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· Prop 12 offers no benefit to consumers, animal welfare
· Meat Institute says California knows Prop 12 has unintended consequences
Prop 12 offers no benefit to consumers, animal welfare
CDFA admits in rule cost benefit analysis that Proposition 12 increases costs to consumers and pork producers.
Jacqui Fatka, NebraskaFarmer
Jun 09, 2021
The North American Meat Institute says the State of California’s Proposition 12 provides no benefit to consumers and increases breeding sow mortality, according to the state’s own proposed rule. The industry group made the remarks in a reply brief in support of its petition to the U.S. Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and in response to the defendants’ previously submitted briefs.
The National Pork Producers Council, along with the American Farm Bureau Federation, is also currently in a separate litigation before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals challenging Proposition 12. Oral arguments were held in mid-April and a court ruling is anticipated by mid-summer. NPPC continues to sound the alarm of the negative impact of the rule, especially as California has delayed proposing reules for implementation.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture released the proposed rule, originally due in September of 2019, on May 28. However, a final rule faces an uphill battle to get Proposition 12 implemented by January 1, 2022. NPPC says it plans to comment on the proposed rule ahead of the July 12 comment deadline and also is exploring all avenues to challenge how it could be implemented or extending the timeline for implementation.
“The recently proposed rule by the California Department of Food and Agriculture admits there are no benefits to Californians as a result of Prop 12. CDFA admits deaths of breeding sows will increase. Both are unintentional consequences of a costly and unconstitutional law,” says Julie Anna Potts, president and CEO of the North American Meat Institute. “Our petition to challenge the law has the support of more than 20 states, and we think it should be reviewed by the Supreme Court.”
The proposed rule estimates costs will reach greater than $100,000 per year for a typical breeding hog farm due to “smaller inventory of breeding pigs, lower piglet output per animal and increased breeding pig mortality.”
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Meat Institute says California knows Prop 12 has unintended consequences
By Larry Lee, Brownfield
June 9, 2021
The North American Meat Institute says California’s Proposition 12 rules for farm animal confinement are unconstitutional and provide no benefit to consumers.
In a statement, NAMI President and CEO Julie Anna Potts says the California Department of Food and Agriculture admits deaths for breeding sows will increase under Prop 12, and it has no direct impact on human health and welfare, worker safety, or the State’s environment. Potts says the state also admits the Prop 12 square footage requirements for livestock are not based on peer-reviewed science. She says the state also admits Proposition 12 will force low-income consumers, schools, universities, and prisons to pay more for food.
The institute has already...