No Regulation Without Representation Act

What's the Background?

U.S. pork producers today provide 25 billion pounds of safe, wholesome and nutritious meat protein to consumers worldwide, creating $39 billion of gross national product and 547,800 U.S. jobs. Critical to the pork industry’s success is a producer’s ability to choose the production method that maximizes productivity, increases sustainability, reduces disease exposure and improves the health and welfare of his or her animals. This freedom has been jeopardized by recent state prohibitions on scientifically-sound production methods…For more click here.

Why Does it Matter to our Producers?

Through ballot initiatives or legislation, states increasingly are growing aggressive in banning the sale of out-of-state goods produced with practices that don’t meet their criteria. These unscientific mandates attempt to dictate how producers – who had no say or representation in their adoption – run their operations and care for their animals. Pork producers must be allowed to use housing systems and other production methods that work best for their operations and their animals, and producers in one state should not be told how to raise and care for their animals by the lawmakers, regulators or citizens in another state – especially when they have little or no knowledge of the industry.

What is NPPC's Position?

NPPC supports the “No Regulation Without Representation Act of 2017” (H.R. 2887) introduced by Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis. The legislation would enforce the constitutional provisions prohibiting one state from imposing regulatory mandates on other states and prevents a patchwork of state laws and regulations affecting the scientifically accepted production practices of pork producers.