Will the Supreme Court side against animals? The attack on Prop 12 | Episode 45
Aug 3rd, 2022 by Animal Wellness Podcast
In the latest but perhaps most appalling subversion of animal welfare since assuming control of the executive branch, the Biden Administration has targeted the nation’s most important farm animal welfare law. In an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Department of Justice sided with the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and the American Farm Bureau Federation (Farm Bureau) in their dubiously grounded efforts to overturn California’s Prop 12.
Approved with more than 62 percent of the vote in 2018, Prop 12 stipulates that any California farmer raising breeding sows, laying hens, and veal calves must provide minimum space allotments to the animals. The law also bars sale in California of pork, eggs, or veal coming from farms that rely on the most extreme confinement methods. If out-of-state farmers want their animal products to find shelf space in the large California market, they must play by the same rules that in-state farmers must observe. It’s a level playing field for all.
Wayne Pacelle, president and founder of Animal Wellness Action, and Kate Schultz, senior attorney, talk about the implications of the case and what it potentially means for animals.