Some Good News In NJ Farm Animals Case

Critter News

Thanks to Farmed Animal Net for this information from August 8. In a unanimous decision, New Jersey’s Supreme Court rejected a broad challenge by animal protection advocates to the state’s rules on the care of farmed animals) but struck down regulations that regard husbandry practices as being “humane” merely because they are routine. The court upheld regulations permitting pig and calf confinement, the transport of ill and injured cattle, and force molting of birds.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: Re “ Don’t Presume to Know a Pig’s Mind ” (Op-Ed, Feb. 20): Blake Hurst, a former hog farmer and president of the Missouri Farm Bureau, cautions that “we can’t ask the pigs what they think.” People who study pigs say they are as intelligent as a 3-year-old child, smarter even than the dogs we share our homes with. 21, 2012 To the Editor: Blake Hurst’s observations about happy pigs and unhappy farmers aren’t about the well-being of either.