ANIMAL CARE: New Coalition Will Help Prevent Abuse

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A new effort to make sure farm animals in Iowa are well cared for is up and running.

Agriculture leaders and animal care groups have teamed up to create the Iowa Farm Animal Care Coalition in an effort to reduce the number of animal emergency and neglect cases in Iowa.  

Anyone can call their help line to get tips or report a concern.  Experts from Iowa State University’s colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture and Life Sciences will look into the claims.  They will begin by calling the farmer and getting permission to check out the situation and then suggest any necessary changes.

“It’s all confidential, and nobody is forced to take the recommendations. We are just trying to assist the farmers and improve animal care,” said Dr. Suzanne Millman Associate Professor of Animal Welfare.

This is the first coalition of its kind in the United States; it is modeled after two successful operations in Canada.

They hope to be able to answer questions about farm animal care as well as ensure all Iowa farm animals benefit from the latest science-based animal care standards. 

The number to the help line is 1-800-252-0577.