Terrible News. US Supreme Court Strikes Down California "Downer Cow" Law
JANUARY 24, 2012
A state law mandating "humane treatment" of downed livestock headed for the slaughterhouse was unanimously overturned Monday by the Supreme Court. At issue was whether federal regulations dealing with inspection of domesticated animals about to be killed, processed, and sold for human consumption preempted -- or nullified -- California Penal Code 599f. Clearly a win for the damn livestock industry. It was a question of federal vs. state authority. Sucks.