The U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision, announced yesterday in National Meat Association vs Harris, offered yet another opportunity for activists to scare and confuse consumers with propaganda.
The High Court struck down California Penal Code 599f because, Justice Elena Kagan said, The Federal Meat Inspection Act already covers the issues that the state was attempting to regulate.
“The Federal Meat Inspection Act regulates slaughterhouses’ handling and treatment of non-ambulatory pigs from the moment of their delivery through the end of the meat production process,” wrote Kagan. “California’s (law) endeavors to regulate the same thing, at the same time, in the same place — except by imposing different requirements. The FMIA expressly preempts such a state law.”
National Meat Association CEO Barry Carpenter said, “We couldn’t be more pleased that the Supreme Court not only found in favor of our very clear and reasonable arguments, but that they did so unanimously.”