Ron DeSantis slams California mandate for humane treatment of breeding pigs
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'It doesn't even make any sense.'

Ron DeSantis is taking a stand against legislation that would protect pigs in California, promising Iowans to protect them from the onerous law.

The Governor, while at a Never Back Down bus tour stop in Atlantic, said his presidential administration would not “let California regulate how farmers in Iowa conduct their business on things like, you know, these pork producers have to follow California law to do this stuff.”

“It doesn’t even make any sense,” DeSantis said.

Earlier this year, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a California law called Proposition 12, which mandates more room for breeding pigs. The Court sided with the state against the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation, industry groups that contended California law would impose unreasonable burdens on pig farmers.

The California law holds “no person shall knowingly engage in a commercial sale within the state of whole pork meat for human food if the whole pork meat is the product of a breeding pig, or the product of the immediate offspring of a breeding pig, that was confined at any time during the production cycle for said product in an enclosure that fails to comply with all of the standards set forth in Chapter 10, Article 3, regarding Breeding Pigs.”

This includes pig meat brought in from out of state, meaning California markets would be closed to flesh from slaughtered pigs treated worse than state law requires.

California statute dictates that the “enclosure shall allow the breeding pig to lie down, stand up, fully extend limbs, and turn around freely,” with “a minimum of 24 square feet of usable floorspace per breeding pig.” But that’s a bridge too far for the purveyors of porcine flesh.

The National Pork Producers Council has denounced the standards as “arbitrary” and “unconstitutional,” and DeSantis’ position accords with that industry group.

Ironically given the Governor’s take, more than two decades ago Florida passed a Constitutional amendment stipulating that “no person shall confine a pig during pregnancy in a cage, crate or other enclosure, or tether a pregnant pig, on a farm so that the pig is prevented from turning around freely, except for veterinary purposes and during the prebirthing period.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Ron DiSaster

    August 11, 2023 at 12:58 pm

    He’s only upset about it because to him the term “pigs” means black people.

  • PeterH

    August 11, 2023 at 2:29 pm

    Meanwhile here in the Governor’s home state of Florida educators are very concerned that schools commence in a few weeks short 12,000 teachers, administrators, bus drivers and security guards!

  • Tjb

    August 11, 2023 at 2:34 pm

    Humane is a word that does not exist in DeSantis’s mind or vocabulary. It is rumor that the word “ compassion “ in the DeSantis’s household is considered to be an obscene word.

  • Dont Say FLA

    August 11, 2023 at 2:37 pm

    Not surprising given how he treats humans inhumanely. Of course little Rhonda doth protest about humane treatment of animals.

  • tom palmer

    August 11, 2023 at 3:37 pm

    Florida already has a provision approved by voters to protect us from the pollution of factory hog farms. He is so clueless.

  • Michael K

    August 11, 2023 at 3:45 pm

    I assume the DeSatan family has no pets – just those children they cart around like stage props.

    • Dont Say FLA

      August 12, 2023 at 5:31 pm

      Rhonda is CaCa CaCa Casey’s little Chia Pet. Just water him and watch him self immolate.

  • Joe

    August 11, 2023 at 4:35 pm

    Lil Ronnie’s only happy when some living creature is being tortured or persecuted by policies Casey agrees with.

  • My Take

    August 11, 2023 at 8:51 pm

    He’s a pig of poor breeding.

  • My Take

    August 11, 2023 at 9:11 pm

    I’m sure he wasn’t all that for humane treatment at Gitmo.

  • My Take

    August 12, 2023 at 9:37 am

    Do it, dirtball, do it for all your redneck-dregs* supporters . . . legalize dògfighting.
    Banning it was woke.
    `*Not the mere good ol’ boys.

  • My Take

    August 12, 2023 at 9:55 am

    What does DeSSpicable think òf all the federal government attenton now to flying-saucer space monsters?
    What if all the human slave-breeder stock they have abďucted only gets 25 square feet each to live in?

  • Every Day is Worse With This Guy!

    August 12, 2023 at 10:19 am

    DeSantis is so anti-humane treatment of pigs that he has campaigned vigorously since 2018 on an anti-pig platform. Didn’t you know he singlehandedly started a petition to get it on the ballot here in Florida to rid our Constitution of that protection? No? Everyone in the Governor’s Mansion signed it! Iowa voters beware!

    • My Take

      August 13, 2023 at 11:25 pm

      The pork industry has gaschambers for pigs.
      Ron DeSSadist might enjoy seeing those.

  • TJC

    August 12, 2023 at 11:02 am

    ‘It doesn’t even make any sense.’
    One can only imagine how much of this world does not make sense to DeSantis. Crosswalks, stop signs, driver’s license…people who aren’t white, countries where they don’t speak English, why are they called French fries…
    It’s all so complicated for a man of his caliber.

    • My Take

      August 12, 2023 at 7:43 pm

      I would like to see an article or book on DeSSpicable by a psycholoģist or psychiatrist.

  • Love Brown

    August 13, 2023 at 2:53 am

    He’s talking about pig let’s talk about erasing black history debating!!! Let’s talk about the feelings of poor black children.when they ask about where did we come from why were we brought here??? How were we treated once here? Why do we get paid less than white people?? And how come we’re all black smiths???

  • Love Brown

    August 13, 2023 at 2:55 am

    He’s talking about pigs let’s talk about erasing black history !!! Let’s talk about the feelings of poor black children.when they ask about where did we come from why were we brought here??? How were we treated once here? Why do we get paid less than white people?? And how come we’re all black smiths???

  • Enrique sandinao

    August 13, 2023 at 11:52 am

    Leave California to conci yourdey w your Florida mess; you’re the wild pig!
    I bet their slavery in your very ethnic background. What happened a black or Hispanic woman turned your sorry axx down, now your furious with all African Americans,and Mexicans.
    Crawl back under your rock n stay there now!
    You’re ugliness is shining;we need light

  • Ann Weishaar

    August 13, 2023 at 12:04 pm

    What doesn’t make sense is why he’s in Iowa and not in Florida. I’m sorry, but this is the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard. I don’t believe, if he is what he says he is, that the Bible is anywhere near his reading stand. What I think is really sad, Florida is OK with all of this. No one seems to be doing anything, except complaing. Why am I not doing anything- because I didn’t vote for him. If you did and your complaing DO SOMETHING to change it. I can’t because in Florida I must be “WOKE” because I don’t agree with him.

  • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

    August 13, 2023 at 9:59 pm

    Good evening America,
    Florida had it’s “Pregnant Pig Legislation” about 30 years ago. Why is this state so far behind?
    Oh wait its the “Dook 4 Brains Leftist State of Calaforina”…nevermind.

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