Broilers, Layer Standards Could Lock-in Favorable Treatment for Factory Farms
Comments due by July 13 [Extended from June 13]
One of the reasons consumers are willing to pay premium prices for organic milk, meat, and eggs is because they think animals are cared for in a more humane manner. Rules have to be balanced between promoting important animal welfare ideals and protecting ethical farmers’ ability to produce superior food.
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The draft animal welfare standards that the USDA just released are a hodgepodge of regulations. Some are well-taken, others are so restrictive that it will make it impossible for dairy farmers, as an example, to manage their cattle in a humane and sanitary manner. Still other changes favor the corporate sector in industrial livestock production — officially legalizing factory farm egg and poultry practices.
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