Constitutional Law

Nation's top court OKs state ban on pedicures by foot-nibbling fish

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Arizona appellate courts said a state agency acted within its constitutional powers by prohibiting pedicures by foot-nibbling fish and the nation’s top court apparently agrees.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused without comment to hear an appeal by Phoenix area spa operator Cindy Vong over the pedicure prohibition, reports Reuters.

The state Board of Cosmetology considered the fish an exfoliation tool that couldn’t properly be sanitized between use on different customers.

Acting on Vong’s behalf, the Goldwater Institute argued a lack of jurisdiction and violation of her due-process and equal-protection rights.

Related coverage: “Arizona Appeals Court to Hear Arguments on Spa’s Right to Use Foot-Nibbling Fish”

Associated Press: “Arizona court upholds ruling on Gilbert fish pedicures”

See also: “Newly Unemployed: Thousands of Texas Fish Used in Banned Pedicure Practice” “Woman sues nail salon, says pedicure resulted in leg amputation”

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