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Ag Groups Argue About Harm to Animal Ag by California's Prop 12
Mon, 27 Jun 2022 11:31:44 CDT
As arguments in the Supreme Court advance over California's Proposition 12, many parts of the livestock industry are concerned with what this could mean for the future. Senior Farm and Ranch Broadcaster, Ron Hays, visits with the President and CEO of the Animal Agriculture Alliance, Hannah Thompson Weeman, about advocating for the livestock industry and gives details on Proposition 12.
Ron Hays Beef Buzzes with Hannah Thompson Weeman on Proposition 12
California's Proposition 12 creates new rules for different products such as swine, veal calves and eggs in California. The law is not restricted to producers in California, so anyone in the country who sells their product in California must abide by the proposition.
"It is extremely significant that the Supreme Court has decided to take up the case involving Proposition 12," Weeman said.
Many individuals in animal agriculture, Weeman said, especially in the pork community are waiting to see the results because the outcome will impact producers in the state that pass legislation and across the country.
"There is a reason that activist groups try to get these pieces of legislation passed in states with very little of the production in question," Weeman said.
This proposition, Weeman said, is an intentional strategy that calls for questions pertaining to interstate commerce and whether it is fair or not for producers to be regulated by citizens who live in a different state.
"I know a lot of restaurants, retail brands and others are really paying attention to this case because it is going to affect the implementation of not only Proposition 12, but also certain pieces of legislation in Massachusetts and other states that have been passed or proposed," Weeman said. "So, we are very attuned to it, and it is certainly promising that the Supreme Court did decide to take up the case."
Proposition 12 is mostly about pork, but the concept has an impact on everyone in animal agriculture.
"A lot of us followed the outlandish ballot initiative that was proposed in Colorado that would have redefined certain production practices as sexual assault of an animal and would have established a minimum life span that animals had to live to before they could be processed," Weeman said.
Similarly in Oregon, Weeman said a ballot initiative was proposed that would have redefined any processing of an animal as cruelty and made it illegal. So, Weeman added, you are welcome to eat them, but they have to die of natural causes.
"I think the outcome of this case is going to set the stage for what we see happening with them long into the future," Weeman said.
For the groups with agendas that are harmful to the animal agriculture industry, Weeman said the legislation is only one piece of their overall strategy.
"The alliance tracks around 200 different organizations that we have group profiles on who are targeting animal agriculture one way or another," Weeman said. "Their intention is not about animal welfare, and it is not about continuous improvement or innovation. At the end of the day, if we are using animals for any purpose, including for food, they don't believe there is any way for that to be done ethically and responsibly and they are advocating for animal agriculture and any use of animals to be completely ended."
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