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California had a law that would require downed livestock to be euthanized to keep their meat out of our food system.
When an animal comes to a slaughterhouse and can't walk, California would make sure they were euthanized, but now a federal court has ruled that California can't amend federal laws set by the Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
"[Federal law] precludes California's effort … to impose new rules, beyond any the FSIS has chosen to adopt, on what a slaughterhouse must do with a pig that becomes non-ambulatory during the production process."
A former assembly member from Californian said of the legislation:
"The Supreme Court's decision will deprive states of the ability to protect their citizens from sick and disabled animals being made a part of the food supply."
So California wants to immediately, humanely euthanize any downed animal. But the federal government says they need to be inspected by an authorized vet to see if they animal is just tired, overheated or stubborn, instead of diseased.
We think we like California's overturned law better. The animal is ensured a humane death through euthanasia rather than facing the terrifying slaughterhouse and possibly sending infected meat into the food supply.
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