Purdue animal welfare specialist to sit on video review panel
A Purdue University associate professor of animal sciences will participate in a new Center for Food Integrity panel to review videos taken by animal-rights groups alleging animal mistreatment.
The panel is composed of animal experts who will examine video footage and report to the public with a professional analysis. Candace Croney will serve from both animal welfare science and ethics perspectives.
"When undercover videos surface, there's either no industry response or some people are skeptical about the response because there's a perceived conflict of interest," Croney said. "The goal of the panel is to gather people who have expertise in animal science, welfare and ethics who can quickly respond from an informed, independent perspective to the concerns raised about animal welfare."
The Center for Food Integrity also hopes the panel will promote continuous improvement in animal care and provide information for a more informed public discussion of the issues.
This panel is the first of its kind and will focus on the pork industry. The center says it plans to create future panels for other livestock sectors. Each group will include an animal scientist, a veterinarian and an ethicist.
In addition to Croney, panelists are Colorado State University animal scientist Temple Grandin and Tom Burkgren, veterinarian and executive director for the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.
The Center for Food Integrity, based in Gladstone, Mo., is a non-profit organization that seeks to build consumer trust in the food system. Members represent every segment of the food system. For more information, visit http://www.foodintegrity.org