Ag Groups File California Prop 12 Appeal at Supreme Court


Southern Farm Network

October 5, 2021         


The National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to take their case against California’s Proposition 12. The ballot initiative would ban the sale of pork from hogs raised outside the state that don’t meet California’s arbitrary production standards. Michael Formica is Assistant Vice President and General Counsel for the NPPC. He says California is attempting to tell hog producers outside the state how to run their farms.


“California is now reaching out to far beyond its borders, and not just controlling how pork would be produced inside the state of California, and there is no pork produced there, but reaching across the country and prohibiting the sale of pork in California if it doesn’t meet these very prescriptive standards that they have put in place. So, 99.9 percent of the pork in the country is produced outside of California, and this is their attempt to reach out and control how farmers in the Midwest or the Southeast raise their hogs.”


The Humane Society of the U.S. was behind the Prop 12 initiative in California, justifying it through food safety and animal cruelty concerns. He says neither justification will be met if this initiative goes through, especially when it comes to group housing and gestation crates for sows...


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