Even as the US Supreme Court is going to hear arguments in October by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and the Farm Bureau to deny a female breeding sow the ability to turn around in its crate, here are Dr. Elizabeth Cox’s (Lead on Prop 12 Enforcement) findings on progress the pork industry has made in updating facilities to be compliant to Prop 12.
– Dr. Cox visited 10 sow farms across the US, including Clemens, Hormel, JBS and Premium Iowa Pork for discussions on Prop 12 standards and to see the enormous progress made in building or upgrading facilities to produce Prop 12-compliant pork.
– Dr. Cox visited a California Smithfield processing facility where employees confirmed the company is hard at work constructing and upgrading sow farm facilities to serve consumer demand in California for Prop12-compliant pork.
– Dr. Cox notes: “my visits to sow farms have given me great confidence in the pork industry’s ability to provide compliant pork meat to California…I witnessed enormous employee pride, satisfaction and enjoyment working with the sows.
Original article published on July 7, 2022 on California Department of Food & Agriculture