Justices sharply question California slaughterhouse law

, The National Law Journal


Inhumane treatment of sick and injured livestock at the nation's slaughterhouses prompted California legislators to pass a criminal law in 2008 requiring that slaughterhouses immediately euthanize such animals. But the law was in jeopardy Wednesday, as the Supreme Court appeared to accept meat industry arguments that federal regulation of slaughterhouses trumps any state effort to dictate how "non-ambulatory," also known as "downer," animals should be handled.

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