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.
Missouri legislators passed a law that will prohibit “misrepresenting” any product as “meat” if it does not come from a slaughtered animal, In a brazen attempt to stifle the growing grocery category of plant-based meat.August 27, 2018 Press Release
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