Animal Welfare Concerns with Proposed GIPSA RuleMon, 04 Oct 2010 17:22:39 CDT
World renowned animal welfare expert Temple Grandin has written Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack to offer her concerns about the well-being of livestock if the proposed GIPSA rule on livestock marketing - which requires packers to market and sell livestock through dealers - is implemented. Grandin is concerned about the stress to livestock that would occur - and is concerned that the proposed rule would complicate and compromise the effectiveness of established animal welfare-certification programs by requiring another level of paperwork and recordkeeping to track additional transactions.
Grandin’s concerns are echoed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall says the impact to animal welfare is just one of several unintended consequences of eliminating packer-to-packer sales. He says the packer-to-packer ban would especially hurt smaller producers, dealers and packers. Woodall says it would encourage consolidation and displace producer livestock.
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