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Farm Animals

In the United States, most livestock production industries have developed and implemented science-based animal care guidelines in response to consumer concerns that animals being raised for food or fiber production are treated humanely. Assurances that animals are being raised according to these guidelines are provided through voluntary third-party audits rather than legislation. The information on these pages provide links to animal husbandry guidelines, animal welfare audit overviews, humane certification programs, food industry animal welfare policies, and related international policies.

Farm animal disease resources featuring Avian Influenza, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), Foot-and-Mouth Disease, and West Nile Virus.

Information resources on horses.