SACRAMENTO, CA – The California liberals are at it again. If they don’t l like something, nobody can. In a state that prides itself on its liberalism, activism, veganism, and faux-animal rights activism, bacon has become the state’s latest public enemy number one.
In 2018, Californians voted for a law that required farmers to provide more open space for pig breeding and chicken farming. Now, with less than 4% of pig farmers complying with that law, the state is taking action. Now those farmers can face fines and up to 180 days in jail for non-compliance.
The situation is so dire, ABC news reports bacon might disappear from store shelves entirely, “Bacon may disappear in California as pig rules take effect.“
Fox News’ local affiliate says the new California law could make bacon hard to find in 2022.
Under Proposition 12, California pork producers must establish minimum space requirements based on square feet for calves raised for veal, breeding pigs, and egg-laying hens and must ban the sale of veal from calves, pork from breeding pigs, and eggs from hens when the animals are confined to areas below minimum square-feet requirements.
This change will force farmers to greatly reduce their inventory and raise their costs, which could lead to a much higher price at the grocery store for consumers nationwide.
On November 6, 2018, California voters approved Proposition 12, the Farm Animal Confinement Initiative, which amended requirements in Chapter 13.8, sections 25990 through 25994, of the Health and Safety Code (HSC).
The revised law requires that covered animals be housed in confinement systems that comply with specific standards for freedom of movement, cage-free design and minimum floor space, and identifies covered animals to include veal calves, breeding pigs and egg-laying hens, as specified. HSC section 25990 prohibits a farm owner or operator from knowingly causing any covered animal to be confined in a cruel manner, as specified, and prohibits a business owner or operator from knowingly engaging in the sale within the state of shell eggs, liquid eggs, whole pork meat or whole veal meat, as defined, from animals housed in a cruel manner.
In addition to general requirements that prohibit animals from being confined in a manner that prevents lying down, standing up, fully extending limbs or turning around freely, the measure added detailed confinement space standards for farms subject to the law.
“Any person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, thereof shall be punished by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000) or by imprisonment in the county jail for a period not to exceed 180 days or by both such fine and imprisonment,” the law reads.
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