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SENATORS SEND LETTER TO AG SEC'Y VILSACK SUPPORTING CALIFORNIA PROP 12, INCLUDING DEBBIE STABENOW
Sierra Sun-Times, Lake Tahoe, CA, reports

Washington - Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) on Friday called on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to support California's Proposition 12 before the Supreme Court.

In 2018, California voters passed Proposition 12, which set humane standards for farm animal products sold in California. Last month, the Supreme Court agreed to hear National Pork Producers Council v. Ross, a lawsuit challenging Proposition 12.

"Given the impacts of the law, we urge your Department to support California and other states that restrict sales of a product with the intent of protecting the health and safety of consumers within their state," the senators wrote. "States should not be stripped of their authority to mitigate the harm that inhumane farm animal confinement poses to animals, people, and the environment.

"Further, overturning this popular California law would conflict with longstanding judicial precedent and jeopardize established health, safety, environmental protection, and animal welfare regulations in dozens of states. In our federal system, states have significant autonomy in the establishment of social and economic policy in a range of areas, from climate change (e.g., use of renewable energy), to labor, to pollution (e.g., mandatory recycled-content laws).

Expanding the Dormant Commerce Clause as NPPC seeks to do in this case would have ramifications far beyond the pork, chicken, and veal industries."


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