Challenging Missouri’s “Meat” Law
Turtle Island Foods v Richardson
In 2018, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a federal lawsuit challenging a Missouri law that prevents plant-based meat and cultured meat producers from using “meat” terminology because their products do not come from a slaughtered animal.
Motion for Summary Judgement
In 2018, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a federal lawsuit challenging a Missouri law that that prevents plant-based meat and cultured meat producers from using “meat” terminology because their products do not come from a slaughtered animal
Missouri legislators passed this law in 2018, in a brazen attempt to stifle the growing demand for plant-based meat — and the coming market introduction of meat grown directly from cells without the need for raising and slaughtering animals, sometimes called cultured meat. The law went into effect on Aug. 28, 2018.
The lawsuit was brought by the Animal Legal Defense Fund in coalition with the ACLU of Missouri, the Good Food Institute, and plant-based meat producer Tofurky. Our lawsuit argues that the law violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment, the Dormant Commerce Clause, and the Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Coalition challenges constitutionality of recent Missouri legislative restrictions on products that use the term “meat” on their labelsAugust 27, 2018 Press Release
Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Provisions of Idaho’s Ag-Gag Law in Precedent-Setting Victory for Animals, Workers, Free SpeechThis victory for free speech comes in a lawsuit filed in 2014 by a coalition of public interest groups and journalists led by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.January 4, 2018 Press Release
The Animal Legal Defense Fund and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are pleased to announce that their successful lawsuit against Utah’s Ag-Gag law will not be appealed.September 7, 2017 Press Release