The newly formed Center for Food Animal Wellbeing, which is part of the University of Arkansas System's Division of Agriculture, will host its first annual symposium August 18 on advances and current issues in food animal wellbeing. The symposium will be held on the University of Arkansas' Fayetteville campus and registration is free.
Speakers and their topics for the one day event include Mike Morris, animal welfare manager for YUM brands which represents the retail food outlets Kentucky Fried Chicken, Long John Silvers, A&W Root Beer and Taco Bell, "Retailer's views on animal welfare;" Dorothy McKeegan, senior lecturer with the University of Glasgow's Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, "Emergency depopulation of poultry;" John McGlone, director of the Pork Industry Institute at Texas Tech University, "Transportation of swine;" Elizabeth S. Rumley, staff attorney for the National Agricultural Law Center, "Legal aspects of antibiotic use in confinement agriculture;" Kay Johnson-Smith, executive vice president, Animal Agriculture Alliance, "The organization's view;" Gerry R. Huff, USDA Agricultural Research Service, "Disease and stress in turkeys;" and Joe Regenstein, Cornell University, "Religious slaughter."
The goal for the Center for Food Animal Wellbeing is to improve animal health, animal handling, food safety and productivity by developing and defining objective measurements of wellbeing including measures of behaviour, stress physiology, neurophysiology, immunology, microbiology and production efficiency.
Source: University of Arkansas