Farm Animals

Close-up of a jersey cow

Farm Animals are regulated under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) only when used in biomedical research, testing, teaching and exhibition. Farm animals used for food and fiber or for food and fiber research are not regulated under the AWA.

Evidence and the Welfare of Farmed Animals - Part I - The Evidence Base (PDF | 71 KB)

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC).

A 2014 report that reviews the evidence base for farm animal welfare.

Pigs Farm Animal Welfare and Food Safety Fact Sheets

USDA. ARS. Livestock Behavior Research Unit.

LBRU scientists have produced the first of a series of fact sheets covering important farm animal welfare and food safety topics.

International Veterinary Information Service (IVIS)

Provides free access to online information (electronic books, proceedings, calendar of events) for veterinarians, veterinary students and animal health professionals worldwide.

States’ Farm Animal Confinement Statutes

National Agricultural Law Center.

Provides easy and free access to the farm animal confinement statutes in each state. On the map, just click the state you want to learn about!

Livestock Behavior Research Unit

USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

The mission of the Livestock Behavior Research Unit is to develop scientific measures of animal well-being, through the study of animal behavior, stress physiology, immunology, neurophysiology, and cognition, that will allow an objective evaluation of animal agricultural practices.

ARS logo Animal Well-Being and Stress Control Systems

USDA, Agricultural Research Service.

This Web site describes ARS research initiatives in the area of farm animal well-being and stress.

Farm Animal Welfare

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) United Kingdom.

Standards for welfare of animals on-farm, during transport, at markets and at slaughter.

FASS Policy Statement: Farm Animal Well-Being

Federation of Animal Science Societies.

Adopted in August 2010 by the FASS Scientific Policy Committee.

Two cows Gateway to Farm Animal Welfare

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Animal Production and Health Division.

Provides a web resource for international farm animal welfare standards, practices and policies.

Animal Well-Being Program

USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

NIFA's goal in addressing animal well-being is to provide America with abundant, safe, nutritious, and affordable food animal products, produced in ways that respect animals and the environment.

Farm Animal Welfare Reports

Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC), United Kingdom.

An independent advisory body established to review the welfare of farm animals on agricultural land, at market, in transit and at the place of slaughter.

The Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, 2012 Report (PDF | 3.5 MB)

This recent report, focused mostly on Europe, finds that as of this time, the management of farm animal welfare appears to have received much less attention than other issues on the corporate responsibility agenda.

Animal Health and Welfare in Organic Agriculture Proceedings

Network for Animal Health and Welfare in Organic Agriculture.

Network for Animal Health and Welfare in Organic Agriculture (NAHWOA). Proceedings are available online and in full text. Topics covered include defining and assessing welfare, stockmanship, preventive and alternative medicine.

Livestock Behaviour, Design of Facilities and Humane Slaughter

Colorado State University.

Provides information about welfare audits, humane slaughter of livestock, design of animal facilities, animal welfare, and behavior. Information from Dr. Temple Grandin, Department of Animal Science.

Animal Welfare Policy Statements

American Veterinary Medical Association.

Position statements covering recommendations on antimicrobial use, euthanasia, abuse, pain, and other important animal welfare concerns.

International Veterinary Information Service (IVIS)

Provides free access to online information (electronic books, proceedings, calendar of events) for veterinarians, veterinary students and animal health professionals related to farm animals. Book chapters can be printed on a desktop printer for easy reading.

The Animal Welfare Group

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Biosecurity New Zealand

Full text Codes of Practice and recommendations for minimum standards for livestock and other species are available at this site. Humane treatment of livestock during transport, slaughter, and sale yards covered.

Animal Behavior and Welfare Group

Michigan State University.

Offers students the opportunity to assess the welfare of animals maintained under different housing, husbandry and environmental conditions.

Animal Care and Food Safety

USDA. Economic Research Service.

ERS tracks animal health and welfare issues as they relate to food safety and the production and availability of animals for processing into meat.

Food Supply Veterinary Medicine

American Veterinary Medicine Association.

A clearinghouse of information on food supply veterinary medicine, including videos, links to state information, statistics, and media coverage.

Compendium of Animal Health & Welfare in Organic Farming

Duchy College, Cornwall with VEERU at The University of Reading and The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow.

This compendium is funded by DEFRA and provides information on veterinary medicine, animal health and welfare, and disease management in organic livestock production.

Beef cattle Welfare on the Farm: Treating Pain and Distress in Food Animals

American Veterinary Medical Association.

General comments regarding the current status of veterinary guidelines regarding pain in farm animals.

Harmonization of the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research


Links to pdf files of the presentations at this meeting.