Democratic Assemblyman Paul Krekorian’s bill would make processing and selling meat from the weakened animals punishable with jail time and a 20-thousand dollar fine.
The measure comes after the Humane Society released video shot in a Southern California slaughterhouse. It showed animals being forced to stand with high pressure hoses and forklifts.
Humane Society President Wayne Pacelle says federal regulations aren’t strong enough—and the state should step in.
“And the state can prohibit downer animals from getting into the economic pipeline whether it’s the slaughterhouses, auction stockyards, that’s what the state should do and that’s what this bill would do…”
The bill was approved in the Assembly Public Safety Committee. The Humane Society video also led to the country’s largest beef recall earlier this year of more than 140-million pounds.