Even after being told last week that they don’t have standing to sue in federal court, six Midwest egg-producing states aren’t likely to give up either battery cages for their laying hens nor the big California market. Battery cages are housing systems for chickens, laying hens, and various other
Continue Reading Despite Ruling, Midwest Egg Producers Unlikely to Give Up California Market Without a Fight

The Idaho House is now ready for a floor vote that will likely send Senate Bill 1337 to Republican Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter for his signature. It would make trespassing and filming agricultural operations without permission of the owner illegal. After three-and-a-half hours of testimony on Thursday, the House Agriculture
Continue Reading Idaho House Committee Recommends Passage of ‘Ag-Gag’ Bill

A New Jersey company involved in the veal and lamb business for more than 65 years was forced to shut down last Friday when USDA inspectors left the building because of alleged inhumane practices going on inside. At least two egregious violations of federal humane handling requirements documented on a
Continue Reading Slaughter Plant Closes After HSUS Video Prompts USDA Inspectors to Leave

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is not required to conduct an Environmental impact Statement nor an Environmental Assessment in order to grant equine-inspection services to businesses planning to pack horsemeat for export, U.S. District Court Judge Christina Armijo ruled Friday. The judge denied the request by animal-welfare groups for
Continue Reading Judge's Ruling Favors USDA Providing Horse Slaughter Inspections

UPDATE:  Because the temporary restraining order in the case discussed below expires at midnight Thursday, all sides expected a ruling from the federal judge today, but that did not happen.  Food Safety News will monitor overnight and early morning developments. Four months into litigation aimed at preventing horses from being
Continue Reading Animal Law Expert Wants Court to Ban Horse Slaughter in the U.S.