According to a survey published in Doane’s Agricultural Report, animal welfare is one of the top megatrends that agriculture faces today. Animal welfare came in at the No. 7 spot.

However, it’s important to remember that animal welfare and animal rights are not the same thing. People who are advocates of animal welfare want to spare animals physical pain and suffering — that’s something that livestock producers generally agree with as good animal husbandry makes both moral and economic sense. On the other hand, people who are animal rights advocates give human attributes to animals and consider all animal agriculture inhumane.

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