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Agricultural Animals and Agricultural Law: The Full Symposium

The New Jersey Supreme Court will consider this term whether regulations promulgated pursuant to a law mandating humane treatment of farm animals go far enough. The regulations reportedly do not prohibit castrating male piglets without anesthesia, removing chicken beaks and turkey claws without painkillers, or confining veal calves and pregnant sows in cages small enough to restrict turning around. As this ongoing debate shows, the extent to which animal protection laws should apply to the agricultural industry remains in dispute. In addition to considering the merits of factory farming and animal protection, the symposium poses the larger question: Should laws criminalizing animal abuse apply to animals raised for food?

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