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North American Meat Institute suing California over plans to increase space for farmed animals


The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) is suing the state of California over measures to provide more space for animals on farms.


Proposition 12 is a voter-approved initiative but the NAMI say the plans are an “overreach.”


Members of the North American Meat Institute include Tyson Foods and Walmart.


Meat Institute President and CEO Julie Anna Potts said:


“Prop 12 hurts the family on a budget with higher prices for pork, veal and eggs, and unfairly punishes livestock producers outside of California by forcing them to spend millions more just to access California markets.
“We are a highly-efficient and unified economy in this country and so that’s just not right.
“If this unconstitutional law is allowed to stand, California will dictate farming practices across the nation.
“California’s overreach creates an unworkable patchwork of differing state regulations that will make it impossible for the supply chain, from small farmers to your local grocer, to function.”


Spokesmen for California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the state’s Department of Food and Agriculture did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokesman for the state’s Department of Public Health declined to comment.