Humane Methods of Poultry Slaughter Lawsuit Dismissed
Federal Circuit Court hears arguments in “humane” slaughter case….HSUS lost yet again………
ATTORNEYS argued before the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a lawsuit the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) brought against the U.S. Department of Agriculture to bring poultry under the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.
The act, adopted by Congress in 1958, covers livestock but specifically excludes poultry, which Congress determined are not considered livestock for the purposes of the act.
HSUS contends that at the time of the act’s adoption, the dictionary defined livestock as “useful” farm animals and that poultry, therefore, should be covered as they are useful farm animals.
However, a district court disagreed on the grounds that the act distinguished between livestock and poultry and wrote the law to apply only to livestock. The court then granted USDA’s request for summary judgment and dismissed the case.
HSUS subsequently appealed to the Ninth Circuit, which conducted a hearing on the case……….
The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco Cal., ruled that the Humane Society of the United States does not have standing to pursue its lawsuit seeking to require the U.S. Department of Agriculture to include poultry in the 1958 Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, which only refers to “livestock.” The circuit said the humane society could not show that the alleged “injuries” to poultry by continued omission from the act’s authority would be redressed by a favorable ruling and handed the case back to the district court to be dismissed.