On November 9, 2011, who said, "California Should Butt Out!"
was Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
After graphic animal abuse
undercover movies were shown on national television, California changed its
law to insure that animals unable to walk under their own power into
slaughterhouses could not be used for human consumption.
producers sued, claiming that existing federal law does not specifically
prohibit the kicking of such animals, or the sticking of pitchforks into
creatures unwilling to walk to slaughter, or the dragging of such pained
creatures by tractor. The state of California passed a law to make animal
slaughter more compassionate, and the meat industry doth protested. The case
has now reached the Supreme Court.
During oral arguments, Justice
Scalia's comment revealed his personal bias. According to news reports, not
one justice made a comment favorable to the new compassionate animal
slaughter law despite watching the painful abuse videos. The legal claim is
that federal statutes should not be subordinated to federal law.
meat industry will probably win this case on legal grounds, and the Supreme
Court will rule against compassion for animals, based upon strict
interpretations of law based upon precedent and not based upon the actual
merits of this case.
Somewhere, there is a universal supreme court
much higher in standing than America's Supreme Court, and hopefully, supreme
justice and supreme compassion will one day rule.