For years, Wes Jamison has warned the
American animal welfare will become “Europeanized,” but with certain political differences, Jamison told an audience at the recent North American Veterinary Conference in
The “precursors” that have shaped European attitudes toward animal welfare are further along than they are in the
Fewer and fewer Americans live on farms or have relatives who live on farms.
We remain an affluent society, and affluent societies don’t worry about food cost or what would happen to food cost if farms had to face additional regulatory burdens.
An aging Baby Boomer population will turn to their pets for emotional attachment now that their children have moved out of their households.
Asked how the European animal-welfare models could take hold if U.S. business is becoming more efficient ― the so-called Wal-Mart model ― Jamison pointed out that “moral concerns will trump the efficiencies” of business models. For example, companies that have been accused of benefiting from sweatshop labor overseas have backed down and even taken anti-sweatshop stances.