The controversy over the new law on pigs in California | International
A new law in California will go into effect this Saturday and promises to improve the living conditions of the pigs whose meat is sold and consumed in the State. The voter-approved measure requires breeders to keep sows in crates with at least 24 square feet of space, where they can turn and stretch without hindrance.
The law had been delayed by opposition from producers, who argued that it would be too expensive to recondition the cages. They also warned of a possible shortage while they remodeled the facilities to meet the allowable criteria.
Some breeders have pointed out that breeding pigs fight with each other. With the law calling for the removal of gestation crates, which protected sows, farmers like Jared Schilling have had to implement additional technology to track animals and stop fighting.
However, the Supreme Court has upheld the law. The state has reached an agreement to allow pork slaughtered before July 1 to be sold in California markets and restaurants for the remainder of the year, giving producers time to adjust.
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