal Confinement Initiative, was passed by voters in 2018 and sets confinement standards for sows, veal calves and egg-laying hens, and bans the sale of any pork, veal or egg products that don't meet California's standards. The law seeks to apply California's standard on any pork product nationally that could be sold in the state.

 

The high court agreed to hear an appeal from NPPC and AFBF after the Ninth Circuit upheld the law. The farm groups argue California's law, which remains under an injunction, violates the U.S. Constitution's interstate commerce clause.

 

NPPC leaders on Thursday talked to reporters about the case and the risks for farmers nationwide if the Supreme Court doesn't overturn California's law.

 

"California is free to regulate hog farms that are located in California," said Michael Formica, chief legal counsel for NPPC. "So, to the extent they want Proposition 12 to apply to those hog farms, that's well within their authority to do so. Our concern is when they reach out to Iowa, Minnesota or Missouri and try to tell those farmers what they are able to do."

 

CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE ...

 

FRUSTRATIONS OVER PERCEPTIONS ...

 

OTHER CONSEQUENCES ...

 

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