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Center for Animal Law Studies

Animal Law Litigation Clinic Work

On the Docket

The ALLC’s first lawsuit—Farm Sanctuary v. USDA—challenges pig slaughter deregulation. The removal of line speed limits and reduction of inspector oversight at slaughterhouses exponentially increases animal suffering. Previously, slaughterhouses could kill up to 1,106 pigs per hour. Now there is no limit whatsoever, resulting in increased food safety and humane handling violations. The removal of inspectors from the front lines compounds the problem, as they are replaced by untrained slaughterhouse staff, thereby reducing the likelihood that cruelty will be detected. In addition, the USDA estimates that 11.5 million more pigs per year will be slaughtered under its deregulation. 

 

The ALLC’s second lawsuit—Farm Sanctuary v. Perdue—challenges the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s to properly protect downed pigs—pigs who are too injured or sick to stand or walk. According to industry estimates, more than 500,000 downed pigs arrive at U.S. slaughterhouses annually. Allowing downed animals to be slaughtered for human consumption incentivizes subjecting sick and injured animals to inhumane transport and handling, including shocking, prodding, kicking, and dragging. The USDA’s failure to regulate downed pigs is long-standing and defiant

 

Media Coverage and More

  • A radio interview by Talkin Pets Radio of Professor Winders regarding the ALLC (September 19, 2020)
  • A video interview by CALS Executive Director, Pamela Hart, of Professor Winders entitled “Celebrating One Year of Protecting Farmed Animals Through the Animal Law Litigation Clinic” (August 6, 2020)
  • A presentation by Professor Winders entitled “Protecting Pigs in an Era of De-regulation” (July 21, 2020)
  • The New York Daily News published an opinion piece authored by Professor Winders entitled “Putting as at risk of another pandemic: The USDA’s epic failure” (July 5, 2020)
  • Fox News interviewed Professor Winders for a written piece regarding the mass culling of farmed animals during the pandemic (May 28, 2020)
  • Louie b Free Radio featured the ALLC in an interview with Professor Winders to discuss our litigation against the USDA for failing to protect downed pigs (May 20, 2020)
  • Our Hen House featured the ALLC in an additional podcast with Professor Winders and two ALLC students entitled “The Case of the Downed and Desperate Pigs” after our second lawsuit was filed (April 29, 2020)
  • The New York Daily News published an opinion piece authored by Professor Winders entitled “Slaughtering animals is not essential: Don’t use the coronavirus as an excuse to loosen meat-processing rules” (April 28, 2020) 
  • TRT World interviewed Professor Winders regarding the closure of slaughterhouses due to COVID-19 and its impact on the animals and slaughterhouse workers (April 24, 2020)
  • The National Jurist featured the ALLC in its article “Best Law Schools for Practical Training” (Spring 2020)
  • A video interview by CALS Executive Director, Pamela Hart, of Professor Winders entitled “Breaking News from the Animal Law Litigation Clinic in Farm Sanctuary v. USDA” (April 16, 2020)
  • Our media release entitled “Inspector Files Sworn Statement in Support of Legal Challenge to Pig Slaughter Deregulation” (April 16, 2020)
  • The Lewis & Clark Chronicle featured the ALLC in its article, “The Fight for Farmed Animals” (Spring 2020)
  • The Washington Post broke the news of the ALLC’s second lawsuit in an article entitled “Downed pigs are turned into product: a new lawsuit seeks to stop that.” (February 6, 2020)
  • A video interview by CALS Executive Director, Pamela Hart, of Professor Winders entitled “The Animal Law Litigation Clinic Files Second Lawsuit Against USDA” (February 6, 2020)
  • Our media release regarding the filing of the ALLC’s second lawsuit against the USDA (February 6, 2020)
  • Our Hen House featured the ALLC in a podcast with Professor Winders and an ALLC student entitled “The Case of the Speedy Slaughterhouse” after our first lawsuit was filed (January 29, 2020)
  • A video interview by CALS Executive Director, Pamela Hart, of Professor Winders entitled “The Animal Law Litigation Clinic at Center for Animal Law Studies Files First Lawsuit” (December 18, 2019)
  • Our media release regarding the filing of ALLC’s first lawsuit against the USDA (December 18, 2019)
  • Our media release announcing the hiring of ALLC paralegal, Rachel O’Flaherty (October 28, 2019) 
  • Advocate Magazine piece announcing the hiring of ALLC director, Delcianna Winders (Fall 2019)
  • A written interview with Professor Delcianna Winders (August 28, 2019)
  • Our media release announcing the launch of the ALLC (May 2, 2019)