The fate of a foot-nibbling little fish might be the subject of a U.S. Supreme Court case.
Last week, the Arizona Supreme Court refused to consider a spa owner's appeal to overturn the state's ban on so-called fish pedicures - so now she wants to take her case to the highest court in the country.
Tapping into a foot care trend made popular in Asia, some nail salons in the United States in recent years began offering "pedicures" performed by a species of fish known as Garra rufa. The treatment involves loading the tiny toothless fish into tubs by the dozen to nibble on the flaky feet of paying customers, ranging from between $30 to $95 per session.
As of 2012, ten states have prohibited salons from making fish perform pedicures, but not everyone is so happy that Garra rufa have been given a reprieve from feet. Since 2009, Gilbert, Az. spa owner Cindy Vong has been embroiled in a legal battle to overturn the ban put in place by the Arizona Board of Cosmetology, arguing that concerns over health risks are unwarranted.(Wikipedia)