Bacon banned in California Will other states follow?
It was in 2018 that California voters broadly approved an animal welfare proposal requiring more space for pigs, chickens and veal calves on farms. The law will enter into force and will be implemented at the beginning of next year. I wonder if California voters knew what the outcome of this proposal would be? Is it written on the ballot Are you in favor of animals having more space in a barn? It would be understandable to say yes, it seems like a good idea without knowing what the end result would be.
Well, the end result will be that very little pork will be available in California next year and that will be very expensive. Pighouses today are designed with animal comfort as a top priority. Research has been done to determine the space a pig needs to be the most productive. It is the space and production practices that are designed in buildings. More space than needed means increased costs and no increase in productivity.
So apply a law requiring more space per pig means buildings and equipment must be redesigned and modified at considerable cost to pork producers. My first thought was that the pork industry was just going to leave California. Dave Preisler The CEO of Minnesota Pork Producers told me at Farmfest that there are only 5,000 sows in California. By comparison, Minnesota has 550,000 sows, so maybe Minnesota and Iowa can just produce the pork California needs? WRONG!
We already produce most of the pork that California consumes. However, the proposal passed by California voters requires all pork produced in another state and imported into California to meet the same space standards! Is it legal? I thought we had Federal Interstate Ctrade laws that would prevent a state from acting as an individual country? Is it legal for a state to impose its point of view on other states?
Seems to me like this is an initiative by extreme animal rights groups to make meat so expensive that ordinary Americans can’t afford it? Click on the link and listen to Dave Preisler Minnesota CEO Pork Producers discusses the California proposal and how pigs are taken care of today!