Photo courtesy of wikimedia user MorriswaWell, it's official. The Supreme Court looked like it was going to side with the meat industry during a November hearing, and today it has confirmed its decision to overturn California's ban on slaughtering downed livestock too sick or weak to stand on their own.
This is very sad news for food integrity advocates everywhere, however unsurprising.
The Associated Press writes:
California strengthened regulations against slaughtering so-called "downer" animals after the 2008 release of an undercover Humane Society of the United States video showing workers abusing cows at a Southern California slaughterhouse. Under California law, the ban on buying, selling and slaughtering of downer cattle also extends to pigs, sheep and goats.
But pork producers sued to stop the law, saying the new law interfered with federal laws that require inspections of downed livestock before determining whether they can be used for meat.