No new animal welfare laws in USA

11-05-2007 | |

US Congress members showed an inclination towards pig and cattle growers this week, at a hearing in the process towards the 2007 farm bill.

Efforts by animal rights campaigners to include enhanced livestock care standards in the bill thus were frustrated.

Chairman of the House subcommittee on livestock, dairy and poultry, Leonard Boswell, said that it was ‘evident that livestock producers are vigorously addressing animal welfare issues’.

Prior to that, several producer representatives had urged the House Agriculture Committee not to include specific animal welfare regulations in the bill.

For the pig industry, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) had already emphasised the fact that it is the pig producers themselves who know what is best for their animals.

The Humane Society of the US (HSUS) had called for legislation that would ban pork produced with intensive confinement of pigs – and similar laws for other ‘inhumane’ industrial practices.

Related news item:
• NPPC steps up against animal rights activists (10 May 2007)

Related websites:
• National Pork Producers Council (NPPC)
• The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

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