Animal Well-being Commission Formed

Animal Well-being Commission Formed

Group will address concerns and advocate research.

Leaders from academia and the beef industry are announcing the formation of an independent advisory group to focus on beef cattle health and well-being. The North American Food Animal Well-being Commission for Beef, which includes world-renowned experts in animal well-being, will advocate for increased research funding for animal well-being, facilitate the communication of research results in a more timely manner, advance best management practices in cattle health and welfare, and serve as an unbiased, science- and production- based group to address concerns about animal well-being.


Joseph Stookey, professor of applied ethology at Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, will serve as co-chair of the commission. Stookey says this is a very unique opportunity to serve the various segments of the beef industry, society and ultimately the animals, in a responsible, scientific and unified manner. According to Stookey, this initiative has a tremendous amount of potential, and he is excited to help lay the foundation for this important work.


The commission's public outreach efforts will focus on a number of groups across all levels of the beef chain, including: farming and ranching organizations, consumer groups, beef harvesting companies, veterinary groups, food retail and restaurant groups, and animal welfare groups.

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