‘As I See It’ by Gary Truitt: Prop 12 Update: Agriculture Needs Protection From Animal Extremists


The ink was hardly dry on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding California’s Proposition 12 when the architect of this bad public policy started demanding quick action to implement California’s trade embargo against the rest of the nation.

Animal Wellness Action and the Center for a Humane Economy wrote to California’s Food and Agriculture Secretary and its Attorney General and urged them to take intentional action toward robust implementation of California’s Proposition 12. Pork from farms in Iowa, North Carolina, and other states using gestation crates should no longer be sold in California.

In the, letter Wayne Pacelle, president of Animal Wellness Action, stated, “Californians don’t want to contribute to extreme confinement of breeding sows in gestation crates that immobilize the animals. The law must speak and the will of the people must be honored. No more delays in implementation.”

“Apart from the now resolved legal impediments, there are also no practical reasons why enforcement should not be immediate or that the pork industry is unable to meet the demands of California’s residents for humanely raised pork,” said Scott Edwards, general counsel for Animal Wellness Action and the Center for a Humane Economy.

Pork producers, especially smaller operations, see things differently. Many have indicated they cannot make the changes needed and will simply shut down.

If you ever needed proof that the real goal of these animal extremists is to remove meat from the American diet, here it is. SCOTUS sent a clear message to government and animal rights extremists that the U.S. Constitution will not protect states and farmers from one state’s regulatory policing overreach, nor will interstate commerce be allowed to flow freely in the best interest of all states and all Americans.

According to Protect the Harvest, “Proposition 12 will adversely impact food costs and availability at a time of high federal government-induced inflation and the corresponding increase in food insecurity. The SCOTUS decision will increase hog farming costs across the nation with no scientific or fact-based benefit. American farmers and consumers are the losers in this decision.”

I have heard some farmers say, “Well, we will just find a way to adjust and adapt.” The problem with this is that this is only the beginning.  We cannot keep losing and adapting; it is time to unite and fight back. Farmers need to be protected by law. We can no longer farm with no protection from radical extremists, politically motivated government overreach, and misinformed media hysteria.

That’s how I see it.

Gary Truitt

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Hoosier Ag Today, its employees, advertisers, or affiliated radio stations.


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