The Feds Just Defeated California’s Animal Law


The president just met with animal breeders in California, but, perhaps more importantly, animal rights activists in the state. According to the Chronicle, the Biden administration has asked the Supreme Court to reinstate the hog producers’ lawsuit against Proposition 12, a law setting minimum cage standards for hogs, chickens and veal calves. The companies that filed the complaints — the National Pork Producers Council and the National Farm Bureau Federation — argue the law interferes too much with transnational trade. The administration, for what it’s worth, argues that the courts shouldn’t have dismissed the lawsuit, not that the law itself is unconstitutional.

The law, which received 64% voter approval, required producers to provide at least 24 square feet of floor space for each breeding pig, one square foot for each laying hen and 43 square feet of floor space ground for calves reared for calf. It further banned California sales of meat products from animals held in smaller cages. Wayne Pacelle, president of the nonprofits Animal Wellness Action and the Center for a Humane Economy, told the the Chronicle, “It is shocking that the Biden administration is attacking the rights of states to enact anti-cruelty and food safety laws that do not exist at the federal level.”

This Chinese restaurant in Berkeley is closing

A note appeared in the window of Shen Hua, a College Avenue favorite for nearly 25 years, last weekend: owner Edward Chu let fans know that Sunday, June 26 will be the last day of service. The memo cites the continued challenges of the past two years as motivation to quit. SFGATE reports that Chu was born and raised in San Francisco and opened the northern Chinese-style restaurant in 1998.

Sacramento’s outdoor dining plan approved by the city

The Sacramento City Council agreed to an updated and expanded outdoor dining plan on Tuesday, June 22. Sacramento Bee writes that the outdoor dining program allows restaurants to retain their COVID-era parklets and outdoor amenities, as long as businesses seek “reputable permits,” which should be further detailed by a website. support that the city plans to launch on July 1. The new program will last until 2023 at the earliest.

4th of July celebration at this Filipino-Californian restaurant

Abaca will be the place to be on the San Francisco waterfront on Independence Day. The team will roast a whole pig, lechon-style, and serve slushies alongside a full menu including Monterey squid paella and smoked chicken palabok, while a DJ keeps things going lively throughout the case. There will be two places available for the 4th of July dinners, at noon and 1 p.m., S’mores will be available on request.

Take part in this Inner Sunset DIY dinner

Queens, the Korean convenience store on 9th Avenue, lets its fans know via instagram to pull up a stool this Friday, June 24, for a bowl or two of budae jeongol, cooked at the table — by you — and to your liking (hence the DIY part of the dinner equation). The store calls it a Standing Friday Party, which runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., so if you don’t catch a reservation this week there is always July.


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