Legislation to set gold standard in animal care
Shannon Linderoth Tuesday, June 23, 2009
A bipartisan package of bills has been introduced into the Michigan legislature regarding the care of meat and dairy animals and egg-laying hens on Michigan farms. The move is designed to set a “gold standard” of farm animal care and respond to consumer interest about food origins and safety.
“With the recent problems with food preparation in other areas of the country, Michigan consumers deserve to know that what's on their plate is of only the best quality,” says Mike Simpson, chair of the House Agriculture Committee.
The plan will:
Establish that the Department of Agriculture and the Agriculture Commission is the sole authority in the regulation of livestock health and welfare.
Implement science-based standards for animal care that farmers must implement by 2020.
Create an Animal Care Advisory Council that will make recommendations for changes to existing standards.
Create a third-party auditing system to oversee the program. Read More
Michigan is another state that has been the target of animal rights groups. Rather than caving to the threats of these groups, Michigan has decided to be pro-active by establishing what they call the “gold standard” of animal welfare. Of course the animal rights groups, like HSUS, are quite upset over this because they aren’t getting their way. They want to dictate their agenda to society not work with them.