This Note seeks to explore the validity of regulations proposed by the Commission to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease (“CWD”) – a fatal neurodegenerative disease – in cervids, such as white-tailed deer. Part II discusses the facts and circumstances surrounding the Missouri Supreme Court’s decision in Hill v. Missouri Department of Conservation. Part III dissects the delicate balance between private property interests and government interests, the scope of the Commission’s regulatory authority, as well as the driving forces behind the “right-to-farm” amendment to the Missouri Constitution. Part IV unpacks the court’s reasoning in Hill before concluding with a discussion on the implications of the court’s holdings on private property rights, the regulatory authority of the Commission, and the interpretation of the right-to-farm amendment.
Endangering Missouri’s Captive Cervid Industry,
84 Mo. L. Rev.
Available at: https://scholarship.law.missouri.edu/mlr/vol84/iss2/11