California Rules on Raising Pigs Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court

From The Center Square:

Illinois pork producers brace for impact from U.S. Supreme Court ruling

  • By Zeta Cross | The Center Square contributor

(The Center Square) – Pork producers in Illinois and across the U.S. are scrambling after the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly ruled against them. In a 5-4 decision announced earlier this month, the Supreme Court majority voted to dismiss the pork producers’ challenge to Proposition 12, a California law that requires pork producers to give gestating sows 24 feet of space, rather than confining them in crates for their protection.

To drum up media attention, 2002 Libertarian Candidate for Governor Cal Skinner brought a piglet from a western McHenry County farm to a meeting about raising toll prices on the Illinois Tollway.

Chad Leman, a third generation hog farmer and president of the Illinois Pork Producers, said his members are “deeply disappointed” in the ruling.

“We know what is best for the animals. We certainly know more than the activists or the politicians do,” Leman told The Center Square.

The majority of pigs raised in the United States are not produced in California, Leman said. They are produced in the Midwest and in North Carolina.

“What freedom to operate means is that we don’t want states like California telling us what the rules are for growing the pork,” Leman said. “But that ship has sailed. We’re all trying to figure out how to respond to this.”

Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the majority opinion for the court. Conservatives Clarence Thomas and Amy Coney Barrett joined liberal justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor to make up the majority.

Conservatives Samuel Alito, John Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh supported the pork producers, along with liberal Katenji Brown Jackson. Last fall, the Associated Press reported that the Biden administration submitted a strongly worded brief to the court on behalf of the pork producers, saying that the California law will mean a “wholesale change in how pork is raised and marketed in this country.”

The majority of Illinois hog farms currently run operations that are not compliance with the California requirements, which are set to go into effect nationwide on July 1.

“That would mean that most of our farms would have an immediate reduction in capacity of about 30%, a significant reduction in capacity,” Leman said.

It is possible that the July 1 deadline will be extended, Leman said, adding that pork producers are now in the process of figuring out what to do next.

Some pork producers are already making the changes to their sow housing, Leman said. Pork producers are talking to their packers to determine what premium they will be paid for pigs raised under more expensive conditions.

“Then it comes down to a math equation,” Leman said. “With the premium for the product, what is the payback on the capital improvements needing to be made to all the barns?”

The Supreme Court ruling hits pork producers at a bad time, Leman added. Pork prices have been way down for six months.

“Pork producers have lost a lot of money in the last six months, due to low pork prices and high feed costs,” Leman said. “We’ve seen some significant red ink. And now this Supreme Court decision. There’s some hard decisions that will have to be made.”


California Rules on Raising Pigs Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court — 8 Comments

  1. ole cal was always a lying hypocrite. Perfect example is the loser ran as a libertarian while sucking on a government pension. He never amounted to much and relied on his daddy’s connections. Once that ended the Republicans ran him out by leaking his story about his abuse of his daughter. He lost to a woman which must have triggered his distrust of women candidates.

    Just a little history since he posted that stupid old stunt he pulled when he thought he was important.

  2. Speaking of pigs, a current fashion that some women use is putting a ring in their nose and tattoos on arms, neck.

    How far we have come since mini-skirts.

  3. Well, I did pass more bills in my freshman year than any other freshman.

  4. As a freshman, I didn’t take the bar because I couldn’t pass A bar…..without stopping in. The problem was they leaked a story, while we will never know what happened, only he and his maker know, he was never charged or convicted. So….that is how the deep state started…the end.

  5. Tom is a bitter, and rather ugly tranny whose 1989 sex change operation went, according to the chief of surgery at St. Luke’s, “kaflooey.”

    Poor “tom” lashes out at everything wholesome, normal and good as he advances psychoses, degeneracy and perversion at every opportunity.

  6. ^Just some malding #resistlib dork upset that Cal got elected several times while they never amounted to anything and never will.

    You can always tell how mentally unstable someone is on this blog by the level of their emotion x the irrelevance of their comment in relation to OP and/or the comment section.

    That is to say, the more upset someone is about something not at all related to OP, the more prudent it is to put them into a mental institution.

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