Recent news that some major U.S. restaurant chains, including McDonald’s, will phase out buying of pork supplied by producers who use gestation stalls for pregnant sows has sparked conversation and concern among pork producers as well as consumers.
Lost in some of the conversation regarding swine gestation stalls is why pork producers implemented them to begin with, according to Kansas State University (KSU) veterinarian Steve Dritz, and KSU Research and Extension livestock specialist Joel DeRouchey....More
As summer heat begins to build across much of the country this summer, pork producers should take extra precautions to ensure the best possible care and well-being for their animals and employees, according to the National Pork Board....More
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), in a scalding news release today, strongly condemned Senate leaders for rejecting consideration of an animal welfare amendment to the farm bill last night.
Senate leaders spurned consideration of amendment #2252, the “Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012.” The HSUS seeks to codify an agreement with the United Egg Producers (UEP) to nearly double the size of space allotted to egg-laying hens....More
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) asks in a YouTube video that producers call on their senators to reject the disastrous “Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments” introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).
This bill would be the first federal legislation of its kind giving government authority to set on-farm practices. The proposal is backed by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which has the stated goal of abolishing animal agriculture....More
That is the rhetorical — and practical — question hanging over meetings and conferences associated with agriculture these days. In the livestock sector, the long-term health and sustainability of our production systems will require sensible laws and guidelines to meet that goal. The key word being — sensible. Hardly a week goes by that the livestock and poultry industries aren’t beaten up over some generally proven management or processing practice. Commonly, the red flag-wavers are affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) or other anti-meat advocates. Two of their favorite targets include the use of low-level antibiotics in livestock diets and housing gestating sows in stalls....More
The Kroger Co., the nation’s largest traditional grocery store chain with 2,435 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two-dozen local banners, is encouraging its pork suppliers to move away from sow stalls.
The Cincinnati, OH-based company says that it has begun informing suppliers of the new policy statement regarding sow gestation stalls that it believes provides a more humane environment....More
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has expressed disappointment with McDonald’s decision to move forward with requiring its pork suppliers to phase out the use of individual sow housing. The fast-food firm announced recently that it wants 100% of its suppliers to provide pork that’s gestation stall-free in 10 years....More
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) expressed disappointment with McDonald’s decision to move forward with requiring its pork suppliers to phase out the use of individual sow housing. The fast food firm announced recently that it wants 100% of its suppliers to provide pork that’s gestation stall-free in 10 years....More
The Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers jointly announced on Thursday the introduction of S.3239, the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012, sponsored by a group of senators led by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). In short, the legislation will require egg producers to essentially double the space allotted per hen and make other housing changes in a tiered-in process over the next 15 to 18 years....More
Tyson Foods has responded to Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) claims, reportedly filed in a complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), suggesting that the Springdale, AR-based company made deceptive animal welfare statements following the release of an undercover video taken at a Wyoming pig farm....More
In light of this week’s undercover video of a Wyoming pig farm by the Humane Society of the United States, the Ohio Pork Producers Council (OPPC) is advising U.S. pork producers to be thinking about the activities that take place on their farms.
“Are you doing all that you can do to assure you and your employees are abiding by the We Care ethical principles?” asks the OPPC Web site....More
The Animal Care Review Panel, a panel of animal well-being experts created to analyze undercover video investigations at livestock farms, calls animal mistreatment seen in a recently released case from a Wyoming hog farm “unacceptable and indefensible.” The Center for Food Integrity (CFI) created the panel of animal well-being experts to examine video and provide their expertise for food retailers, the pork industry and the media....More
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has issued the following statement on the latest hidden pig video:
“Undercover video from a Wyoming hog farm released today by an animal rights group shows practices that are abhorrent to U.S. pork producers. The National Pork Producers Council condemns such actions, which are not in accord with the U.S. pork industry’s best practices that are exemplified in its Pork Quality Assurance Plus program....More
The Center for Food Integrity has created an Animal Care Review Panel to provide a balanced analysis of a hidden camera video investigation at a hog farm in Wyoming that was released this morning by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
The panel is comprised of a veterinarian, an ethicist and an animal scientist. Members include:...More
The Federation of Animal Science Societies Scientific Advisory Committee on Animal Care and the American Veterinary Medical Association will be presenting a gestation sow housing webinar on May 11 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. (central standard time). This will be the first in a series of webinars on current and emerging trends in animal welfare....More
The National Agricultural Law Center is sponsoring a webinar on legal and policy issues dealing with farm animal confinement. The presentations center around laws and regulations with a special emphasis on the statutory evolution behind them.
The webinar is scheduled for May 10, 2012 from 12 to 1 p.m. (eastern standard time) and costs $50 to participate. To register for the webinar, visit http://learn.extension.org/events/500....More
The Animals for Life Foundation provided a grant for more than 150 first responders to be trained on the proper handling of large animals in time of crisis.
Animal Agriculture 202 was conducted by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and the Ohio State University Extension. It included a series of eight presentations on the proper ways to plan for and respond to farm animal accidents and how to effectively interact with those animals....More
A spokesman for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)-funded "Your Vote Counts" initiative has announced that the group will end their petition drive. This news comes after a year-long effort by Missouri Farmers Care and allied groups to educate the public on the failings of the proposed constitutional amendment....More
Research conducted by a graduate student at Iowa State University (ISU) has shown that digital images provide a more accurate measurement of pig behavior than human observation.
ISU graduate student Shawna Weimer says plans that date back to 2003 by the National Pork Board to assess pig behavior by approaching piglets was eventually rejected because people observing piglets could not get consistent results....More
Every pork production system faces the challenge of what to do when it’s clear that young pigs won’t recover from disease, weakness or trauma and need to be euthanized in a timely, humane and safe manner.
This can be especially problematic with suckling pigs. Current approved methods including blunt force trauma and non-penetrating captive bolt are heavily criticized by consumers and animal rights organizations. And these methods may impact the caregivers’ well-being and psychology....More
At nearly the halfway point of a five-year strategic plan, the National Pork Board will meet in Denver, CO, with the chairs of its nine producer-led committees on Feb. 29 and March 1 to assess progress in meeting the goals of the plan...More
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