Written by PETA
Just how greedy are
The National Meat
is challenging a California law that requires the euthanasia of pigs who are
too weak or sick to stand when they arrive at slaughterhouses.
A lawyer representing the NMA noted that this means that many slaughterhouses
would have to euthanize up to 300 pigs every single day—a "financial impact"
that the pork industry apparently is not willing to take lying down.
The U.S. Supreme Court
will consider the case next week
in order to decide whether states have the authority to implement laws like
this one governing slaughterhouses. If the justices rule in favor of
California, the case could set a precedent that would encourage more states to
enact broader animal welfare laws for pigs
and other animals.
the meat industry need to be required by law to do the right thing? You bet it
does. Downed animals are often dragged, prodded, or bulldozed into the
slaughterhouse. PETA's investigations at pig factory farms have shown that workers
beat, kick, and bludgeon sick or injured animals with gate rods and hammers and
slam them against concrete floors. A PETA undercover investigator at a Hormel
supplier's pig-breeding factory farm in Iowa saw a supervisor kick an injured
pig as she dragged herself out of a crate and a worker laugh as the supervisor
shot her in the head with a captive-bolt gun.
Don't wait for the
courts to do the right thing. Rule in animals' favor today by adopting a
healthy vegan diet
and encouraging everyone you know to do the same.
by Heather Faraid Drennan
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