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Friday, January 28, 2011

Humane Treatment of Farm Animals: Overview and Issues

Tadlock Cowan
Analyst in Natural Resources and Rural Development

Animal protection activists in the United States have long sought legislation to modify or curtail some practices considered by U.S. agriculture to be acceptable or even necessary to animal health. Members of Congress over the years have offered various bills that would affect animal care on the farm, during transport, or at slaughter; several proposals were introduced in the 111th Congress. Members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees generally have expressed a preference for voluntary rather than regulatory approaches to humane care. Meanwhile, animal activists have won initiatives in several states to impose some care requirements on animal producers.

Date of Report: January 7, 2011
Number of Pages: 8
Order Number: RS21978
Price: $19.95

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