Lawmakers in eight states are expanding efforts to thwart secret videos of alleged animal welfare abuse in farming operations.
The so-called “ag gag” laws have been passed in Montana, North Dakota and Kansas, and similar legislation is proposed in Iowa, New York, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska and Utah.
Animal rights groups such as the Humane Society of the United States contend food safety will be compromised if abusive and unsanitary practices go unexposed....More
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that federal meat inspection law supersedes state law, overturning a California appeals court ruling that would permit the ban on sales of downer or fatigued hogs.
Des Moines attorney Lance Lange says the Supreme Court’s 9-0 ruling essentially affirms the earlier holding of the federal district court and reverses the ruling of a federal appeals court. The National Meat Association (NMA) brought a lawsuit in the federal district court in California challenging the state law. ...More
The president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has expressed concern about Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s recent comments suggesting antimicrobial use in food animals should be limited...More
In a new study funded by the Pork Checkoff, researchers at Texas Tech and Iowa State universities found that the pork industry can generally use less bedding year-round than it currently does while improving overall animal well-being – a breakthrough finding that could save the industry an estimated $10.1 million per year...More
The American Meat Institute (AMI) Foundation and Alchemy Systems, a leader in innovative training solutions based in Austin, TX, are teaming up to develop an animal welfare training series for the beef and pork industries...More
Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) has announced a call for proposals for its 2011-2012 Good Husbandry Grants. The Good Husbandry Grants program has funded nearly 100 projects across the country to improve farm animal welfare...More
The state’s leading coalition of agricultural advocates is applauding Gov. Jay Nixon and the General Assembly for bipartisan efforts to fix Proposition B, by signing Senate Bill 113, which provides much-needed repairs for the dog- breeding regulations...More
The handling of disabled or non-ambulatory animals and euthanasia are two emerging issues for the livestock industry that will be addressed at the 2nd Annual Animal Welfare Symposium, Nov. 30, 2010...More
Food industry and consumer groups are urging the Senate to consider the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) before Congress recesses for the fall elections....More
Animal handling and welfare authority Temple Grandin, professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University, calls the recently opened hog holding facility at the Hormel Foods Corporation in Austin, MN, “as good as it gets”...More
Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has signed into law HB 5127, which gives certain farm animals more flexibility in housing, and avoids a threatened ballot initiative by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)...More
Animal rights activists say the bills don’t go far enough to protect livestock. But Michigan farm officials counter the bills back accepted standards that have proven to be best practices for animal care...More
A two-day instructional course to prepare for becoming a certified animal welfare auditor is set for Sept. 20-21 at Fremont, NE, and Schuyler, NE. The events are sponsored by the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization, Inc. (PAACO) and the American Meat Institute (AMI)....More