Meat groups win round in food safety case
Pigs unable to stand can be slaughtered for human consumption, Fresno federal judge rules.
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009
By John Ellis / 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.
At issue was whether the state law could take precedence over a 102-year-old federal law also designed to protect food safety. U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill ruled that it couldn't.
In his 21-page ruling, O'Neill stopped the state from enforcing the law against swine slaughterhouses. Read More
This law that HSUS pushed for did nothing except waste resources. It did nothing to improve food safety. Thankfully Judge O’Neill was able to use common sense and realize that a tired pig doesn’t pose a food safety threat. The worst part was that HSUS made the sacrifice of the animal worthless. But then again, HSUS has never showed a lot of compassion towards animals, only making money.