SCOTUS Could (and Should) Strike Down California’s Animal-Rights Law

U.S. Supreme Court I agree to be heardThis article is available in English It is a significant challengeIt’s a terrible thing. RegressiveCalifornia’s animal rights law violates U.S. Constitution fairness and common sense. It was a challenge. FilledBy the largest nationCalifornia’s pork market may be affected by the loss of pork suppliers, including pork producers. Proposition 12California voters adopted the 2018 animal rights law,.

This case is fundamentally about Prop. 12.’s goals: California farmers who raise livestock for California consumers. However, I have DetailDue to California’s large population and its impact on the national food industry and regulation, it’s also about consumers and farmers in Iowa, South Dakota or North Carolina.

Like I ExplainedEarlier this year Proposition 12California voters approved the 2018 ballot measure. Many of the country’s most prominent animal rights groups supported the initiative. California law requires that all covered livestock that will sell meat and eggs in California be kept in large enough spaces that they can lie down, move around, and stretch their legs. The wings. Violators may be subject to fines or even jail time under this law. 

Prop. 12’s DefinitionThe article “In a cruel way” includes confining a veal calf in a space that’s less than 43 square feet; a breeding pig in a space less than 24 square feet, or  an egg-laying hen in a space that’s less than 144 square inches. Sellers of meat and other products made from these animals may be held liable in California under the law if they knowingly sell products—a pork chop, say—that don’t comply with the law. 

Although Prop. 12 will raise prices that California consumers pay for many animal products, its real impact is—as intended—being felt outside the state.

“Proposition 12 applies to all covered products that are sold in the State, regardless of origin. Farm raised animals within or California – Other than California,” a state Prop 12 Explainer Details (emphasis my). If her offspring are to be sold in California, they must be kept in conformity with Proposition 12.

That’s outrageous. Even more shocking is the fact that California imports almost all of its goods (99.87%Its pork is a good source of protein. Californians are known to consume about 15%The nation’s pork production is only about 4 percentCalifornia’s standards are being met by most pork producers in the country.

It almost seems as though Prop. It was almost as if Prop. The U.S. Constitution forbids the use of such laws.

The pork producers have it right. ArgumentProp. Proposition 12 is not constitutional because it caused “dramatic economic results outside of the state.”[s]Changes to the national farm industry [that]Infringe the dormant Commerce Clause.” I have complied with the dormant Commerce Clause. ExplainedThe law prohibits the states from adopting regulations and laws, such as Prop. 12.)

It is possible for the ruling to have an enormous impact.  Additional laws around the country—including California’s equally unconstitutional foie gras ban and a Massachusetts law that’s similar to Prop. 12. The first case was indeed listed by the Supreme Court of the Pork Producers  Petitionis an action challenging California’s foie gras ban. I know more than anyone else about the case. There have been columns, a Supreme Court and many other pieces. Amicus BriefIn support of foie gras producers. I presented this as counsel for record on behalf the Reason Foundation which published the website and the Cato Institute.

California’s ban on foie gras is an example of a law that prohibits the production and consumption of certain foods or crops. The law is not the only one. California’s recent laws also show a similar intent and effect. “I explained that other states are following California’s example and have adopted laws that similarly challenge the existence of the nation food economy.” I also wrote the amicus brief. If the Court permits states to ban interstate commerce with poultry products and animal products that have been properly labeled under federal law and are subject to inspection, laws from California and Massachusetts could eventually destroy our national food market.

I am a big fan of all types of food economies—local, state, regional, national, and international—and I think each plays a key role in making America’s food supply abundant, resilient, and responsive to consumer demands. Proposition 12 must be repealed by the Supreme Court if America is to keep a healthy national food industry.