California companies file lawsuit to stop farm animal welfare law

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California restaurants and grocery stores have filed a lawsuit to prevent the implementation of a new Farm Animal Welfare Act.

The proposed law would improve conditions breeding pigs, laying hens and veal calves, ensuring that they have enough space to live and that they are treated humanely. The law was passed and approved in 2018 but suffered a 3 years late due to grocers trying to prevent it from going into effect.

This new law has faced so much backlash because food retailers fear it will make pork products more expensive or less available, due to the cost of complying with the law’s requirements.

Josh Black, which leads farm animal protection efforts in Humane Society of the United States, tried to reassure worried California residents. Although grocers fear there will be no more pork available in California under the new law, balk says there’s no reason for California residents to fear the “hog industry’s claims of the apocalypse.”

experts state that the price increase would be much smaller than an earlier projection and that there is also enough stockpiled supply to meet demand during the transition.

Pigs are big creatures and are often pushed into small stalls where they can’t even turn around or lie down comfortably. The law would simply ban cruel gestation crates and require these animals to have living quarters with more room to roam. While this is not the pinnacle of animal welfare as animals will still be bred for slaughter, it is vital to fight for these improvements until factory farming ends.

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