Prop 12 Stirs Controversy in Missouri Hog Farming

Sep 19, 2023

Scott Hays, President of the National Pork Producers Council, revealed his decision not to adapt his Missouri hog farm to meet California's Proposition 12 animal welfare law.

The law mandates specific renovations for hog farms, but Hays expressed concerns over the profitability of these modifications. While some major pork producers like Hormel, Smithfield, and Tyson Foods have committed to complying with Prop 12, Hays cited his reluctance to risk his family's farm.

Proposition 12 sets strict standards, requiring California hog farmers to provide 24 square feet of floor space for each breeding sow. It also bans the sale of pork from farms in other states that don't meet this requirement. The NPPC has voiced its support for the EATS Act, which proposes enabling anyone to challenge state or local laws regulating agricultural product production in federal court. Critics argue that this act may undermine various state laws related to health, safety, and welfare.

Hays emphasized that the NPPC is actively working to find a solution to address Prop 12's challenges, appreciating the backing received from House Agriculture Committee Chair Glenn Thompson.

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