October 13, 2022

Arguing California’s Proposition 12: An Expert Panel, with Jonathan Lovvorn


In 2018, California voters passed Proposition 12, a ballot initiative banning the intensive confinement of egg-laying chickens, mother pigs, and veal calves raised in California and prohibiting the sale of eggs, pork, and veal in California from facilities anywhere using those practices. After multiple unsuccessful attempts by meat and egg industry trade groups to challenge the law, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of Proposition 12 on October 11 (National Pork Producers Council v. Ross). The National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation argue that California is unconstitutionally regulating interstate commerce.

The Law, Ethics & Animals Program will host a distinguished panel to discuss the case and its potential impacts in the week following the oral arguments. This panel discussion, led by LEAP Faculty Co-Director and Senior Research Scholar 
Jonathan Lovvorn, will explore some of the far-reaching consequences of this case, not only for nonhuman animal welfare, but also for human health, labor rights, states’ power to regulate commerce within their borders, and beyond. Expert panelists will be announced in early September.

This event is co-sponsored by the Yale Animal Law Society, the Yale Environmental Law Association, and the Yale Sustainable Food Program.