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High Court Overturns Calif. Slaughterhouse Law

The Supreme Court has blocked a California law that would require euthanizing downed livestock at federally inspected slaughterhouses to keep the meat out of the nation's food system.

The high court on Monday agreed that the state's 2009 state law should be blocked from going into effect.

California barred the purchase, sale and butchering of animals that can't walk and required slaughterhouses to immediately kill non-ambulatory animals. But justices said unanimously that the law encroached on federal laws that don't require immediate euthanizing.

California strengthened regulations against slaughtering so-called "downer" animals after the 2008 release of an undercover Humane Society video showing workers abusing cows at a Southern California slaughterhouse. Under California law, the ban on buying, selling and slaughter of "downer" cattle also extends to pigs, sheep and goats.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | January 23, 2012 at 5:39 p.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

I thought activist judges like the right-wing dopes Thomas, Scalia, Roberts, and Alito believed in State's rights.

Oh, that's right, these ultra-right fascists only care about State's Rights when it's *convenient* for their agenda and who they are in bed with (would love to know their ties to the cattle industry).

And it says unanimous, so I must say I'm also disappointed with the usually rational Sotomayor, Kagan, and Gunsburg.

Here's a message to all of them: don't tell our state what to do with our meat!

I bet Scalia can de-bone a cow at one sitting!

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Peking_Duck_SD | January 23, 2012 at 5:40 p.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

That should read "Ginsburg" above

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CaliforniaDefender | January 24, 2012 at 10:19 a.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

Very sad news for the people and animals of California delivered from afar by the imperious Supreme Court.

It is further evidence of the increasingly oppressive US government that with each passing year more closely resembles the British Empire of 1776.

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