Animal rights groups seek to dictate livestock care with ballot initiatives and state legislation. They also pressure manufacturers and retailers to only purchase agricultural products, especially livestock, that are raised a certain way.
As a result, processors are requiring livestock farmers to change the way animals are raised. For example, the National Milk Producers Federation has announced that farmers participating in the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management program, must eliminate tail docking by 2017.
It’s not only a dairy issue, but also poultry and swine. Whether it be individual state legislation or market access requirements, housing for poultry and hogs is frequently up for debate. Farmers have varying views on these topics. What are yours?
WFBF supports farmers and veterinarians deciding appropriate husbandry practices. It also supports legislation prohibiting local units of government from regulating animal care and welfare and granting this authority to Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
Should WFBF policy contain language that specifically supports or opposes tail docking?
Should WFBF policy address the fact that some buyers are requiring certain animal husbandry practices in order for a farmer to sell animals to them?
Do you have other suggestions regarding policy on animal husbandry?
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