The American Veterinary Medical Association House of Delegates voted Saturday to pass a new policy on veal calf housing. The resolution passed by an 88.7 percent vote.
This new policy says “that the AVMA supports a change in veal husbandry practices that severely restrict movement, to housing systems that allow for greater freedom of movement without compromising health or welfare.”
This is encouraging on two levels, says veterinarian Ron DeHaven, AVMA chief executive officer. “First, we are proactively seeking to improve the welfare of veal calves, and second, the resolution still affords the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee the opportunity to do a comprehensive analysis of the science and to consider all relevant perspectives of veal calf production."