Organizations Sue Over New Swine Inspection System

Lewis & Clark Law School’s new Animal Law Litigation Clinic has filed a lawsuit on behalf of seven organizations (Farm Sanctuary, Animal Equality, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Center for Biological Diversity, Compassion Over Killing, Mercy For Animals, and North Carolina Farmed Animal Save) challenging the United States Department of Agriculture’s New Swine Slaughter Inspection System (NSIS). The new rule would shift ante-mortem inspection responsibilities to plant employees, rather than government inspectors, and revoke all limitations on the number of pigs that the plant may kill per hour. The lawsuit also challenges the agency’s failure to consider the environmental impacts of the new rule.