California to Allow Slaughter of Downer Pigs

From the Fresno Bee:

Pigs that can’t stand up on their own may still be butchered and their meat sold for human consumption despite a state law designed to prevent that, a federal judge ruled Thursday in Fresno.

The law, which took effect Jan. 1, made it illegal for anyone to butcher and sell animals too sick to stand. But slaughterhouses argued that the law was too broad and caused meat from healthy animals to go to waste.

The meat industry argues, with a straight face, that some of these pigs aren’t really sick — they’re just tired from their trip to the slaughterhouse and don’t feel like standing up.

This is a great article when it comes to illustrating how the meat industry will do or say anything in order to increase its profits. Link.