NPPC pleased about California court ruling
The National Pork Producers Council in the US is happy
to see that the California court case against the use of gestation crates has
been thrown out.
"We are pleased that the ruling made by the Court of Appeals in California
was positive for the producers involved and our industry," NPPC president Joy
Philippi told PigProgress.
The appeal case, directed
against Corcoran-based pig producer CorcPork, was initiated by the animal
activist group Farm Sanctuary, having lost a first court case in 2005. The group
claimed individual gestation crates are 'physically and psychologically
Farm animals should be given 'adequate exercise area', they
feel. However, at least one study by the American Veterinary Medical Association
found no more significant problems with the individual stalls than with group
NPPC is usually keeping a close watch on these
developments as in the years prior to 2007 public actions by animal activist
groups have led to gestation crate bans in the states of Florida and
Philippi said, "It would be pure speculation on my part to
predict if further actions will take place in California. But history on the
activists activities to have gestation crates outlawed seem to be heavier in
states with more dense population centers, and where there are fewer pigs
She continued, "We are concerned that "activist" type
organizations are using the court system to challenge how our producers raise
pigs in our country."
"California is not one of the major pork
production states in the US. But their production is important to the entire
pork producing chain."
Only last week, Smithfield
also announced to be removing gestation crates from their pig production sites
across the USA in the next decade.
In Europe, gestation crates will
have to be disappeared by January 1st, 2013.
As CorcPork officials
said they will continue to use the crates, the animal rights activists now plan
to go to California Supreme Court.
â€¢ NPPC: gestation crates are also appropriate
ends use of gestation crates
(26 Jan 2007)
â€¢ Activists now target California pig producers
(23 Jan 2007)
â€¢ Arizona says 'no' to gestation crates
(9 Nov 2006)
â€¢ National Pork Producers Council
â€¢ Farm Sanctuary
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