AWI Quarterly » 2004 Spring

In May 2003, West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC), University of Minnesota, completed a new housing system for sows and piglets. Formerly a dark, smelly structure for housing pigs over a liquid manure pit, the newly remodeled building underwent a remarkable transformation. Modeled on a Swedish system, it houses pigs in amply lit rooms, amidst an abundance of straw, with plenty of room to roam, socialize, root, and give birth to their young. AWI's Farm Animal Economic Advisor Marlene Halverson contributed to the design.
Film and television star, Bo Derek was recently on Capitol Hill in support of legislation to stop the slaughter of horses.
A cow being stunned with a mechanical captive bolt. FSIS, USDA Ineffective stunning of animals is the most frequent violation of the Humane Slaughter Act (HSA) according to a General Accounting Office (GAO) Report released earlier this year.