US pig industry watches California’s Prop 12 rule

 

Treena Hein, Pig Progress

Jul 19, 2021

 

The implementation of new animal welfare regulations for sows and more in California is expected to affect livestock production across the US. Here are updates on the housing standards, lawsuits and implementation timeline.

 

In late 2018, voters in California approved Proposition 12, which is known as the Farm Animal Confinement Initiative. It was an act intended to change the US pork industry, whether each individual voter realised this or not.

 

Sow housing and freedom of movement

 

As explained in a California Department of Food & Agriculture release, the new law requires that animals held in buildings, including veal calves, laying hens and breeding sows, “be housed in confinement systems that comply with specific standards for freedom of movement, cage-free design and minimum floor space.”

 

“In addition to general requirements that prohibit animals from being confined in a manner that prevents lying down, standing up, fully extending limbs or turning around freely, the measure added detailed confinement space standards.” Each breeding sow must have 24 ft2 of space (2.2 m2).

 

Reach beyond the state of California ...

 

Consequences felt by hog farmers across the country ...  

 

First challenge by NA Meat Institute ...

 

Pork producers in limbo ...

 

NPPC launched a separate lawsuit ...

 

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