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RSHC’s Bruce Wagman Delivers Appellate Win for Farm Animals

On July 29, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court's finding that a California law that bans the sale of pork from sows kept in confined housing doesn't unconstitutionally regulate out-of-state conduct. 
In affirming the dismissal of the commerce clause challenge brought by the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Pork Producers Council, the unanimous published decision says that California's Proposition 12 constitutionally prohibits the sale of unsafe and cruel products in the state. The court rejected the pork industry’s argument that the 2018 law interferes with the interstate market by forcing out-of-state producers to comply with California animal-raising standards in order to sell their products in the state.

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