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It appears the meat industry has won once again.WASHINGTON The Supreme Court on Monday unanimously struck down a California law that had sought to keep out of the food supply animals that are unable to walk. The justices said the state law conflicted with a federal one.
Justice Elena Kagan, writing for the court, said the Federal Meat Inspection Act, which regulates slaughterhouses, pre-empted the California law, which requires the immediate euthanasia of downer animals and bars their slaughter or sale.
The state law was enacted in response to undercover videos released in 2008 by the Humane Society of the United States. They showed, as Justice Kagan put it, workers at a slaughterhouse in California dragging, kicking and electroshocking sick and disabled cows in an effort to move them.