Calif. Alligator Product Ban Highlights State-Federal Conflict

Law360 (October 9, 2020, 4:44 PM EDT) -- The state of California and the federal government have a storied history of battling over the authority to regulate California's citizens and commerce. The state's ongoing dispute with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the sale of alligator products in California is a microcosm of that ongoing battle.

Since 1970, the California Legislature has attempted to ban the import and sale in the state of products made from exotic animals, including products made from alligators, crocodiles, polar bears, leopards, ocelots, tigers and kangaroos, under Section 653o of the California Penal Code.[1]

In 1979, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern...

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