The “pig welfare” law comes into effect: California risks running out of bacon

The “pig welfare” law comes into effect: California risks running out of bacon
The “pig welfare” law comes into effect: California risks running out of bacon

It is one of the essential cornerstones of the American breakfast. But California citizens risk having to do without it. We are talking about bacon, or the “strips” of pork, which a law that will come into force shortly in the US state now puts at risk, as many US newspapers report, even with alarmist tones.

The law in question, approved through a referendum in 2018, concerns animal welfare and provides, among other things, more space for the rearing of breeding pigs, hens and calves.

At the moment, however, only 4% of Californian farms comply with the required standards, especially as regards pigs. The result: the production of pork – and therefore of bacon – could suffer a severe backlash and supply could no longer cover demand.

This is why we think of a derogation or the green light by the courts or the state for the entry of animals raised in other states.

As reported by the US media, California consumes about 15% of the United States’ pork production each year but its production is limited. Of the more than 115 million kilograms of pork used each month by California restaurants and grocery stores, in fact, only 45 million come from farms within the state.

(Unioneonline / lf)

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