24 Jan '12, 5am

Supreme Court Overturns CA Ban On Slaughtering Downed Animals | Care2 Causes

Supreme Court Overturns CA Ban On Slaughtering Downed Animals | Care2 Causes

Animals raised for food suffered a setback on Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a California law that mandated slaughterhouses humanely and immediately end the suffering of livestock that arrive at facilities too sick or injured to stand on their own feet. The unanimous vote was a victory for the National Meat Association, the group that challenged the law. While several individual Justices noted the “good intentions” behind the California law to protect “downed animals”, as a group they decided the regulation violated a federal meat-safety law. Slaughterhouses fall under the Federal Meat Inspection Act, legislation that prohibits states from regulating any measure that makes an “addition to or is different from” the federal requirements. California enacted their law in 2009 after the Humane Society of the United States released a video of downed cows being tor...

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