Pork Industry Sues Massachusetts over Anti-Animal Cruelty Laws

Restaurant and hospitality trade groups and the National Pork Producers council sued the Massachusetts Attorney General and the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources to enjoin enforcement of a Massachusetts state law pending the Supreme Court’s review of Proposition 12, a similar California statute. The Massachusetts state law, aimed to prevent farmed animal cruelty, was scheduled to take effect August 15th. The pork industry has asked for urgent injunctive relief, claiming pork and bacon shortages if the Massachusetts law is allowed to take effect.