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Animal Welfare and Farm Animals

Raised for Food



Resources and Updates

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Documents & Links

CRS Reports:

CRS reports can be challenging to find, as the Congressional Research Service does not post them directly. Some private sites post them for public dissemination, but searching can be difficult. Therefore, relevant reports are downloaded and available here.

New Reports  





Tadlock Cowan, The Animal Welfare Act: Background and Selected Animal Welfare Legislation, Con. Res. Serv. Rep. No. RS22493 (Jan. 5, 2016).

Full Text of CRS Reports Cited in Food, Farming & Sustainability


Note that reports that have been updated

will appear by the new publication date.

Tadlock Cowan and Joel L. Greene, Meat Animal Research Center: The Animal Welfare Act and Farm Animal Research, Cong. Res. Serv. Rep. No. 44091 (July 1, 2015).
Tadlock Cowan, Humane Treatment of Farm Animals: Overview and Issues, Cong. Res. Serv. Rep. RS21978 (May 9, 2011).

Tadlock Cowan, Horse Slaughter Prevention Bills and Issues, Cong. Res. Serv. Rep. No. RS21842 (June 28, 2013).

Other Resources:
Missouri v. Harris, No. 2:14–cv–00341–KJM–KJN, Oct. 2, 2014,  2014 WL4961473,  (E.D. Cal.). 

Walmart U.S. Announcement, New Animal Welfare and Antibiotics Positions: Company Outlines Expectations for Suppliers to Walmart U.S. and Sam’s Club U.S., as Part of Commitment to Sustainable Supply Chain, Walmart, News and Views  website (May 22, 2015).



"Five Freedoms," Farm Animal Welfare Council, United Kingdom (archived copy, April 16, 2009).
Jackqui Fatka, UEP Abandons HSUS Egg Deal, FARM FUTURES (Feb. 21, 2014).

Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Farm Animal Welfare, Science and Research.



Katie Delong, Animal Cruelty: Two more convictions Tied to Wiese Bros. Farm, (May 6, 2014).
Ag-Gag Bills at the State Level, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Mar. 2015).
Idaho Ag Gag Litigation:
  • Memorandum Decision and Order, Animal Legal Defense Fund, et al, v. Otter , Case 1:14-cv-00104-BLW, Doc. 110 ( Aug. 3, 2015) (holding that the Idaho statute violated the First Amendment right to free speech as well as the Equal Protection Clause, and stating that “[p]rotecting the private interests of a powerful industry which produces the public’s food supply against public scrutiny is not a legitimate government interest.”).
Controversy Regarding U.S. Research Lab in Nebraska:



  • The Aware Act (proposal to extend the Animal Welfare Act to cover all federal government facilities, including the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center).  




Susan Schneider, Beyond the Food We Eat: Animal Drugs in Livestock Production, 25 Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum 227 (2015).

GAO Report: Horse Welfare: Action Needed to Address Unintended Consequences from Cessation of Domestic Slaughter, GAO-11-228 (Jun 22, 2011). 




Lisa Shames, GAO Report: Humane Methods of Slaughter Act: Actions Are Needed to Strengthen Enforcement, GAO-10-203 (Feb. 2010).




General Legal Resources


Agricultural Law Resources




A documentary by Southern Foodways Alliance about Will Harris and White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Georgia. Mr. Harris discusses animal welfare issues in cattle production.

Practicing Animal Law Attorney, scholar, and Professor Pamela Vesiland teaches Farmed Animal Welfare in the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law.

2010 - present

2010 - present

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