“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the manner in which its animals are treated”
I recently read about a program that began in 2009 that is great news for animals. This certification program is part of a revolution to improve the lives of animals raised for food, according to an article in the July/August 2012 issue of “All Animals” from the Humane Society of the United States.
A TimeLine of Confinement (from the HSUS):
1940’s – Streptomycin is discovered that allowed farmers to raise animals in confinement without risking widespread disease.
1950’s: Chicken and turkeys are raised in crowded barns using ways to make them grow faster.
1960’s: Cattle are fattened in feedlots and nearly half of the egg production come from caged hens.
1970’s: Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO’s) are identified as potential sources of pollution under the Clean Water Act.
1990’s: Most sows are kept in gestation crates where they can hardly move.
2000’s: Florida passes first anti-confinement law and a six other states follow. Burger King announces that it will start switching to cage-free eggs and gestation crate-free-pork.
2010s: Antibiotic use in animals is urged by the FDA to be phased out by farmers. Congress introduces a bill to end battery cages for egg-laying hens. Safeway and McDonald’s pledge to phase out gestation crates for sows.
For detailed information on the certification program called the Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating System: