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EFSA: Farm Size Not a Factor in Bovine Diseases in Europe

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In a recent study, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) found that farm size does not make a difference when it comes to bovine diseases. That finding by the EFSA Panel on Animal Health and Welfare comes after the scientific committee had completed an assessment of “dairy cow welfare in small-scale farming systems.” It looked at… Continue Reading

Costco, Hillandale Farms Dispute Allegations of ‘Inhumane Treatment’

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The Costco grocery store chain and one of its egg suppliers, Hillandale Farms, have responded to the findings of an undercover investigation recently conducted by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Earlier this week, HSUS posted a video online showing “inhumane treatment of animals and food safety concerns” at a Hillandale egg facility in Gettysburg, PA…. Continue Reading

North Carolina’s Civil ‘Ag-Gag’ Law Getting National Attention

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An animal agriculture leader from a Western state says it’s hard not to be paying attention to North Carolina’s new Property Protection Act that was passed last week over GOP Governor Pat McCrory’s veto. That’s because, unlike the previous seven state laws adopted to shield animal agricultural operations from prying eyes, the new North Carolina law… Continue Reading

Walmart Takes a Stance on Animal Welfare, Antibiotics

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On Friday morning, Walmart announced its positions on the responsible use of animal antibiotics and on animal welfare. The company is now urging U.S. suppliers to Walmart and Sam’s Club stores to adopt and implement judicious use principles for antibiotic use in farm animals, specifically referring to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s principles and the Food… Continue Reading

Antibiotic Use Deserves Serious Conversation, Not Scare Tactics

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The recent release of the Food and Drug Administration’s report on antibiotic sales brought a round of calls from certain advocacy groups to ban the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture. These advocates remind me of another crowd: the anti-vaccination movement. Both the groups pushing for an antibiotic-free animal agriculture and the “anti-vaxxers” ignore established… Continue Reading

Animal-Welfare Audits: A Strategic Move for Meat Processors

Opinion

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With today’s average consumer three to four generations removed from the farm or ranch, resulting market forces regarding animal care move the burden of proof downstream from the producer to the meat-processing plant. The requirement to implement internal policies that document and audit commercial practices with regard to animal welfare now resides with plant operators…. Continue Reading

Starbucks to Require More Humane Animal-Welfare Standards From Suppliers

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The humane treatment of farm animals won a huge public show of support last month when Starbucks announced plans to require dairy, meat, and egg products served in its coffee shops to come from suppliers that follow certain animal-welfare standards. For the coffee giant’s customers, the take-home message comes down to this: When you sip on… Continue Reading

Hotline Launched for Reporting Cruelty, Neglect of Farm Animals

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The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has launched a hotline that offers a reward for whistleblowers who report cruelty and neglect on factory farms, at livestock auctions, and in slaughter houses. The organization is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those who have committed acts of cruelty… Continue Reading

Perdue Will Remove Its ‘Humanely Raised’ Label to Settle HSUS Lawsuits

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Perdue has agreed to remove the “humanely raised” claim from the labels on its Harvestland chicken packaging. In exchange, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) will drop two class-action lawsuits filed against the company in 2010 and 2013 in which the plaintiffs argued that the claim was a misleading one. Some research suggests… Continue Reading

Compromise Legislation Would Strengthen South Dakota’s Animal Cruelty Law

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The last state in the union to make animal cruelty a felony now appears serious about getting on the boards. The South Dakota Legislature, which was gaveled into session on Monday, is again being asked to reform state animal abuse laws. This time, however, a year of work by the state’s livestock industry and animal-welfare… Continue Reading