Skip to comments.California livestock law struck down
Posted on 01/23/2012 3:23:33 PM PST by SmithL
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down California's ban on the slaughter of downed swine, saying the state strayed too far into federal territory.
In a case closely watched by other states as well as the multi-billion dollar livestock industry, the court's liberal and conservative justices unanimously ruled that long-standing federal law preempted California's 2008 measure.
"The California law rums smack into the (federal) regulations," Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the court.
Kagan's 14-page decision emphasized that the Federal Meat Inspection Act covers a "broad range of activities at slaughterhouses" and that it "expressly" preempts the state law.
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Inasmuch as I regard the California law to be an insipid taking of private property rights, I would like Justice Kagan to cite where the Constitution "expressly" gives the Federal government the power to regulate the production and processing of meat within a State. And don't bother citing the Commerce Clause, because everybody with a functional neuron left in his or her skull knows better.
Looks more like the “Santa Clause” to me.
You just proved why they will say ‘commerce clause.