We represent the average consumer who eats meat, drinks milk, wears leather, and owns pets. It is our hope that the Department of Agriculture, legislators, and the public will not listen to a few vocal groups, which say they want larger, cleaner cages, but demonstrate by their actions that they really want empty cages.

In fact, animal agriculture industries compose a large animal welfare group in terms of total dollars spent in caring for animals, and the percent of income derived from animals being returned in terms of food and caring for animals.

You should recognize that not one person in animal agriculture profits from animal abuse and neglect. However, there are those groups whose sole income is derived from capitalizing on the perception that animal abuse and neglect is widespread. Those same groups collect monies supposedly to relieve animal suffering. In fact, they spend a very small percentage of what is received on actual care giving while the majority is spent on salaries and lobbying. These groups must constantly "stir the pot" of public opinion, for if a problem doesn't exist, then one must be created if their income is to continue.

We must recognize the difference between animal welfare and animal rights extremism groups. Hopefully, if you examine the evidence in light of the information provided... (Animal Rights Extremism vs. Animal Welfare) you can determine the motivation of each group.

We request that in all considerations of change, four conditions must be evaluated for change to be considered.

  1. Is there a demonstrated, significant need or problem?
  2. Is the perceived problem one that is caused by a lack of enforcement, or a problem with current regulations or lack thereof?
  3. Are the changes being considered scientifically or factually derived alternatives that are better than existing laws?
  4. Is that alternative practicable and enforceable?

Professionals in animal agriculture have put forth a huge effort for animal welfare and to obey our laws. This demonstrates their commitment to actively providing for animal welfare.

As an animal welfare association we encourage you to continue working with us as well as the professionals from animal agriculture. Our animal welfare interests are in line with the average person. Please do not be deceived by those who would appear interested in animal welfare when their true agenda is animal rights extremism.

Most people feel the following resolution is consistent with animal welfare, human rights, education, and our responsibility to care for animals both wild and domestic. You may want to let your legislators and regulators know how you feel.

Education and Animal Welfare Resolution

 WHEREAS the State Legislature passes laws which govern agriculture within the State, and
 WHEREAS such laws should promote public understanding and appreciation of the wise use of domestic animals, wildlife and fish, for scientific purposes, economic benefits, services, enjoyment and pets, and
 WHEREAS responsible breeding and care of all fish and animals is essential to the efficient and profitable production of food and other animal products, and
 WHEREAS the intrinsic interdependence of humans and animals provides personal and public benefits, and
 WHEREAS the use of scientific and ecological principles are essential to conserve and manage wildlife and their habitats in an ecological and social context that fosters long-term survival, welfare, and balance of wild and domestic animals, and
 WHEREAS research utilizing animals is still necessary to ensure more effective medical treatment for humans and animals,
 THEREFORE be it resolved that the Legislature supports properly researched and industry-tested livestock and animal husbandry practices that promote proper animal care and provide consumers with wholesome food, a choice of fiber products, and animals for service and pets. Such practices include:
 •  High standards of animal health and management of livestock and pet animals.
 •  The use of transportation and handling facilities that provide for animal health and safety.
 •  Consultation for licensed veterinarians concerning health needs and the use of good products.

The Legislature also resolve to:
 •  Support public and private education programs that present the facts of animal production, use, service, and pleasure to the general public.
 •  Support research that improves animal health, productivity, and the quality of animal products, including practical methods for implementing the findings of this research on farms, ranches, breeding facilities, and to the public at large.
 •  Support wildlife Management practices based upon scientific research that will insure a balance between domestic animals and fish and wildlife population for use and enjoyment by humans.
 •  Support lawful animal displays that increase public awareness of animals and their importance in modern life as sources of food, fiber, scientific knowledge, service, and pleasure as pets.
 •  Oppose the concept of animal rights extremism which places animals on an equal, moral, or legal basis with humans; the expenditure of public funds to promote animal rights extremism; and the use of materials in public schools that discourage, through misinformation, the use of animals and animal products.
 •  Oppose legislation and regulation that would prohibit or unduly restrict the use of animals in research for food, fiber, services, or responsible breeding of animals for pets, hobby or lawful sport.

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