July 25, 2008
July 25, 2008 - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday signed legislation that bans the purchase, sale and processing of meat from non-ambulatory livestock including cattle and swine. The bill imposes fines and jail time for processors that sell meat from downer animals.
In a statement, Schwarzenegger said, "We are strengthening California's food safety laws and sending a message that violating these laws will not be tolerated."
The bill was a response to this year's recall of 143 million pounds of beef produced by Chino, Calif.-based Hallmark/Westland Meat Co., which was prompted by a Humane Society of the United States video showing workers abusing downer cows.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has also proposed to ban slaughter of downer cows at federally inspected slaughterhouses. Reprinted in part from meatingplace.com