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When the Regulators Refuse to Regulate: Pervasive USDA Underenforcement of the Humane Slaughter Act
Georgetown Law Journal (2015)
  • Bruce Friedrich
Abstract
The Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act (HMSA) declares that it is “the policy of the United States that the slaughtering of livestock and the handling of livestock in connection with slaughter shall be carried out only by humane methods.” Unfortunately, the HMSA is pervasively under-enforced, because the agency charged with administering it does an almost unfathomably inadequate job of doing so. This article: 1) briefly explains the factual and legal background of humane slaughter in the United States; 2) reviews government reports and undercover investigations that prove that USDA is not enforcing the law; 3) considers common theories that are deployed as explanations for an agency that is failing in its statutory mandate, and suggests a new one; and 4) explores some possible ways forward on the issue of humane slaughter.
Publication Date
October, 2015
Citation Information
Bruce Friedrich. "When the Regulators Refuse to Regulate: Pervasive USDA Underenforcement of the Humane Slaughter Act" Georgetown Law Journal Vol. 104 Iss. 1 (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/bruce_friedrich/46/