Supreme Court Sides with Livestock Concentration Camps Over State Law (of course they did)

By Activist Post

Once again the Supreme Court sides with corporate interests and federal law over state law in a recent case involving the livestock industry.  A California state law mandating the “humane treatment” of livestock sold for human consumption was overturned unanimously on Monday, as reported by CNN.

At issue was not how animals heading to the slaughterhouse should be treated, but rather who has the authority to determine such regulations.  The Court ruled that federal regulators have the jurisdiction, concluding that the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA), which regulates slaughterhouses, preempts any state law.

CNN reports, “That law (FMIA) expressly prohibits any state regulation ‘in addition to or different from’ the federal requirements.”  The Supreme Court also claimed that since the meat was being sold across state lines, and interstate commerce falls under federal jurisdiction, state laws are nullified.

The California Penal Code 599f. that was overturned was originally put in place because animal rights activists released a video exposing disturbing cruelty at concentration-camp style livestock operations that showed grotesquely ill cows being shocked, water hosed, and even bulldozed into slaughter pens because they were too weak to move.

Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society, credited with the undercover video that shocked state law makers into enacting Penal Code 599f, said, “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.”

Since state regulations are nullified, and federal regulators give leeway to such behavior and are backed by the courts, disease-infested, GMO-corn fed, antibiotic-riddled animals will continue to end up on dinner plates with little hope for changing the treatment and health of animals meant for food.

What’s worse, since many more undercover videos have surfaced showing animal cruelty and unsanitary living conditions for livestock, some states are proposing making it a felony to expose these conditions to the public. You could even be branded a terrorist for fighting animal cruelty.  Apparently the factory food lobby will continue to dominate and push for the ability to produce unhealthy, inhumane practices.

8 responses to “Supreme Court Sides with Livestock Concentration Camps Over State Law (of course they did)

  1. Yeah, another shocker. Is there no way to stop these people?

  2. If they had passed this, the resulting costs and added Capex investment required for CAFOs to meet the new standards would have been financially very disruptive. While I know many of us wouldn’t mind seeing that, it should ultimately come from consumer demand and competition, not top-down rulings.

    Just think of this as more marketing fodder for grass-fed beef.

  3. Meat companies, want you to eat meat, that’s where they obtain their profit. They are not spiritual, and have no concern or knowledge, of the price of karma. Nor do they really care about the environmen­t or fate of our planet. The facade that the company creates, looks pleasing and comfortabl­e. You walk into the butcher section in any supermarke­t, you don’t see the blood, the fear, the horror. What that animal experience­s in the moments before death, is indescriba­ble, most are not killed instantane­ously(not that it matters, as they should not be killed in the first place), but are only allowed a slow and excruciati­ng death. All you see is what is displayed in the freezer counter, so far away from the actual “inhuman horrific brutality”­.

    And what gives us the right to kill others who evolved and share this world with us. In my heart they are my brothers $ sisters, and it is our universal duty to preserve life. My soul screams when I hear them plead as best as they can for their lives to be spared, for only their words to fall on your deaf ears, to you they have no voice, to us they speak volume’s.

    How is it we know that they wish to live, for the same reason we all wish to live, to be, to exist. That is the driving force of life itself, to flourish, to enjoy the physical realm, this universe, for the brief moments we all have. The Milky Way takes 250 millions years to revolved once, how much time do we all have, and to rob others of that experience­­, how selfish ?

    Cattle and all live stock are born to hell in our world, yet we selectivel­­y choose, who to be humane to, like our pets we love so dearly, it’ a shame you cannot find it in your hearts to extend that love to other higher lifeforms. Ever meet a Cow, good folks, would never do you wrong.

    We speak for those, you cannot hear !

  4. Industrial farming companies like Cargill profess that they practise humane slaughter ? These two words are contradict­­ory at best, when used together: to slaughter, is not humane: to be humane, is not to slaughter.

    Industrial farming, besides being the most horrific practise known to man, which makes me ashamed for being apart of the human race at times, also contaminat­­es the soil with excessive animal waste and petrochemi­­cal by-product­­s(fertili­z­er’s, herbicides, pesticides­­, hormones and antibiotics­­) which in turn, pollute the soil, and the water ways, from rivers to lakes to oceans, disrupting the life forms that inhabit these environmen­­ts, causing mutations and extinction­­s along the way.

    In history this century will be known as the most barbaric/h­orrific and inhumane period of man, we kill man en-mass, and we in-slave animals for food and contaminat­e the environmen­t. And if meat eating caused our big brain, how is it that meat eater’s have not evolved, (and cling to their primitive practise of meat), as we have ? Many tyrants have did the same to man, and we call it barbaric/h­orrific and inhumane. But with animals it’s oh well, that’s just life, what a foolish statement, the beholders of death have no idea of what life is, blind by their own arrogance. Don’t hold it against vegans, that we have a compassion greater than yours, and most of you will never see, life as we do. We do not deliberate­ly kill anything !

  5. If people stopped eating so much meat, companies would stop the killing. I Love a good steak, however stopped eating it because of the way the animals are treated. The only way to stop this business is to hurt them where it counts. Money…that’s all tthey care about.

  6. The bottom line is compassion. I can’t believe that we have such uncaring and unfeeling judges. These are the same people who said that “Crush
    videos” are freedom of speech. Thank God, Congress did not agree. These are the same judges who said that corporations are people and so these “people” can make decisions with their money on who we should vote for. I can’t believe that at one time -as a Catholic I thought Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito would be good judges. I now think much differently. We need people of compassion and these clearly are not.

  7. May all that have life be delivered from suffering. – Buddha

    See yourself in Others – Buddha

    “Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds theirs. We live by the death of others: we are burial places! I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look on the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.” – Leonardo da Vinci

    A man can be healthy without killing animals for food: therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. – Leo Tolstoy

    I care not much for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it. – Abraham Lincoln

    “A human being is a part of a whole, called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” – Albert Einstein

    Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for the survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet. – Albert Einstein

    Animals are my friends… and I don’t eat my friends. – George Bernard Shaw

    “Be the change you want to see in the world.” There are many problems in the world we can’t change, but with every meal, we have the power to create lasting positive change. – Mahatma Gandhi

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” –Ghandi.

    “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punisments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way”. – Martin Luther King Jr.(Many people don’t realize that his wife, Correta Scott King and their son, Dexter Scott King are both vegan).

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