A coalition of activists is again using the courts to get rid of New Jersey’s standards of humane farm animal care. The activists claim the guidelines protect producers more than animals, and set a precedent that will be followed by other states.

Three years ago, New Jersey developed the first farm animal care guideline of its kind. Animal scientists and veterinarians endorse it. It was designed to protect producers from harassment from animal activists over practices that do not harm animals.

A lower court upheld the standards in February, but the case is headed to the New Jersey Supreme Court.

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Associated Press