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Potential Class Actions Against Fairlife Farms for Fraudulent Animal Welfare Representations

The Chicago Tribune recently reported that lawsuits seeking class action certification for consumers who were misled by Fairlife’s marketing regarding its treatment of cows used to produce dairy gathered in federal court in front of U.S. District Judge Robert Dow Jr. in Chicago. This follows an October order by the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordering the transfer of all such cases to the Northern District of Illinois.

Article Explores CAFO Regulations

A new article, adapted from a chapter of the forthcoming second edition of the book What Can Animal Law Learn From Environmental Law?, provides suggestions for improving market imbalances between CAFOs and smaller operations and offers suggestions for modifying animal welfare and environmental laws.

HSUS Sues USDA Over Risk of Pandemics

The Humane Society of the United States has filed suit against the United States Department of Agriculture, alleging that the agency’s failure to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act and Administrative Procedure Act with regard to its methods of controlling animal-borne diseases puts the American population at risk.

Animal Justice Files Complaint Alleging False Advertising by Duck Farming Company

Canadian organization Animal Justice has filed a complaint with the Competition Bureau of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, alleging that King Cole Ducks’ advertisement of its products as humane is misleading. The complaint follows a live rescue effort conducted at the company in February.

New York Considers Shutting Down Live Animal Markets

New York Assembly Bill A10399 and Senate Bill S8291 propose to indefinitely ban the operation of markets that sell freshly slaughtered animals, sometimes referred to as wet markets. The legislation also proposes the formation of a task force to address public health and animal welfare concerns of slaughterhouses.

Ninth Circuit Upholds California Prop 12

A three judge Ninth Circuit panel has upheld California’s Proposition 12, which requires meat producers who wish to sell their products in California to abide by the state’s standards of production.

New Jersey Legislation Would Limit Confinement of Pregnant Pigs

New Jersey Assembly Bill 1971 would make confining a pregnant pig in a way that does not allow her to turn around, lie down, stand up, or fully confine her legs a disorderly persons offense, punishable by $250-$1000 in fines and up to six months imprisonment, or both. The legislation includes many exemptions, including the use of farrowing crates, use during medical research, use during transportation, use during exhibition (including 4-H), confinement for “no more than eight hours in any 24-hour period,” and “proper care of the gestating sow during the 10-day period prior to the expected date of the gestating sow giving birth.”

“Underestimates of Methane from Intensively Raised Animals Could Undermine Goals of Sustainable Development”

A new review by Matthew Hayek and Scot Miller published in Environmental Research Letters suggests that the United States may be understating methane emissions from meat and dairy operations, undermining goals of sustainable development.

North Carolina to Establish Permit Scheme for Manure Digester Systems

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has signed into law Senate Bill 605 which directs the state Environmental Management Commission to develop “a general permit for animal operations that includes authorization for the permittee to construct and operate a farm digester system.” The law will also allow preexisting swine farms to construct or renovate farm digester systems if doing so meets several requirements related to capacity and location. The law additionally addresses the formation of voluntary agricultural districts containing animal agriculture facilities to reduce nuisance liability and the scope of local agricultural advisory boards.

Nevada Bans Extreme Confinement of Egg-Laying Hens and Sale or Transport of Non-Complying Eggs

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed into law Assembly Bill 399 which will prohibit the knowing confinement of a hen used to produce eggs in an enclosure which has less than one square foot of usable floor space per egg-laying hen on or after July 1, 2022. The law will also prohibit knowingly confining a hen in a cage-free housing system that has “less than one square foot of usable floor space per egg-playing hen if the cage-free housing system provides egg-laying hens with unrestricted access to elevated flat platforms, including, without limitation, unrestricted access in a multi-tiered aviary or partially slatted system” or one that has less than “one and one-half square feet of usable floor space per egg-laying hen if the cage-free housing system does not provide unrestricted access to elevated flat platforms, including, without limitation, unrestricted access in a single-level, all-litter floor system” on or after January 1, 2024. The law additionally will prohibit “farm owners or operators” from selling or transporting eggs or egg products without having been issued a certificate by the state Department of Agriculture that those products were produced by an egg-laying hen who was confined in a manner that complies with the law’s requirements.