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Monday, Jan 23, 2012

Krekorian, Humane Farming Association Issue Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Strike Down California Law


LOS ANGELES – The Supreme Court of the United States today struck down a California law written by then-Assemblymember Paul Krekorian that banned the introduction of sick or downed cows into the state’s food supply.

“I wrote the Safe Food Law (AB 2098) after horrific evidence surfaced about the abuse of ‘downer’ cows in one of the nation’s largest slaughterhouses,” Councilmember Paul Krekorian said. “Meat from those abused cows, some too sick to even stand up, were served on lunch counters and in markets throughout California, leading to the largest beef recall in U.S. history. My legislation guaranteed the strongest protection of meat safety and animal welfare anywhere in America.

“The Supreme Court’s action to strike down California’s law deprives all states of the ability to protect their citizens from meat unfit to be served. Shockingly, by the Supreme Court’s own calculation, as many as 1 million sick pigs could now be slaughtered for food. I think that most Americans would agree that any animal too sick to walk, is too sick to be eaten.

“The federal government now clearly bears the burden to enact stricter regulations to fully protect our citizens and to protect farm animals from inhumane treatment prior to slaughter. I will be calling upon President Obama to now lead the way in protecting animals, people and our food supply."

Bradley Miller, national director of the Humane Farming Association, said that while there is disappointment, there is also room for optimism:

"While we are disappointed that the Court has exempted slaughterhouses, we are pleased that the rest of the law remains intact – and is still the strongest in the nation,” Miller said. “ It is still illegal in California for any entity other than a slaughterhouse, to buy, sell, receive, or transport a non-ambulatory animals, including cattle, pigs, goats, and sheep."

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