Why are there so many undercover videos showing abuse of farm animals?

We wish we could say that animals were never mistreated. It’s an issue that upsets farmers and ranchers, as most give their animals optimum care to ensure safety and health. It is in the best interest of farmers and ranchers to take care of their animals, but when a single bad actor is caught on camera, it gains attention and saddens the rest of the agriculture community.

USFRA does not tolerate animal abuse, and anyone performing these acts towards animals is subject prosecution under the law. USFRA supports quality assurance programs, created to help farmers and ranchers stay up to date with the best management practices for the wellbeing of their farm animals. Some examples include: 

  • Beef Quality Assurance® (cattle farmer and rancher funded) program outlines recommendations, training and a code of ethics for raising beef cattle. The program provides ranchers with the latest management techniques and promotes a commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry.
  • Pork Quality Assurance® program, created by the National Pork Board more than 20 years ago, provides the latest knowledge on animal care and the use of animal health products. We Care® initiative also helps farmers who are involved in the care of pigs learn how to conduct themselves and to make sure they are doing the right thing every day.
  • The National Dairy FARM Program®, created by the National Milk Producer’s Federation, assists dairy farmers with committing to the highest standards of animal care and quality assurance.
  • National Chicken Council provides standards for their farmers and ranchers and also trains third-party auditors on their standards.

USFRA Point of View

Animal safety, health and comfort are top priorities for farmers and ranchers. They care deeply about their animals and take pride in how they provide for them. There are many different types of housing, diet and overall management practices when it comes to raising animals for food. USFRA supports... Read more