EPPC Fellow Carter Snead Co-Authors Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Animal Cruelty Case


August 15, 2022


On August 15, 2022, EPPC Fellow Carter Snead, along with social commentator Mary Eberstadt and Carter Scully of National Review, filed an amicus curaie brief sent to the Supreme Court in the case of National Pork Producers Council v. Ross. This case narrowly weighs the permissibility of constrictive “gestation crates” on industrial pig farms and more broadly considers whether the restriction of such practices through ballot measures like Proposition 12 in California imposes an undue burden on producers.

The brief filed by Snead, Eberstadt, and Scully argues that a basic respect and decency toward animals is consistent with the deep tradition of Western thought. Further, this legitimate moral interest can be articulated by legislation like Proposition 12. Thus, the Proposition does not unduly restrict industry practices and the market at large.

Read the entire brief here. See also Carter Scully’s accessible write-up on the case at National Review.

Carter Snead, a Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is an internationally recognized expert in the field of law and bioethics. His research explores issues relating to neuroethics, enhancement, human embryo research, assisted reproduction, abortion, and end-of-life decision-making.


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