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Texas Agricultural Law Blog Reviews California Proposition #12

04/07/2019

A recent edition of Texas Agricultural Law blog, which is highly recommended for content and analysis, referred to an article in the Progressive Cattleman April edition referring to passage of California Proposition #12. The ballot measure was opposed by the National Pork Producers’ Council since gestation crates would obviously be banned, which in 2019 is a moot consideration. Enigmatically the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on the other side of the equation also opposed the measure maintaining that it was insufficiently rigid in mandating the extent and speed of transition to non-confined systems for hens.

The article referred to the failed attempts to overturn California Proposition #2 enacted in 2008. This was was the forerunner of ballot initiatives initiated by the Humane Society of the United States to outlaw conventional cages.

What is now evident to livestock producers is the fact that pork, veal, beef and eggs produced in any state and sold in California must conform to the conditions mandated by Proposition #12. This reality has influenced adoption of aviary and floor systems in the Midwest and Western states supplying California with eggs.