OSU Specialist Offer Animal Welfare Advice
Education, not regulation, and changing attitudes, not facilities, are the keys to improving animal well-being on the farm.
By: Compiled by staff
Published: Jul 24, 2009
James Kinder, chair of Ohio State University's Department of Animal Sciences, says that the approach taken by the Humane Society of the United States to push for animal welfare legislation in Ohio is not an effective means of change.
"They are looking at it from the wrong perspective," Kinder says. "Improvements in animal welfare have to be done through education instead of regulation. It's changing the attitudes and behaviors of the producers and the animal handlers that, at the end of the day, will have the greatest impact on animal wellbeing in agricultural production."
"The bottom line is that if change would occur, it would make the cost of production prohibitive in Ohio," Kinder says.
He added that there is more at stake than Ohio's agriculture that is not being factored in.
HSUS isn’t worried about education. They are worried about using a campaign as a fund raising vehicle for themselves and taking away choice from consumers. They rely on causing controversy in order to spur donations. Animal welfare isn’t even on their list. If it was, they wouldn’t be blindly supporting cage-free systems. Their actions are the true indicators of their agenda. Their words mean nothing.