Livestock industry lobbying, American style

Pork council spokesman says incoming 
president might have been talking turkey

Two people in one week were arrested for packing heat at a Washington congressional building.

The incoming president of the National Pork Producers Council in the U.S. was arrested July 23 when officers at a congressional office building found a loaded 9-mm Ruger handgun in his bag, the Washington Post reports.

Ronald William Prestage, 59, who lives in Camden, S.C., was charged with carrying a handgun outside a home or office. He is president of Prestage Farms in South Carolina, which produces hogs and turkey at several locations in the U.S.

Prestage is scheduled to take over as president of the NPPC next March. An NPPC spokesman said the meeting that Prestage was attending at the building did not involve the pork group, but added that he also does lobbying work for the National Turkey Federation.

It was the second time in five days that police said they caught someone with a loaded gun at the building. On July 18, the press secretary for a Pennsylvania Republican was charged with a gun offence. His attorney said he forgot he had the weapon in a bag.

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