Vets Recognize Animal ‘Welfare’ in Oath


Pacelle wrote there are still many “serious animal welfare problems,” and the town hall meeting provided a nice platform to address them in Nebraska. 

Pacelle said a survey of residents in the top 37 pig-producing states revealed that people in every one of them, including Nebraska, strongly favor a phase-out of gestation crates.

“(HSUS) is the largest animal protection agency in the U.S., maybe the world,” Fulton said. “They’re trying to make the world a better place for animals.”

He added that the organization has been mislabeled as anti-ag, but many of their members are farmers, as well as hunters and meat-eaters. 

“They are the first organization to pose any kind of threat to the owners of the CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations), that’s the real problem,” Fulton said. 

Pacelle said some people remain unconvinced that the goals of the Humane Society represent mainstream values.

“I am determined to keep the dialogue going,” Pacelle said. 

He added that no industry should be immune from criticism, nor should it have so much political protection that it is not compelled to improve and innovate.

Producers opposed to CAFOs believe changes away from confinement environments in livestock agriculture would make the industry more competitive by better aligning production practices with the core values of consumers.

Though initially resistant to change and to some degree caught in the middle of the fight, the AMVA has taken the first step toward recognizing that animal welfare has become a much larger issue.

Lisa Hare is a Nebraska writer specializing in the agriculture industry.