At the request of New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA), New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), and New Jersey Farm Bureau, State legislators adopted a law in 1996 “which directs the Department of Agriculture—in consultation with the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station—to adopt ‘standards for the humane raising, keeping, care, treatment, marketing, and sale

FDA, gearing up for the implementation of the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), recently “issued a letter reminding retail establishments that sell medically important antimicrobials for use in feed or water for food animals that the marketing status of those products will change from over-the-counter (OTC) to prescription (Rx) or to veterinary feed directive (VFD)

FDA issued a draft revised guidance for industry, “General Principles for Evaluating the Human Food Safety of New Animal Drugs Used In Food-Producing Animals” in July 2016 that “described the type of information that the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) recommends sponsors provide [the agency] to address the

West Virginia has taken the first step in joining a number of states that have adopted regulations governing the standards of care farmers must provide to livestock in their care, by proposing standards of their own.

New Jersey, Colorado and Ohio already have regulations governing the minimum humane standards of care required for the raising,

Wyoming legislator Dan Laursen introduced a bill that amends the law governing investigations performed by the livestock board.   Specifically HB 128 would:

remove references to investigators of the livestock board; specifying that the livestock board shall not employ law enforcement personnel;

specify that brand inspectors are not law enforcement personnel;

create the livestock investigation account

As discussed in USDA, FDA, and EPA-confusing authority over livestock production and food labeling, several federal agencies have varying control over livestock production and the food resulting therefrom.

For example, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) in USDA is “responsible for ensuring that the nation’s commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products

I attended the 22nd Annual Animal Veterinary Medical Law Association’s Continuing Education Convention, as a speaker, in Boston this past week-end.  This is always a fascinating meeting where veterinarians, attorneys, and those with both degrees (or in training) meet to discuss the latest developments in the field of animal law that impacts the veterinary profession.

Fortune magazine published an article describing “How the Humane Society convinced nearly 100 food companies to take their animals out of cages.”  This is why that is not necessarily a good thing for the animals or the people who care for them.

In many cases, prohibiting individual and cage housing actually creates a