Several news stories crossed the Pack News Wire this morning, concerning the development of a new group hoping to be a resource for information on the topic of the welfare of farm animals in Iowa.
The Sioux City Journal reports several groups are teaming as the Iowa Farm Animal Care Coalition – “Iowa State University colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture and Life Sciences and the state veterinarian’s office at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship” and animal welfare experts and agricultural industry leaders.
The article notes this: “” The state Farm Bureau Federation and Pork Producers Association are funding the project. “” But the executive director of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa will also be on the advisory committee.
I hope this a good step forward for the welfare of animals on factory farms in the state. But I’ll admit I’m looking at this with a bit of caution. Will the factory farming industry really move forward, with concern for the emotional and physical well being of the animals?