Dairy farm owners in California have sued the California Department of Poultry and Egg, alleging it has not been able to verify the identity of a cattle carcass they claim is their own.
On Jan. 6, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and two other attorneys general filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging that the department is unable to determine whether the cattle are the owners or employees of the dairy farm.
The lawsuit claims that the California Veterinary Medical Association is barred from conducting investigations into the matter, according to a press release from the state’s Attorney General’s office.
The two attorneys general have argued that the dairy owners have been “repeatedly and unlawfully denied the opportunity to seek any necessary medical evidence to verify whether their cattle were their own and whether their deaths were caused by the slaughter of their own animals.”
The case comes as a growing number of California dairy farms are under federal investigation for the deaths of nearly 300 cattle in the past two years.”
But the state has failed to act, and has instead resorted to frivolous litigation.”
The case comes as a growing number of California dairy farms are under federal investigation for the deaths of nearly 300 cattle in the past two years.
California dairy farms were at the forefront of the beef-processing industry in the 1990s, but they have been under fire in recent years because of a growing problem with the health and safety of the animals.
A 2014 investigation by the Los Angeles Times found that in 2015 alone, California dairy farmers reported more than 1,000 cases of illnesses linked to the handling of livestock, including lacerations, burns, and infections.
In January, the Associated Press reported that California dairy farm operators had been ordered to pay $6.5 million to nearly 400 families in a class-action lawsuit alleging that they failed to adequately monitor their herds and did not take steps to prevent disease outbreaks.
The California Department for Poultry & Egg did not immediately respond to MedNews’ request for comment.