The issue of farm animal care in research is currently the subject of much discussion and debate in Washington, DC and around the country. To help clarify policies and procedures related to farm animal care and available resources, FASS, publisher of the Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching (FASS Ag Guide) hosted a webinar entitled "The Role of the FASS Ag Guide in Farm Animal Research". The webinar was moderated by Ken Odde, Head of the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University and FASS Science Policy Committee member. FASS Washington Representative Lowell Randel discussed the current situation in Washington, DC related to animal care policy discussions. John McGlone, Professor at Texas Tech University and Chair of the FASS Animal Care Committee, and Chris Newcomer, Executive Director of AAALAC International addressed the history and applications of the Animal Welfare Act and the FASS Ag Guide as well as the implications of potential policy changes. The webinar was well attended, with over 65 participants from government, industry and academia. A recording of the webinar will be posted on the FASS website in the near future.
The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board (NAREEE Board) held a public meeting on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time to hear the summary of findings and recommendations on the review of the animal handling, care, and welfare at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (U.S. MARC). The review was conducted by a task force appointed by USDA in response to allegations of improper animal care at U.S. MARC. The task force issued a report which is available at www.ree.usda.gov. The NAREEE Board also hear about stakeholder input received regarding the draft report of the task force. More information on the meeting can be found here.