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Conference Addresses Animal Well-being issues

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Written Friday, March 30, 2001  

Internationally known scientists and industry leaders will gather at Purdue University April 27 to share the latest on new guidelines and research in farm animal well-being.

"This past year has seen tremendous activity in the area of animal well-being," says Ed Pajor, conference organizer and Purdue assistant professor of animal sciences.

The conference, "Animal Well-Being: Challenges and Strategies Towards Solutions," is sponsored by Purdue's Center for Food Animal Productivity and Well-Being and the United States Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service's Livestock Behavior Research Unit located at Purdue.

Targeted at agriculture and food industry leaders, the conference will focus on recent developments in animal well-being and the implications for animal agriculture in the future. Those present will share information and industry experiences in developing and implementing animal well-being guidelines, Pajor says.

"This conference will feature the most recent scientific information on animal well-being, some of the issues involved and the latest thinking on the future of animal production practices," he says.

Speakers discussing how the industry has implemented new animal well-being guidelines include Bob Langert, director of public and community affairs for McDonald's Corp.; Paul Sundberg of the National Pork Producers Council; Janet Riley of the American Meat Institute; Bob Krouse, chairman of the animal welfare committee for the United Egg Producers (UEP); and Joy Mench of the University of California Davis, who served on the UEP animal welfare committee.

Talking about the historical and ethical context of animal well-being will be conference speakers David Fraser of the University of British Columbia and Paul Thompson, a bioethicist and director of the Purdue Center for Food Animal Productivity and Well-Being.

Don Lay, USDA/ARS research unit leader, will share details about animal well-being research at Purdue.

The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Stewart Center on Purdue's West Lafayette campus. Cost is $40 and does not include lunch.

For registration information contact Donna Hufford in Purdue's Department of Animal Sciences at (765) 494-8007 or by e-mail at donnah@purdue.edu. There is no registration deadline, but advance registration is preferred.

More conference information is available at the Department of Animal Sciences' Web site at http://www.ansc.purdue.edu/events.htm.

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