Think About It: Animal Welfare Affects Human Welfare


While biotech crops may not be much of a concern to the European Union new health and consumer affairs commissioner, animal welfare is front and center.

John Dalli, who is in Washington, D.C. this week, intends to propose a new EU law regarding animal welfare, according to The New York Times: “According to E.U. experts familiar with the plans, Mr. Dalli’s law probably would promote the use of cruelty-free labels for some meat products, which could lead to European consumers shunning U.S. products.”

Many Europeans are concerned about the mad cow disease issue and  poultry tainted with dioxins. Dalli supports the idea that “products coming from animals that have been well treated and can offer better quality.”

The new animal welfare law could change the way Europeans buy meat by classifying and promoting more humane ways of treating animals, such as stunning chickens and other poultry first before killing them.

The law would also encourage meat producers to label their products to show that their animals had been raised and killed using certified procedures, something that could disadvantage U.S. producers if they did not adopt the same procedures.

Hey, America: Are you getting the message?

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3 responses to “Think About It: Animal Welfare Affects Human Welfare

  1. It was Mohandas Gandhi who said, “The greatness of a nation, and its moral progress, can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” This is as true of livestock intended for the dinner table as it is of domestic pets.

  2. If we treated our pets the way factory farmed animals are treated you would be breaking the law. In other words one law for pets. Another for farm animals.

    You might be interested in my book ON THE MENU:ANIMAL WELFARE (website ame name!) – which tells, for the most part, a horror story, NOT imagined, but something that is happening every moment of every day. It draws attention to the animals on factory farms that never see natural light; or the seasons change; or feel the earth beneath their feet. Incarcerated in vast barns their lives are automated, unnatural, controlled as they are treated as nothing more than any other farm product and become grotesque parodies of their natural selves.

    This book describes the whole production process – from before conception to the way the animals we use for food are presented on the supermarket shelves: the chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese; the laying hens, quail and the pheasants reared for sport; the pigs and lambs; the dairy cattle, beef cattle and veal calves; and also the rabbits as well as the fish and shellfish.

    Published by Pen Press and available from Amazon at £8.99; from public libraries in the UK and Ireland; and also Ingrams (in the USA).

    • I’d be very interested in reading your book. Thank you for letting me know about it. Like “Food, Inc.” and “Eating Animals”, I know it will be hard to stomach but I think it’s important to be aware of the animal abuse going on in the world.
      I really appreciate your comment!

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