Farmer John Leaving L-A
Pig on a farm Photo from Alpha Media Portland OR

Smithfield is closing one of its pork processing plants in California. 

The company says the facility in Vernon, near Los Angeles,  will shut down in 2023 due to the high cost of operating in California.

Smithfield makes Farmer John hot dogs, and says high taxes and high utility costs are the primary concerns but the company also cited a decrease in hog herds in the area as a problem. 

The pork facility has 18-hundred employees, who will all have to find new jobs. 

Animal rights activists from the Animal Alliance Network plan to hold a vigil outside that slaughterhouse on Wednesday June 15th.

 

Pig on a farm

Photo from Alpha Media Portland OR