Animals that are brought to slaughter that are to sick to walk or even stand are called downers. In 2008 California passed a law requiring all downers to be immediately euthanized. The law prevented slaughter house workers from beating, shocking, and dragging downed animals to get them to the kill floor.
The National Meat Association contends this law is unconstitutional because of the profits they are forced to lose if they cannot sell downed animals. That statement in itself leads you to believe there are a great many of downers across the county awaiting slaughter. The National Meat Association believes that the weaker federal law should govern the policy and not the individual states. They believe that there’s a better chance of influencing one group then to have to work with 50.
A case like this illustrates that the voice of the people can be heard over that of the large greedy corporations. Let’s hope the Supreme Court upholds the ban.
Photo credit: Farm Sanctuary