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PETA sues California over poultry slaughter law

PETA sues California over poultry slaughter law

An animal-rights group is suing California, charging that the state fails to enforce humane slaughter laws in poultry plants. The PETA Foundation says the California Department of Food and Agriculture wrongly defers to federal meat inspectors to monitor slaughter practices in the state's poultry processing plants. That leaves a loophole because federal humane slaughter law does not cover poultry, the group says. “The federal inspectors are there only because poultry is covered under the food safety laws,” said Martina Bernstein, attorney for the PETA Foundation, which filed the suit Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court. “The federal inspectors by law...