According to a US judge, chickens are not “livestock” and are therefore not subject to the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.

A lawsuit brought by the Humane Society of the US (HSUS) against the Agriculture Department has argued that the USDA had misinterpreted the 50-year-old Act, reports Cattle Network.

“The court finds the legislative history strongly demonstrates unambiguous congressional intent that livestock, as used in the HMSA, does not include poultry,” US District Court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel reportedly wrote in her opinion. Read the rest of this entry »