Earlier this week, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) agreed to hear a case challenging a set of California restrictions on animal housing. Approved by voters in 2018, Proposition 12 banned the production or sale in California of pork and other animals raised using conventional animal husbandry methods. Currently, 96 percent of the pork produced in the U.S. would not comply with the California law. The law, which was to become effective on January 1, 2022 forbids restaurants, grocery stores and other retailers from selling products that do not meet Proposition 12 standards, even when the animals are raised outside of California. Industry claims center on California illegally restricting interstate commerce without having a health or safety justification. A separate lawsuit was filed Not to be outdone, Massachusetts also has a new animal welfare law that is took effect in January, but the pork provisions of that law have been delayed until August 15, 2022. Consequently, much is riding on the SCOTUS decision.