In 2018 California voters passed Proposition 12, which bans intensive confinement of laying hens, mother pigs, and calves raised for veal. It also bans the sale in California of eggs, pork, and veal from facilities that don’t meet Prop 12 standards. This initiative was monumental in reducing suffering for farmed animals.
On March 28, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a lawsuit brought by the pork industry that challenges the constitutionality of Prop 12. If the industry is successful and Prop 12 is overturned, similar laws that have been passed since Prop 12 would be at risk.
Under the Trump administration, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) filed amicus briefs in support of the pork industry, including in the lawsuit now before the Supreme Court. The Biden administration has failed to withdraw this supportive brief.
Join us in urging the USDA to reverse its current stance, withdraw its amicus brief, and go on record publicly supporting Proposition 12.