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Bad Advice from the USDA

U.S. Department of Agriculture research facility at North Dakota State University, in Fargo, N.D. on Monday, April 29, 2013. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.

In a recently published article in the Ohio State Law Journal, Delcianna Winders criticizes the Department of Agriculture’s habit of issuing warnings instead of levying punishments to enforce the Animal Welfare Act (AWA); highlighting both the lack of empirical evidence that warnings actually lead to institutional change, as well as the fact that, overall, actions to enforce the AWA have dwindled in recent years. Winders takes the USDA to task for neglecting its responsibility to provide ethical leadership for food, agriculture, and other related industries in a manner that leaves animal lives in particular in severe jeopardy. Continue reading “Bad Advice from the USDA”