Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Supreme Court Sides with Livestock Concentration Camps Over State Law

Humane Society image of sick cattle being moved
to slaughter for school lunch programs,
Activist Post

Once again the Supreme Court sides with corporate interests and federal law over state law in a recent case involving the livestock industry.  A California state law mandating the "humane treatment" of livestock sold for human consumption was overturned unanimously on Monday, as reported by CNN.

At issue was not how animals heading to the slaughterhouse should be treated, but rather who has the authority to determine such regulations.  The Court ruled that federal regulators have the jurisdiction, concluding that the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA), which regulates slaughterhouses, preempts any state law.

CNN reports, "That law (FMIA) expressly prohibits any state regulation 'in addition to or different from' the federal requirements."  The Supreme Court also claimed that since the meat was being sold across state lines, and interstate commerce falls under federal jurisdiction, state laws are nullified.


The California Penal Code 599f. that was overturned was originally put in place because animal rights activists released a video exposing disturbing cruelty at concentration-camp style livestock operations that showed grotesquely ill cows being shocked, water hosed, and even bulldozed into slaughter pens because they were too weak to move.



Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society, credited with the undercover video that shocked state law makers into enacting Penal Code 599f, said, "This is a deeply troubling decision, preventing a wide range of actions by the states to protect animals and consumers from reckless practices by the meat industry, including the mishandling and slaughter of animals too sick or injured to walk."

Since state regulations are nullified, and federal regulators give leeway to such behavior and are backed by the courts, disease-infested, GMO-corn fed, antibiotic-riddled animals will continue to end up on dinner plates with little hope for changing the treatment and health of animals meant for food.

What's worse, since many more undercover videos have surfaced showing animal cruelty and unsanitary living conditions for livestock, some states are proposing making it a felony to expose these conditions to the public. You could even be branded a terrorist for fighting animal cruelty.  Apparently the factory food lobby will continue to dominate and push for the ability to produce unhealthy, inhumane practices.


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5 comments:

Christine Erikson (aka Justina) said...

okay, so get a federal law in place about this.

egavacs said...

..........so you can arrest, try, fine and imprison a poor retiree for feeding and housing a lost pet, but can't afford vetranary care.
Why not call in the Military to those Industrial offenders, and not call it police-state tactics?

Anonymous said...

IF YOU QUIT EATING BEEF LIKE WE DID BECAUSE OF ALL THE KRAP THEY SHOOT THEM UP WITH THAT HARMS HUMANS THE BUTCHERS WILL CHANGE THEIR WAYS. OR BUY A CALF FROM A SMALL FARMER AND HAVE IT BUTCHERED YOURSELF. SPLIT IT WITH A NEIGHBOR OR TWO IF YOU NEED TO. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BUY THEIR MEAT.

Anonymous said...

what did we expect from this crowd they are bought and paid for the wizards behind the curtain. They would sale their own mom if the feds, intrests were at stake.They should be impeached also with all the nazis operating behind the scene. Anyone Heard of the site of the republic for the united states.com we can do something about this run away wreck america crew. We can and will restore the bill of rights and the conitution too.Ussing the real law not this keystone cop version of judges we now have.

Anonymous said...

And how many of these "sick cattle" are infected with mad cow disease? Before you laugh, remember that prions often survive even medical-waste level incinerations, so cooking the infected animal parts does nothing to protect you. It is no accident that the Europeans, and now even Mexico refuses to import American beef products. Animal prions can infect humans and apparently take decades to destroy enough brain tissue to cause medical investigation of symptoms.....not that there is any treatment for prion disease anyway.

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