North Carolina Farmed Animal Save, The Humane Society of the U.S., Mercy For Animals, Compassion Over Killing,The Center For Biological Diversity, Animal Equality, Farm Sanctuary, and the ALDF Animal Legal Defense Fund have all filed suit against the USDA.
They are challenging the United States Department of Agricultures decision to allow slaughterhouses to inspect themselves and run the slaughter lines as fast as they want.
Lewis & Clark Law School’s new Animal Law Litigation Clinic (ALLC) is representing the 8 organizations. The ALLC is the only law school clinic anywhere in the world dedicated to animal rights for “farm animals”.
The lawsuit invokes the Administrative Procedure Act, Federal Meat Inspection Act, Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, and National Environmental Policy Act to challenge the USDA’s new policy. It also challenges the removal of slaughterhouse line speed caps that without them workers and animals are in far more danger.
Further the lawsuit calls the government entity out for deciding to remove and relocate federal inspectors that were in place to monitor handling of animals and conditions although that was notably barely effective.
“These sensitive, intelligent animals are already largely overlooked by the law, and now the USDA has effectively written out the little protections Congress extended to them,” Delcianna Winders, ALLC assistant clinical professor and clinic director, said. “This illegal regulation is a total abdication of the USDA’s statutory responsibilities to millions of pigs and must be overturned.”