Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm and Ranch Programming, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network  |  2401 Exchange Ave, Suite F, Oklahoma City, Ok 73108  |  (405) 601-9211


Agricultural News

Pork Producers Praise Christie For Supporting Farmers

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:13:18 CDT

Pork Producers Praise Christie For Supporting Farmers
America's hog farmers and the National Pork Producers Council today thanked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for vetoing legislation that would have banned the use of individual maternity pens for pregnant sows. The legislation was pushed by animal-rights groups despite the fact that few of New Jersey's small number of hog farmers use such housing.

"This is a great example of a governor standing up to powerful lobbying groups on behalf of small, independent farmers," said NPPC President-elect Dr. Howard Hill, a pork producer from Cambridge, Iowa. "America's family hog farmers thank Gov. Christie for rejecting this bad legislation."

The legislation was championed by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other radical animal-rights activists even though it would have prevented farmers from caring for their animals in a way approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians. Those organizations long have recognize individual maternity pens as appropriate for providing for the well-being of sows during pregnancy.

"HSUS continues to drive this unreasonable legislation in states with little pork production in an attempt to push a national agenda, but states are starting to push back," Hill said.

In rejecting the legislation, Christie said: "The proper balancing of humane treatment of gestation pigs with the interests of farmers whose livelihood depends on their ability to properly manage their livestock best rests with the State's farming experts - the State Board (of Agriculture) and the Department (of Agriculture)."

The New Jersey agriculture departments in 2004 adopted "Humane Standards" for livestock, and the state Supreme Court in 2008 upheld most of the standards, including a direct challenge of the regulations governing the treatment of gestating pigs.

The defeat in New Jersey was the latest in a series of them for HSUS, which over the past 10 years has spent millions of dollars in states around the country to advance its radical agenda.

Very few states have enacted bans through ballot initiatives or through the legislative process because of the negative impacts such prohibitions would have had on local pork producers. Most recently, the legislatures in Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont chose not to pass measures banning individual maternity pens.



WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI


Top Agricultural News

  • Fusionware Announces John Deere Integration to Optimize Farming Operations   Thu, 06 Oct 2022 12:40:47 CDT
  • OSU Scientists Helping to Seek Cure for Tuberculosis  Thu, 06 Oct 2022 12:11:40 CDT
  • As Drought Burdens Producers, OSU's JC Hobbs Provides Tax Tips for Farmers and Ranchers  Thu, 06 Oct 2022 11:59:08 CDT
  • Collaboration Will Propel Advancements  Thu, 06 Oct 2022 11:25:27 CDT
  • NCBA Urges EPA to Press Pause on New WOTUS Rulemaking  Thu, 06 Oct 2022 10:32:07 CDT
  • Beef Industry Scholarship Applications Are Now Available for Undergraduate Students  Thu, 06 Oct 2022 10:05:07 CDT
  • Oklahoma Drought Levels Rise in All Categories This Week, But Chance of Rain In Forecast   Thu, 06 Oct 2022 09:43:41 CDT
  • Market Update with Paul Dykstra-Texas Grade Tumbles   Thu, 06 Oct 2022 09:21:23 CDT

  • More Headlines...


    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Oklahoma Beef council Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit Ag Mediation Program P&K Equipment Oklahoma City Farm Show Union Mutual Stillwater Milling Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association KIS FUTURES, INC.


    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com

    © 2008-2022 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup   |    Current Spots   |    Program Links

    WebReady powered by WireReady® Inc.