May 11, 2007
May 11, 2007 - Congressman Leonard Boswell (Iowa), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry, held a hearing earlier this week to discuss the welfare of animals in agriculture.
The subcommittee heard testimony from various representatives of animal health groups, the animal agriculture industry and animal welfare organizations about the status of animal welfare in American agriculture, steps that animal agriculture producers have implemented to improve animal welfare and new proposals related to these issues.
"The committee gained insight not only on the issues facing animal welfare but also the solutions that industry is working through to ensure that we have a safe, plentiful, and affordable food supply," Boswell said. "It's evident that livestock producers are vigorously addressing animal welfare issues."
"Today's hearing demonstrated that the animal agriculture industry is committed to ensuring the humane treatment of animals in its care. Farmers and ranchers, not activists, should be dictating animal husbandry practices. Passing legislation based solely on emotion goes against the committee's responsibility to use science and best management practices that are designed to improve animal welfare practices," said Subcommittee Ranking Member Robin Hayes (N.C.). Reprinted from House Ag Committee Web Site