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The Commerce Clause Challenge Before the Supreme Court: Impact on Animal Law


Date Aired: Monday, November 14, 2022
Runtime: 1:00h

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Impact on Animal Protection, Public Safety and the Environment

The Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in a constitutional challenge to California's Proposition 12, a law prohibiting the in-state production and sale of certain animal products derived from cruel confinement. The case is virtually certain to have ramifications for the similar Massachusetts Question 3 from 2016, but its potential impacts extend beyond animal protection and reach a significant number of public health, safety and environmental measures, too.

Please join the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Animal Law Practice Group and speaker Kelsey Rinehart Eberly for a discussion of the case and its implications. This program will include a brief background on this ballot measure impacting farmed animals, an explanation of the pork industry's challenge under the dormant Commerce Clause, and a discussion of the potential impact of the court's decision. We will also explore observations and reactions to the oral arguments held on Oct. 11.

Eberly is a clinical lecturer and Abrams fellow at the Media Freedom & Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School. Previously, she was a legislative policy fellow at the Brooks McCormick Jr. Animal Law and Policy Program at Harvard Law School, where she authored a report on the potential impacts of the legal challenge to Proposition 12.

This webinar was hosted using Zoom.  


Kara Holmquist, Esq., Program Co-chair
MSPCA, Jamaica Plain
Allison Blanck, Esq., Program Co-chair
Animal Rescue League of Boston, Dedham
Kelsey Rinehart Eberly, Esq., Panelist
Clinical Lecturer and Abrams Fellow, Yale Law School

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