AMI Animal Welfare Committee Briefs Capitol Hill During D.C. Meeting This Week
Thursday, February 24, 2011
(American Meat Institute)
AMI’s Animal Welfare Committee this week briefed Capitol Hill staffers as
part an effort to educate policymakers about regulatory requirements, voluntary
initiatives and progress in animal handling. The briefing was planned in
connection with the committee’s annual winter meeting.
AMI’s Animal Welfare Committee hosted a Capitol Hill Staff Briefing
February 23 in Washington, DC, in connection with the committee’s
annual winter meeting. The Committee posed for a photo in the House
Agriculture Committee Hearing Room.
Committee Chairman Len Huskey, director of animal welfare at JBS,
offered attendees an overview of the Institute’s animal welfare initiatives,
including its 20-year-old partnership with Temple Grandin, Ph.D., professor of
animal behavior at Colorado State University and its
decision to treat animal welfare as a non-competitive issue.
Grandin delivered a lively overview of
AMI’s animal welfare audit and detailed the significant improvements she has
made in animal welfare in the last few decades. She said that 1999 was the
“tipping point” when major customers like McDonald’s began requiring that
their suppliers use the AMI guidelines and audit.
Former Committee Chairs Mike Siemens, Ph.D, director of
animal welfare at Cargill, and Glee Goodner, corporate manager of animal welfare
at Hormel Foods, discussed the industry’s use of remote video auditing, the
relationship between good animal welfare and meat quality and some of the
challenges on the horizon.
An American Veterinary Medical Association staff member
who attended the briefing blogged about the experience: http://www.externsonthehill.com/?p=359.
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