Even though the United Egg Producers has backed regulations to increase federal oversight of egg production, the National Pork Producers Council believes the effort has negative ramifications for the pork industry.
The underlying issue is federal production laws and oversight of animal agriculture, according to Neil Dierks, chief executive officer, NPPC. The proposed legislation would limit pork producers’ flexibility in providing animal care, he said.
“This is a very dangerous precedent… what you’re talking about are federally-mandated production standards on-farm,” said Dierks, in an interview with Mike Adams, AgriTalk Radio host. “NPPC’s position has been that the market should dictate how producers produce (animals) for the market.”
The NPPC sees the bill proposed to the U.S. House of Representatives last week as an effort by the Humane Society of the United States, a supporter of the bill, to increase its influence on laws and regulations covering animal, poultry and egg production. “Getting the federal government involved in production standards is tantamount to a ‘take-over-the-farm’ bill,” said Dierks.
“The reality is that this is a blueprint for the Humane Society of the United States on how they want to regulate and oversee how animal production is occurring. Producers need the flexibility to take care of the animals in the best possible manner in their given circumstances.”