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Bacon Could Be Off The Shelves In California After Pig Rules Are Enacted


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Bacon could be a rare commodity in the liberal utopia of California.

After voters in California unanimously voted to approve the living standards of pigs in 2018; the new law could ultimately prevent the state from having any pork at all.

The new law states that all meat that is sold  in the state must abide by the animal welfare code and if farmers refuse to abide by these living standard then the meat will not be sold in the state.

As of right now only 4% of hog farm operations in the United States currently abide by California’s new living standard for pigs.

This is just one more extra reason for more people to leave California.

 

Business Insider had more on the story:

A change in animal-welfare rules could make bacon difficult to find and more expensive to buy, reports say.

At the beginning of next year, California will enforce a welfare proposition, which was approved by voters in 2018. The Farm Animal Confinement Proposition requires more space for breeding pigs, egg-laying chickens, and veal calves.

The idea is that all of those animals should have sufficient space to stretch out their wings, claws, and paws, as Insider’s Hilary Brueck reported. Welfare campaigners have been pushing for the change for years.

Back in 2018, Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, said in a statement: “California voters have sent a loud and clear message that they reject cruel cage confinement in the meat and egg industries.”

Between now and January, courts or the state could try and intervene. But if they don’t, California is expected to lose almost all of its pork supply and pork producers will likely face higher costs to regain the market, according to AP.

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ABC News covered the story too:

Thanks to a reworked menu and long hours, Jeannie Kim managed to keep her San Francisco restaurant alive during the coronavirus pandemic.

That makes it all the more frustrating that she fears her breakfast-focused diner could be ruined within months by new rules that could make one of her top menu items — bacon — hard to get in California.

“Our number one seller is bacon, eggs and hash browns,” said Kim, who for 15 years has run SAMS American Eatery on the city’s busy Market Street. “It could be devastating for us.”

At the beginning of next year, California will begin enforcing an animal welfare proposition approved overwhelmingly by voters in 2018 that requires more space for breeding pigs, egg-laying chickens and veal calves. National veal and egg producers are optimistic they can meet the new standards, but only 4% of hog operations now comply with the new rules. Unless the courts intervene or the state temporarily allows non-compliant meat to be sold in the state, California will lose almost all of its pork supply, much of which comes from Iowa, and pork producers will face higher costs to regain a key market.



 

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