PETA sues state over poul­try law

Los Angeles Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

An an­i­mal- rights group is su­ing Cal­i­for­nia, charg­ing that the state fails to en­force hu­mane slaugh­ter laws in poul­try plants.

The PETA Foun­da­tion says the Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Food and Agri­cul­ture wrongly de­fers to fed­eral meat in­spec­tors to mon­i­tor slaugh­ter prac­tices in the state’s poul­try pro­cess­ing plants. That leaves a loop­hole be­cause fed­eral hu­mane slaugh­ter law does not cover poul­try, the group says.

“The fed­eral in­spec­tors are there only be­cause poul­try is cov­ered un­der the food safety laws,” said Martina Bern­stein, at­tor­ney for the PETA Foun­da­tion, which f iled the suit in Los An­ge­les Su­pe­rior Court.

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