A Supreme Court Battle Over Pigs!
September 26, 2022
Hosted by Jane Velez-Mitchell
The people of California spoke loud and clear when they overwhelmingly passed Proposition 12, which requires animals bred for food, like pigs, be given enough room to turn around. Unbelievably, millions of pigs are kept in crates that are literally only slightly bigger than the size of their bodies. These pig gestation crates do not allow the pigs to turn around or even scratch themselves. They amount to animal torture on an institutionalized scale. Well, now, pork producers want to circumvent the will of the people of California and are trying to have this law nullified. The case is set to be heard by the Supreme Court of the United States on October 11th, 2022. It has global implications because Prop 12 will not allow these cruelly-produced meat products to be sold in California, which is the world's 5th largest economy. Animal Outlook is one of the organizations joining the opposition to the pork industry, speaking out for voiceless animals. Cheryl Leahy, Animal Outlook's Executive Director, speaks to UnchainedTV's Jane Velez-Mitchell about this case. Cheryl will also tell us about Animal Outlook's lawsuit against the American Heart Association for the AFA's "Heart-Check" certification mark on certain meat products, despite meat consumption's connection to heart disease. The case concerns California’s ability to ban the sale of pork from pigs that have been confined for nearly their entire lives in cages so small they can’t even turn around. What is the case about? Pork producers have challenged California’s Proposition 12, which requires that all eggs, veal, and pork produced and/or sold in the state comply with basic minimal space requirements to enable animals – including pregnant pigs in the pork industry – to have enough room to spread their wings or limbs and turn around. The pork industry does not want to have to abide by Prop 12 and is seeking to nullify the law.
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Jane Velez-Mitchell is the founder and editor of JaneUnChained.com, a digital news network focusing on animal rights and the vegan/compassionate lifestyle. Jane has won four Genesis Awards from the Humane Society for her reporting on animal issues. VegNews named her Media Maven of the Year in 2010. In 2013, Mercy for Animals awarded her their Compassionate Leadership Award. In 2014, Jane was honored for fighting animal abuse by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. In 2015, she received the Nanci Alexander Award at PETA's 35th anniversary. In 2017, she received Last Chance for Animals’ Sam Simon Award and Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary’s Woodstock Warrior award.
For six years, Jane hosted her own show on CNN Headline News, where she ran a weekly segment on animal issues. Before that, she reported for the nationally syndicated Warner Brothers/Telepictures show Celebrity Justice, where she did numerous stories on animal issues championed by celebrities, and was also a news anchor/reporter at KCAL-TV in Los Angeles and WCBS-TV in New York. Velez-Mitchell is a graduate of New York University and began her career with reporting stints in Ft. Myers, Florida, Minneapolis and Philadelphia.
Velez-Mitchell is the author of four books, including two New York Times bestsellers, and directed and produced the documentary Anita Velez: Dancing Through Life which won a Gracie award in 2001. She lives with her partner, Donna Dennison, and their 4 companion animals in Los Angeles.