States Sue Massachusetts Over Ban on Out-of-State Meat

Led by the state of Indiana, the attorneys general for 13 states this week filed a lawsuit against Massachusetts over its ban on the sale of out-of-state meat and eggs from animals raised in certain housing. Massachusetts voters in November 2016 approved a ballot initiative that banned certain housing for pigs, egg-laying hens and veal calves.

The AGs are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that the ban on the sale of meat and eggs from animals raised in housing systems prohibited by the state, which is set to take effect in 2022, violates the U.S. Constitution and the Commerce Clause’s original goal of preventing states from enacting barriers to interstate commerce and regulating commercial activities that take place beyond their borders.

The lawsuit, filed directly with the high court based on its original jurisdiction over disputes between states, follows a similar suit. That suit also was filed by 13 states – led by the attorney general of Missouri – challenging a similar law restricting access to retail markets in California.

NPPC fought both the Massachusetts and California initiatives and now is supporting the “No Regulation Without Representation Act of 2017” (H.R. 2887), legislation introduced by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., that would prohibit states from imposing regulatory burdens on businesses, including pork operations, not physically present in the state.

Earlier this year, NPPC CEO Neil Dierks testified on the bill before a House Judiciary subcommittee, saying: “Several states – most with little pork production – have banned gestation stalls, either through ballot initiatives or legislation. That was their prerogative, however ill-advised or uninformed their motives were. What NPPC and pork producers object to is one state adopting a law or regulation that dictates the practices of the other 49 states.”

 

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Submitted by Cristin on Tue, 12/19/2017 - 13:02

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Submitted by Eric Wessels on Tue, 12/19/2017 - 16:19

Massachusetts is doing a great thing. They aren't trying to regulate businesses outside their jurisdiction, they are simply setting the bar for if producers want to do business in their state.

Submitted by Diane Rosenberg on Tue, 12/19/2017 - 17:22

Massachusetts voters - and consumers - spoke loud and clear about their preferences. The corporate pork industry needs to respect their decision. The National Pork Producers Council, which theoretically is supposed to represent all types of pork producers, not just the corporate confinements, would do well to provide options and support for farmers who wish to raise hogs on pasture or in hoop house operations in order to meet the demand of Massachusetts voters and consumers. Why side with bullies in the corporate ag industry who want to force unwanted products on Massachusetts consumers? Pasture-raised pork is growing in demand. NPPC would be wise to support this growing market.

Submitted by Diane Rosenberg on Tue, 12/19/2017 - 17:22

Massachusetts voters - and consumers - spoke loud and clear about their preferences. The corporate pork industry needs to respect their decision. The National Pork Producers Council, which theoretically is supposed to represent all types of pork producers, not just the corporate confinements, would do well to provide options and support for farmers who wish to raise hogs on pasture or in hoop house operations in order to meet the demand of Massachusetts voters and consumers. Why side with bullies in the corporate ag industry who want to force unwanted products on Massachusetts consumers? Pasture-raised pork is growing in demand. NPPC would be wise to support this growing market.

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