Harvard Report Analyzes Potential Impact of Supreme Court’s Prop 12 Case

The Brooks McCormick Jr. Animal Law & Policy Program at Harvard Law School released a comprehensive report, “Potential Reverberations of Pork Producers’ Commerce Clause Challenge Before the Supreme Court” revealing the potential wide-ranging impacts of a case the United States Supreme Court will hear in its coming term, National Pork Producers Council v. Ross. The case concerns pork producers’ challenge under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution to California’s Proposition 12, the 2018 law that requires that certain meat products and eggs sold in the state meet minimum humane, health, and safety standards. As the report authored by Research Fellow Kelsey Rinehart Eberly explains, the Supreme Court’s consideration of the case not only presents a serious threat to animal protection laws nationwide, but also carries implications for the ability of states, counties, and cities to enact public health, consumer protection, and environmental measures.