Petition Before the United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service

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Animal Partisan filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) seeking clarification that the Federal Meat Inspection Act, Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, and Poultry Products Inspection Act do not preempt state enforcement of relevant anti-cruelty laws. The petition seeks express clarification from FSIS following multiple state refusals to enforce cruelty laws on the basis of federal preemption. The petition also requests that FSIS cooperate with state officials to enforce state anti-cruelty laws.

[To accompany Agency Update "Advocacy Group Petitions FSIS for Clarification that Federal Law Does Not Preempt Enforcement of State Cruelty Laws " from Brooks Animal Law Digest Issue No. 205]