Animal Welfare/Rights

Program helps law enforcement recognize animal neglect

University of Minnesota animal agricultural specialists and an attorney whose focus is companion animal law, conducted a day-long continuing education course for the Minnesota South Central Investigators Coalition (MSCIC). FULL STORY »

Bridging the gap

Consumers have genuine concerns about modern meat production,  but the right message, backed by sound practices, can restore their trust. FULL STORY »

Pew launches “Moms for Antibiotic Awareness” campaign

The Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming has launched "Moms for Antibiotic Awareness," a grassroots movement of moms working to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics for their children and families. The campaign also released the results of an online poll of 804 American mothers who are registered voters and have children aged 16 or younger. Eighty percent of the respondents were concerned about giving antibiotics to animals that are being produced for meat and poultry, with 42 percent saying they are "very concerned" about this practice. FULL STORY »

Dairy farmers respond to latest abuse video

The animal-rights group Mercy for Animals released graphic footage this week of employees at the E6 Cattle Company in Hart, Texas, bludgeoning sick and injured calves. Dairy farmers across the country are speaking out. And regardless of where the person is located the theme has been outrage, anger and disappointment towards those committing the abuse. FULL STORY »

Advocacy group documents abuse on W. Texas heifer ranch

A Texas dairy heifer ranch was the center of attention following the release of footage from an undercover investigation by the animal rights group Mercy For Animals. The footage released to the public Tuesday included graphic images of employees at the E6 Cattle Company bludgeoning sick and injured calves. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Photo follies and flagrant falsehoods

Efforts to protect farmers from animal-rights extremists create some interesting discussions, strange bedfellows and of course, self-serving, misleading propaganda. FULL STORY »

Small vs. large farms: Are animals treated differently?

Many people have opinions, even concerns, about today's agriculture, especially when it comes to the well-being of animals. FULL STORY »

Bill to protect farmers from undercover extremists

The Animal Agriculture Alliance is pleased to learn that Iowa State Representative Annette Sweeney has introduced H.F. 431, which will help agriculture defend against activists who gain illicit employment on farms and in processing facilities in order to obtain undercover videos. FULL STORY »

Humane Society says Ohio veal rule threatens deal

A major animal rights group is threatening to try again for a ballot issue against animal cruelty because of a new rule on the treatment of veal calves. FULL STORY »

Should Animal Agriculture Challenge Animal Welfare Activists?

Challenging misinformation by activists and the media can often draw additional, unwanted consumer attention, and may have unintended consequences.

State Vet Finds No Abuse At Smithfield Hog Farm

A Virginia-state veterinarian has found no indications of pig abuse in the Smithfield hog farm at the center of a Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) undercover investigation and subsequent abuse allegations. Richard Wilkes visited the farm last month as part of Smithfield's own investigation into the claims.

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