There’s a debate swirling over state regulations that restrict commerce in other states, says Neil Dierks, CEO of the National Pork Producers Council. It’s at the heart of a new bill the organization supports.
The ‘‘No Regulation Without Representation Act of 2017,’’ H.R. 2887, introduced by Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., would stop states from adopting laws and regulations that ban the sale of out-of-state products that don’t meet their criteria.
Dierks recently shared NPPC’s reasons for supporting the bill with Agri-Talk’s Mike Adams. He said numerous state ballot initiatives have outlawed the use of individual maternity pens, or gestation stalls, for housing sows and the use of battery cages for egg-laying hens. An initiative against ethanol from corn shows how the overreach continues.
It’s one thing for a state to ban the use of these practices within the state, but the initiatives in California and Massachusetts prohibit the sale of out-of-state pork, eggs and veal from animals kept in banned housing.
NPPC has fought such bans, which have been pushed by animal-rights groups. Nine states have banned, through legislation or ballot measures, gestation stalls, battery cages and veal crates, but only California and Massachusetts extended the bans to sales in their state of products produced anywhere in the country that don’t comply with their housing standards. Read more about NPPC’s position here.
“Fundamentally from our perspective, we have citizens in one state dictating to citizens in other states (in this case, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and other Midwest states) the production practices they should use,” Dierks said in the interview. “We’re very much in favor of the marketplace dictating and producers will respond to market.”
Listen to the full interview on AgriTalk here.