California’s Prop. 12: Another win for animal rights activists
California, which has become a productive playground for animal rights activists, once again handed the anti-agriculture crowd a victory. California voters approved Proposition 12, which establishes minimum space requirements per breeding gilt or sow, veal calves and egg-laying chickens. This measure, when it becomes state law in 2020, will also ban the sale of veal, pork and eggs produced by animals confined in areas below the minimum space requirements.
This sales stipulation applies to all these products sold in the Golden State, regardless of where the animals are raised, reports National Hog Farmer. The measure follows the approvbal of Proposition 2 several years ago.
About a year ago, Purdue University released a study analyzing the impact of Proposition 2 on California egg production and prices. Findings show that California egg production dropped about 35% in the time since Proposition 2 took full effect, while retail egg prices paid by Californians increased as much as 33%. Exactly the result the anti-agriculture activists wanted.
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