In the latest attack on Iowa’s pork industry, a survey commissioned by the Humane Society of the United States says that 65 percent of Iowan’s polled support county zoning on pork operations and a moratorium on new construction on large pork operations.

Eldon McAfee, attorney representing the Iowa Pork Producers Association, says the group has opposed both a state moratorium and county control of pork operations. Instead, the association favors state control of livestock operations.

The survey is part of the U.S. Humane Society’s campaign against large pork confinement operations in Iowa. The group claims these changes would improve living conditions for hogs.

Key findings of the survey are:

  • Sixty-four percent of Iowan’s surveyed say they favor county zoning of large pork operations, while 26 percent were opposed.
  • The percentage of those surveyed favoring a moratorium on large pork operations to allow time to study their effect ranged from 65 percent to 74 percent. Opposition ranged from 23 percent to 25 percent.
  • The support for a moratorium and local zoning of pork operations was strong across political party and gender lines, with males, Democrats and independents posting the highest percentages.

Hill Research Consultants conducted the telephone poll of 612 randomly selected registered voters across the state Jan. 24-27.

Des Moines Register