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Animal Welfare: What it Means in Terms of Animal Agriculture

Publication Date: 4/17/2015

Every industry, especially the agriculture industry is subject to ambiguous terminology that has extremely important implications. One of the most contested terms that holds serious implications for agricultural enthusiasts, animal lovers and farmers alike is: animal welfare. In the simplest terms, animal welfare correlates to the proper treatment of animals both in and outside of the livestock production sphere. The notion of “proper treatment” however is another issue in itself. In this, there is an overwhelming presence of ambiguity as far as who defines what proper treatment means.

The question I have come to ponder is…. what does animal welfare REALLY mean? We have laws, regulations and social movements dedicated to this mysterious notion of “animal welfare.” To what standard does one have to meet to be engaging in the proper welfare of animals? There are a lot of different opinions on this subject.


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