Business Groups Sue Over California Law They Say Could Keep Pork Off Plates

Kitty Block, chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States, a prominent advocate of the legislation, said in an interview that the various lawsuits opposing Proposition 12 were a “frivolous tactic to try to continue to delay things.”

She added that the law was not an anomaly, and that there were ripple effects across the nation. Similar measures, though not as expansive, she conceded, have passed in a few other states, such as Colorado and Nevada.

The latest suit from California industry groups was a “Hail Mary pass,” she said, though one that — if successful — would “subvert the will of the California voters.” On the still-forthcoming regulations, Ms. Block said that suppliers had already had three years to meet the law’s minimum enclosure standards — at least 24 square feet of space for breeding pigs and 144 square inches for hens — that allow more freedom of movement.

“This is just some additional space for these…

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