The USDA is creating a Roadmap for Agriculture Research, Education and Extension, which is a great opportunity for people who care about the welfare of animals to speak out on their behalf.
From Farm Sanctuary,
The USDA’s research and education agenda needs to get with the times. Until now, animal welfare research funding has come from the factory farming industry itself, resulting in biased and unreliable studies that fail to adequately consider animal interests. The USDA is in the best position to change this – by reviving and increasing funding for animal welfare education and research that focuses on the interests and needs of the animals themselves rather than their usefulness to humans. That means looking at factors like natural behaviors and stress rather than how rapidly an animal grows and puts on weight for slaughter, and making sure that ethics is a central consideration.