A radical new “animal welfare” law may mean no more bacon for California residents.
A 2018 voter initiative requires farmers to give breeding pigs, egg-laying chickens, and veal calves legally-mandated minimum spacing before they can legally sell the product.
The rules, not backed by science, were intended by radical activists to end meat and egg consumption in California, and they may succeed.
Only four percent of pork producers can meet the new law. Unless the law is overturned or blocked by a court, most pork would become illegal to sell in California, and pork that meets the legal standard would be drastically more expensive.
“If half the pork supply was suddenly lost in California, bacon prices would jump 60%, meaning a $6 package would rise to about $9.60, according to a study by the Hatamiya Group, a consulting firm hired by opponents of the state proposition,” the Associated Press reports.
The radical law could destroy restaurants, which are already suffering under COVID-19 lockdowns.
“Our number one seller is bacon, eggs, and hash browns,” Jeannie Kim, who runs SAMS American Eatery in San Francisco, tells the AP. “It could be devastating for us.”
The California law is a threat to consumers nationwide. The state is one of America’s largest consumers of pork, accounting for 15 percent of the national market.
Pork producers nationwide can’t afford to shut out California entirely, so farmers across America may be forced to comply with the California law, driving up prices for families nationwide.
“Barry Goodwin, an economist at North Carolina State University, estimated the extra costs at 15% more per animal for a farm with 1,000 breeding pigs,” the AP reports.
So far, legal challenges have been turned back by courts, who have ruled there are no technical problems with the law and voters have the right to adopt even nonsensical legislation.
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