Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Laws (or lack thereof) protecting livestock

This article just alerted me to the fact that
There are no Federal laws protecting food animals. They are not protected by State based animal welfare laws. As ‘livestock’ or ‘farm animals’ they are exempted from these laws, their only protection being voluntary codes of practice or industry produced standards. These codes and standards are intended to guide farmers on acceptable practices...

I had no idea. I assumed that there were enforceable codes of conduct, or something regulating the treatment of factory farmed animals. Another thing to investigate.

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