WASHINGTON, DC, October 24, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- The food production industry is one that has undergone a great deal of scrutiny for many reasons, but one of the main concerns, according to Robin Ganzert, is the treatment of animals. As the president and CEO of the American Humane Association, Ganzert has devoted her time and energy to fighting for the proper care of farm animals. Ultimately, her work has made great strides in this field, but there is still much to be done. According to an article
published by veterinarynews.dvm360.com, the battle lines are being drawn with regard to large-scale food production.
The article explains: "It looks like 2014 is shaping up to be a hot year in the legislative kitchen. Animal welfare and rights organizations are involved in both companion and food animal issues. But it is food animals drawing splashy attention this month. On Sept. 24, the ASPCA released a new blog, 'The Truth About Chicken,' which is an aggressive challenge to large-scale production of chicken for human consumption. For some time the ASPCA's position on 'corporate farming' has aligned with that of the HSUS and, to a degree, PETA."
The article goes on to note that these organizations support the overhaul of large-scale food animal production. They are proponents of significantly changing or even abandoning current practices in order to avoid the inhumane and cruel treatment of animals.
While the attitudes of these organizations may make it seem as though there is no hope for the large-scale food animal industry, the article asserts that the American Humane Association (AHA) has actually taken steps to improve the field. Through its American Human Certification Program, the AHA has certified nearly 10 percent of the farm animals currently being raised, which totals almost one billion animals that are being treated humanely within the food production sphere.
"Treating animals well is essential in creating a sustainable, ethical food production industry," Robin Ganzert asserts. "We believe, at the AHA, that it is important to blend ethical decisions with scientific research and proven best practices. Implementing animal care programs based upon these foundational factors is the only way to ensure that animals that are raised for human consumption aren't treated like food from the beginning. Yes, these animals are destined to become food, but this doesn't mean that their lives must be lived in the agony that is found in many large-scale farming environments. They can enjoy quality lives no matter what their place on the food chain."
Robin Ganzert encourages farming professionals to seek certification as a way to improve their practices and create higher ethical standards with regard to food production.
As president and CEO of the American Humane Association, Robin Ganzert has leveraged her leadership and business experience to expand the operations of the organization--and increase the number of animals and children that it protects--since assuming this position in 2010. Ultimately, the organization has become a more integral player in the animal rights field, as Robin Ganzert has spearheaded the establishment of several new initiatives, including the Hero Dog Awards, No Animals Were Harmed, Red Star, Wags4Patriots, and the Humane Heroes Club. Passionate about protecting animals and children, Ganzert is also interested in exploring the strength of the child-animal bond and leveraging the relationships between animals and humans to fight for the ethical treatment of innocent lives.