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The Law of Animals in Agriculture



2018 Summer - Term 1

About This Class

State-based welfare standards for CAFO animals are on a collision course with the federal government’s expanding control of food and agriculture production. California and Massachusetts sales restrictions on non-conforming eggs and meats are poised to transform U.S. food law and animal law, whether or not they survive challenges from industrial agriculture.  This course explores recent and pending litigation involving constitutional doctrines of federalism, the “dormant” Commerce Clause, and free speech, and considers the efficacy of market-based programs like third-party “humane” certification. No prior legal study required.

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