Illinois farmers and California animal rights laws are at odds with each other as Illinois pork producers who sell pork to California may have to change the way they raise their animals.
Tasha Bunting, associate director of Commodity and Livestock Programs for the Illinois Farm Bureau, said new California requirements for farm animals are set to go into effect in January.
Proposition 12, passed by California voters in 2018, requires bigger pens per sow: 24 square feet. Farmers will also need to comply with certification programs and implement new auditing procedures.
California represents 14% of the U.S. pork market.