Livestock production and the way farm animals are raised have changed significantly. No one has greater concern for the care and welfare of farm animals than the farmers who raise them.
We urge Farm Bureau members to respond knowledgeably to misleading information on animal care. We urge members to understand the difference between organizations that support sound science and animal care versus those that are promoting animal rights and attempting to eliminate or greatly restrict livestock production in the United States. Members should continue to tell the success story of modern animal agriculture wherever the opportunity is found. A number of laws now exist for safeguarding the proper care of livestock and, if properly enforced, will provide the necessary protection livestock need.
The livestock and dairy industry in Michigan is an integral part of our agricultural economy and needs access to private property rights and privacy laws. Laws appearing to limit free speech or give the perception that agriculture has something to hide may not be the appropriate way to deal with certain issues impacting the industry. We strongly support transparency by all people involved.
We believe persons who witness animal care practices that are not in compliance with the Care of Farm Animals Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPs) and are believed to be animal cruelty, should report those findings in a timely manner to the appropriate authorities so proper action may be taken. Those persons who do not report such abuses or hold and release videos in a manner that is done for personal benefit or simply to promote a group and their cause should be swiftly prosecuted and appropriately fined and sentenced.