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10 October 2013

Animal Welfare, Market Power and Tangential Interests

In this commentary, the author discusses the recent publication by Kamila Lis (Coalitions in the Jungle), an article which summarizes the situation of farm animal welfare in the United States over the course of the 20th Century. Lis´ vision of the history of farm animal welfare is closely correlated with the rise, descent and resurrection of market power concentration of meat packing and processing industry. The author of the commentary discusses how the externalities from this concentration are imposed on to many actors outside the industry and that these could be fertile ground for cooperative work among advocates for animal welfare even though it may entail collaborating with groups with only tangential interests.
Author/Organization: derecho Animal (dA) - D. Parsons
Year: 2013
Topics: marketing, meat production, welfare on the farm