Pending Federal Actions
Bill Introduced to Allow Non-Animal Drug Tests
H.R. 8736 proposes to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to allow the sponsor of a drug to use a non-animal test as an alternative to an animal test for the purposes of demonstrating the safety and effectiveness of a drug if such approach satisfies the requirements of the applicable statutes and regulations.
House Passes Big Cat Public Safety Act
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Big Cat Public Safety Act, a bill that would ban private ownership of big cats like lions and tigers.
Bill Would Prohibit Interstate Shipment of Steel-Jaw Leghold and Conibear Traps
H.R. 8828, the Public Safety and Wildlife Protection Act, proposes a ban on the interstate shipment of steel-jaw leghold and Conibear traps in order to protect wildlife, companion animals, and people.
Pending State Actions
New York Considers Requiring Egg Producers to Go Cage Free
New York Assembly Bill 11041 would require that eggs sold for human consumption in the state (even if produced out of state) be produced using only cage-free housing systems.
Texas Bill Would Restrict Labeling of Cellular Agriculture
Texas House Bill 316 would ban labeling or advertising any products that are plant-based or produced by cellular agriculture as “meat,” “beef,” “chicken,” “pork,” or other common variations.
Missouri Considers Protecting Animal Enterprises from Local Laws
Missouri Senate Bill 159 would prohibit any jurisdiction from enacting any law that terminates, bans, or effectively bans by creating undue financial hardship the use of “working animals,” defined to include animals used for entertainment, transportation, or exhibition.
Case Law Updates
Federal Case Law Updates
GFI and ALDF Challenge Louisiana Labeling Law
The Good Food Institute and the Animal Legal Defense Fund have filed suit under the First Amendment challenging a Louisiana law that imposes fines for alternative protein products labels with terms usually associated with meat, such as “burger” or “sausage.”
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.
Groups Intend to Sue Over Gray Wolf Delisting
Earthjustice, on behalf of Defenders of Wildlife, Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club, Oregon Wild, National Parks Conservation Association, and The Humane Society of the United States, has given notice that the groups intend to file suit under the Endangered Species Act, challenging the Fish and Wildlife Service’s removal of the Gray Wolf from the list of species protected under the Act.
Fourth Circuit Affirms Smithfield Nuisance Liability
Federal Prosecutors Say ‘Tiger King’ Zoo Violates Endangered Species Act
The U.S. Department of Justice has filed suit against Jeffrey Lowe, Lauren Lowe, Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, LLC, and Tiger King, LLC for violating the Endangered Species Act by subjecting animals—including lion and tiger hybrids—to substandard care and treatment. The suit also alleges violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
Justice Department Endorses Lawsuit Challenging Prop 12
The United States Justice Department has filed an amicus brief in a case challenging California’s Proposition 12, arguing that the measure regulates extraterritorially, in violation of the Commerce Clause.
FDA Seeks Input on Cultured Seafood Products
The Food and Drug Administration is seeking input on the labeling of food containing cultured seafood cells. The agency is accepting comments until March 8, 2021.
FWS Removes Gray Wolf from Endangered Species Protections
The Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized a rule removing the gray wolf from the species protected by the Endangered Species Act. The rule takes effect January 4, 2020.
FDA Approves Use of Genetically Modified Pigs for Food Use
The Food and Drug Administration has approved an intentional genomic alteration in domesticated pigs to be used for human consumption.
Meat Labeling Case Study Suggests Other Measures Needed
A new article, “Can Labelling Create Transformative Food System Change for Human and Planetary health? A Case Study of Meat” by Christine Parker, Rachel Carey, Fiona Haines, and Hope Johnson concludes that labeling is a generally ineffective way to transform the food system and that regulatory governance is required.