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Sad News: Supreme Court Overturned California Law Mandating Humane Treatment of Downed Farmed Animals

A California state law mandating "humane treatment" of downed livestock headed for the slaughterhouse -- that became effective in 2009, following shocking undercover video released by the Humane Society -- was unanimously overturned Monday by the Supreme Court.

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," said Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States.

The fact is, Congress and the USDA have been in the grip of the agribusiness lobby for decades, and that's why our federal animal handling and food safety laws are so anemic. California tried to protect its citizens and the animals at slaughterhouses from acute and extreme abuses, but its effort was cannibalized by the federal government.

To read the full article please visit Livestock Industry Wins Supreme Court Appeal :
http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/23/us/scotus-livestock/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Although not entirely surprising, the Supreme Court decision comes as a shock to those of us who still held hope in regards to the treatment of downed animals. Very sadly, this decision leaves these poor animals once again at the mercy, or abuse, of the animal agriculture industry, which would apply any kind of torturous techniques to God's farmed animals in order to get them moving for profit.

I believe this is an example of why consumers have the power to effectively protect God's farmed animals without having to expect government officials, or even worse the animal agriculture industry, to show consideration to farmed animals. All the consumer has to do is to stop supporting the meat, egg and dairy industries. It's only then when the abuse to farmed animals could finally come to an end.

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