High Court Frowns On Calif.'s Defense In Slaughter Case

Law360, New York (November 9, 2011, 6:43 PM EST) -- U.S. Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism of California's arguments defending a state law banning the slaughter and inhumane handling of sick and disabled farm animals, indicating in oral arguments Wednesday that at least some of the law is preempted by federal slaughterhouse regulations.

The case, National Meat Association v. Harris, is on appeal from the Ninth Circuit. The National Meat Association, a trade association representing pork packers and processors, claims the the California law is preempted by the Federal Meat Inspection Act.

California Deputy Attorney General...
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