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  • Constitutional law to protect Pigs.

    Friday July 6 7:36 AM EST

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida's Supreme Court was asked on Thursday to decide whether a proposed constitutional amendment protecting pregnant pigs from cramped quarters should go before Florida voters next year.

    Backers of the amendment say that expectant sows are tethered and housed in cages so small they cannot move about. The prisoners suffer myriad maladies because of their confinement, they say.

    Floridians for Humane Farms, a Pompano Beach-based organization, want pigs protected by the state constitution, the same document that protects such inalienable human rights as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    The group said it has collected more than 132,000 signatures, about a quarter of the nearly 500,000 needed to have a petition placed on the ballot.

    Under Florida law the state's highest court must review each proposed constitutional amendment to ensure that it deals with a single subject and accurately tells voters what the amendment attempts to accomplish. The justices are not under any deadline to return a ruling.

    Advocates have said the crates mete out not only physical punishment. They also affect swine psyches.

    "Pigs confined in gestation crates experience chronic stress, frustration, depression, and other psychological disorders," the group said on its Web site, "They routinely exhibit neurotic coping behaviors, such as repetitive bar biting, sham chewing, and head waving."

    Farm groups however, say Florida voters are being sold a pig in a poke.

    Lacking the political clout to convince lawmakers in Florida and other states to pass such protections, groups like Floridians for Humane Farms are using an emotional campaign to solve a problem that does not exist in Florida, opponents say.

    Pat Cockrell, director of agriculture policy for the Florida Farm Bureau, says Florida's hog industry is minuscule by national standards and is home to less than 100 major hog farms. Instead, Florida is being targeted because of its relatively easy petition process.

    "You could make a number of (allusions) to sows ears and silk purses," Cockrell said. "This is an issue that is impossible to be opposed to. The question is: are the facts there to support it? We don't think so."
    "Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open." Sir James Dewar 1842-1923

  • #2
    Utter and complete silliness!


    • #3
      Sounds like they are going whole hog on that one.


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