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Ani Farmed Animmaall WWeellffaarree SSttaannddaarrddss && TTTTIIPP:: 
CCoommppaassssiioonn aanndd SSaaffeettyy 
AArree NNo...
NNPPPPCC SSaayyss...... 
● "In order to achieve the same outcome for U.S. 
pork with the EU that the U.S. has reached with...
SScciieennccee BBaasseedd?? 
AAnniimmaall wweellffaarree iiss sscciieennccee--bbaasseedd..
NPCC Lobby Positions on 
Animal Welfare and TTIP 
Contradict Its Public 
Relations Efforts 
While actively lobbying agains...
Who is NPCC Speaking for? 
Not Most US Consumers 
Eighty percent (80%) of respondents to a 
survey conducted by Consumers ...
Roughly two-thirds (69%) of a 
sample of 1,003 American 
adults said they prioritize animal 
welfare as a significant fact...
US Pork's Agenda: 
The Lowest Standards Possible 
US pork's support for 
US “science-based” 
standards is 
disingenuous. W...
The NAFTA 
FLU 
The outbreak of 
Swine Flu (H1N1) in 
the US has been 
traced to a hog farm 
in Mexico owned by 
agribusin...
By eliminating agricultural tariffs between Mexico and the US, 
NAFTA allowed Smithfield to ship subsidized, untariffed li...
WWhhyy LLiibbeerraalliizzee AAnniimmaall PPrroodduuccttss?? 
● - Liberalization benefits agribusiness 
multinationals, not...
Mexican Health && tthhee NNAAFFTTAA EEffffeecctt 
“Trade liberalization... plays a huge role in what food is accessible in...
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RReeccoommmmeennddss LLeessss AAnniimmaall 
PPrroodduucctt CCoonnss...
HHIISSTTOORRYY OOFF UUSS AATTTTAACCKKSS OONN EEUURROOPPEEAANN 
FFOOOODD SSAAFFEETTYY AANNDD AANNIIMMAALL WWEELLFFAARREE 
S...
WTO THREAT 
DESTROYS EU FUR 
BAN
-- IInn 11999955 tthhee EEUU 
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aaggaaiinnsstt tthhee 
vviicciioouuss sstteeeell jjaaww...
WWTTOO BBlloocckkss HHoorrmmoonnee BBaann 
- The WTO ruled 
against a 1989 EU 
health ban on 
bovine products 
with growth...
Another WWTTOO CChhaalllleennggee PPuuttss FFoooodd 
SSaaffeettyy aatt RRiisskk 
- In 1997, the EU banned US poultry, beca...
IINNVVEESSTTOORR-- 
SSTTAATTEE:: 
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FFUUTTUURREE 
RREEGGUULLAATTIIOONN
TThhee CCaassee ffoorr UUppwwaarrdd 
HHaarrmmoonniizzaattiioonn 
● Corporate animal producers with a demonstrated history ...
FFaarrmmeedd AAnniimmaall WWeellffaarree:: GGrroossssllyy 
UUnnddeerrrreegguullaatteedd iinn tthhee UUSS 
“As the name imp...
TTTTIIPP:: AAnn OOppppoorrttuunniittyy 
ttoo PPrrootteecctt FFaarrmmeedd AAnniimmaallss 
Strong federal legislation protec...
EEUU''ss 55 FFrreeeeddoommss 
CChhaalllleennggee SSttaannddaarrdd UUSS 
AAggrriiccuullttuurraall PPrraaccttiicceess 
● Fre...
High Standards Trade Deal... 
or NAFTA on Steroids?
(718) 218-4523 
info@gjae.org 
http://gjae.org 
Defending animals; the environment; safe, just, and 
sustainable food, and...
Farmed Animal Welfare Standards & the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
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Farmed Animal Welfare Standards & the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

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A presentation on why TTIP should raise US farmed animal welfare standards to EU levels rather than lowering EU standards to accommodate US exports.

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Farmed Animal Welfare Standards & the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

  1. 1. Ani Farmed Animmaall WWeellffaarree SSttaannddaarrddss && TTTTIIPP:: CCoommppaassssiioonn aanndd SSaaffeettyy AArree NNoott TTrraaddee IIrrrriittaannttss!!
  2. 2. NNPPPPCC SSaayyss...... ● "In order to achieve the same outcome for U.S. pork with the EU that the U.S. has reached with all other FTA partners – complete open trade –EU import duties on pork must be eliminated and all non-tariff barriers, including sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) restrictions, must be removed. Furthermore, U.S. negotiators must avoid introduction into the negotiations of other potential non-science based proposals by the EU that could, if implemented, act as major impediments to trade (e.g., animal welfare measures)....
  3. 3. SScciieennccee BBaasseedd?? AAnniimmaall wweellffaarree iiss sscciieennccee--bbaasseedd..
  4. 4. NPCC Lobby Positions on Animal Welfare and TTIP Contradict Its Public Relations Efforts While actively lobbying against the including of animal welfare standards in free trade agreements, NPCC engated in deceptive PR campaigns like We Care and Pork Quality Assurance plus designed to assuage public concerns about hog welfare, leading to a suit against NPCC by the Huamane Society of the US for FTC Act violations: “The pork industry spends millions misleading the public about its animal welfare record, while allowing pigs to be crammed into tiny gestation crates where they can’t even turn around for months on end,” says senior vice president for animal protection litigation at The HSUS. “Rather than investing in real animal welfare reforms, the Pork Council is betting the farm on a deceptive PR campaign designed to mislead consumers with false assurances.” - Jonathan Lovvorn, Humane Society of the United States
  5. 5. Who is NPCC Speaking for? Not Most US Consumers Eighty percent (80%) of respondents to a survey conducted by Consumers Reports said they want good living conditions for animals raised for food. —Bopp S, It’s Only Natural, But What Does That Mean?, Drovers CattleNetwork, Aug. 27, 2014. http://www.cattlenetwork.com/cattle-news/Its-only-natural-but-what-does-that- mean--272860091.html.
  6. 6. Roughly two-thirds (69%) of a sample of 1,003 American adults said they prioritize animal welfare as a significant factor in deciding what foods to buy. The survey was conducted by ORC International in February 2014 for the 2014 Cone Communications Food Issues Trend Tracker. —Fielding M, Consumers Want Companies to Provide More Sustainable Food Options, Meatingplace, Mar. 17, 2014. http://www.meatingplace.com/Industry/ News/Details/48824.
  7. 7. US Pork's Agenda: The Lowest Standards Possible US pork's support for US “science-based” standards is disingenuous. When given the opportunity, the pork industry seeks LOOSER regulatory environments than the US standards it claims to support.
  8. 8. The NAFTA FLU The outbreak of Swine Flu (H1N1) in the US has been traced to a hog farm in Mexico owned by agribusiness giant Smithfield, built subsequent to the passage of NAFTA.
  9. 9. By eliminating agricultural tariffs between Mexico and the US, NAFTA allowed Smithfield to ship subsidized, untariffed livestock feed to Mexico and then to export its products back into the US without tariffs. This allowed Smithfield to lower costs by escaping US environmental regulations (and by paying workers lower wages).
  10. 10. WWhhyy LLiibbeerraalliizzee AAnniimmaall PPrroodduuccttss?? ● - Liberalization benefits agribusiness multinationals, not family farms. ● - Animal product prices are already distorted by livestock feed subsidies. ● - Liberalization is intended to drive down consumer costs, allowing increased consumption, but the rate of animal production consumption is already too high in Europe and the US, driving up healthcare costs and exacerbating climate change.
  11. 11. Mexican Health && tthhee NNAAFFTTAA EEffffeecctt “Trade liberalization... plays a huge role in what food is accessible in developing countries. After NAFTA was implemented in 1994, the number of unhealthy food products from the United States to Mexico increased substantially. A spike also took place in the amount of raw soy and corn imports: two products used to make highly processed foods and feed livestock. In 2011, Mexicans consumed 172 liters per capita of Coke, compared to the 1991 pre- NAFTA level of 69 liters per capita. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the consumption of animal fat in Mexico increased from about 34.7 grams per capita per day in 1991 to 46.9 grams per capita per day in 2009. A recent study linked these and other resulting dietary changes with an unsettlingly high 12 percent increase in obesity in Mexico between 2000 and 2006. Though obviously an unintended consequence of NAFTA, this shows that trade can actually impact public health.” - Mexico: Public Health, Rising Obesity and the NAFTA Effect by Judy Bankman, MPH, New York University, writing at civileats.com
  12. 12. IIPPCCCC FFiifftthh AAsssseessssmmeenntt RReeppoorrtt RReeccoommmmeennddss LLeessss AAnniimmaall PPrroodduucctt CCoonnssuummppttiioonn “GHG emissions may be reduced through changes in food demand without jeopardizing health and well‐being by (1) reducing losses and wastes of food in the supply chain as well as during final consumption; (2) changing diets towards less GHG‐intensive food, e.g., substitution of animal products with plant‐based food, while quantitatively and qualitatively maintaining adequate protein content, in regions with high animal product consumption; and (3) reduction of overconsumption in regions where this is prevalent”. IPCC 5th Assessment Report "Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change' – Working Group III Report - Chapter 11: Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU)
  13. 13. HHIISSTTOORRYY OOFF UUSS AATTTTAACCKKSS OONN EEUURROOPPEEAANN FFOOOODD SSAAFFEETTYY AANNDD AANNIIMMAALL WWEELLFFAARREE SSTTAANNDDAARRDDSS AATT TTHHEE WWTTOO
  14. 14. WTO THREAT DESTROYS EU FUR BAN
  15. 15. -- IInn 11999955 tthhee EEUU ppaasssseedd lleeggiissllaattiioonn aaggaaiinnsstt tthhee vviicciioouuss sstteeeell jjaaww lleegg hhoolldd ttrraapp aanndd bbaannnneedd tthhee iimmppoorrtt ooff ffuurr ffrroomm nnaattiioonnss tthhaatt uusseedd tthheemm.. -- TThhee UUSS tthhrreeaatteenneedd aa WWTTOO cchhaalllleennggee aanndd tthhee EEUU bbaacckkeedd ddoowwnn..
  16. 16. WWTTOO BBlloocckkss HHoorrmmoonnee BBaann - The WTO ruled against a 1989 EU health ban on bovine products with growth-promoting hormones. - The EU has been paying trade ban concessions to the US rather than harm the heath of EU citizens.
  17. 17. Another WWTTOO CChhaalllleennggee PPuuttss FFoooodd SSaaffeettyy aatt RRiisskk - In 1997, the EU banned US poultry, because US poultry producers wash chickens in low-concentration chlorine before selling them. - The US brought a WTO challenge against the ban.
  18. 18. IINNVVEESSTTOORR-- SSTTAATTEE:: AA CCHHIILLLLIINNGG EEFFFFEECCTT OONN FFUUTTUURREE RREEGGUULLAATTIIOONN
  19. 19. TThhee CCaassee ffoorr UUppwwaarrdd HHaarrmmoonniizzaattiioonn ● Corporate animal producers with a demonstrated history of cutting corners on safety, treatment of workers, welfare of animals, and environmental impacts should not be deciding how it is regulated. ● The lobbying power of animal industries have kept them underregulated, despite strong public support for tighter regulation. ● When given the opportunity via ballot measures, US voters have chosen to ban agricultural practices that cause animal suffering, despite massive advertising campaigns from industry aimed at convincing consumers that regulation will increase consumer price.
  20. 20. FFaarrmmeedd AAnniimmaall WWeellffaarree:: GGrroossssllyy UUnnddeerrrreegguullaatteedd iinn tthhee UUSS “As the name implies, the Humane Slaughter Act only pertains to the treatment of animals before and during slaughter. In fact, there is no federal law that regulates the treatment of food animal while they are living on the farm. It is necessary to look to the individual states for possible protections. Every state has an animal anti-cruelty statute. Thirty of these statutes exempt all or some customary farm practices form regulation; twenty-five states exempt all customary farming practices. This ensures that in twenty-five states, animals raised for food while on the farm are generally without protection. Many customary farming practices are cruel and painful to animals and without these exemptions, the practices would be violations of cruelty statutes.” - Paige M. Tomaselli, Detailed Discussion of International Comparative Animal Cruelty Laws, Animal Legal and Historical Center, Michigan State University College of Law
  21. 21. TTTTIIPP:: AAnn OOppppoorrttuunniittyy ttoo PPrrootteecctt FFaarrmmeedd AAnniimmaallss Strong federal legislation protecting farmed animals is LONG overdue in the US. ● Birds, by far the animals killed in the greatest numbers in US slaughterhouses, are exempted from the Humane Slaughter Act. ● Animals deserve protection for their full lives, not just at the moment of slaughter. ● The US should use TTIP as an opportunity to adopt Europe's higher standards, including the 5 freedoms principle and such specific measures as a ban on ow tethers and gestation crates, a ban on tethers and isolated housing for veal calves, a ban on the introduction of new battery cage, space requirements for hens in current battery operations, and bans on the use of growth hormones and milk boosting hormones (rBST). Instead of pressuring Europe to accept meat from animals fed Ractopamine, the US should join the 160 natons that have banned this dangerous drug!
  22. 22. EEUU''ss 55 FFrreeeeddoommss CChhaalllleennggee SSttaannddaarrdd UUSS AAggrriiccuullttuurraall PPrraaccttiicceess ● Freedom from hunger and thirst ● Freedom from discomfort ● Freedom from pain, injury and disease ● Freedom to behave normally ● Freedom from fear and distress
  23. 23. High Standards Trade Deal... or NAFTA on Steroids?
  24. 24. (718) 218-4523 info@gjae.org http://gjae.org Defending animals; the environment; safe, just, and sustainable food, and the human rights of environmental defenders in the global economy.

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