Farmers around the U.S. have begun taking proactive steps to update and improve the animal welfare polices they practice on their ranches, after receiving pressure from the U.S. Humane Society.
In 2008, California passed a proposition to create laws against sow crates, veal farming and caged chickens, FarmAndDairy.com reports. Since then, the Humane Society has launched a campaign in many states to bring about similar changes in states' agricultural policies.
Consequently, Kentucky, Idaho and Indiana are looking to create boards that have the right to create and amend livestock care standards. Meanwhile, the Livestock Care Standards Board has already been seated.
Most recently, agricultural community members of Pennsylvania have entered the mix.
David Wolfgang, of the Penn State Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, told the news source, "[The Humane Society] has helped us to realize we needed to change our ways a little bit."
He added, "The 'same old, same old' philosophy just won't work."
Members a local Humane Society have since joined the Pennsylvania Agriculture Alliance to help members of the Department of Agriculture, Centers for Dairy Excellence and Beef Excellence and other agricultural groups create new livestock treatment standards.
According to the Farmland Information Center, a total of 63,163 independent farms operate in Pennsylvania.