Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Consumers express views on farm animal welfare

The American Farm Bureau Federation funded a new survey to examine the public's concern over farm animal welfare. Read this excerpt from Feedstuffs:

"Perhaps the most contentious and emotional issue in livestock agriculture is that of farm animal welfare. Modern animal production practices are regularly criticized by animal rights groups, defended by livestock industries and studied by scientists.

The animal welfare debate is far more than a war of words. It has led to legislative action and is influencing consumer demand in a way that could profoundly affect agricultural markets.

Victories by animal rights groups are occurring at a rapid pace. For example, citizens in Arizona and Florida recently voted to ban the use of gestation crates, and similar referenda are being planned for other states."

Learn more about the survey results online.