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March 26, 2013

CONTACT: Kent Love, director of communications, 517-432-6959; kent.love@law.msu.edu

Journal of Animal & Natural Resource Law Hosts Symposium on Poultry Confinement

The Michigan State University College of Law Journal of Animal & Natural Resource Law hosts a symposium entitled “Chicken Farming in the 21st Century: A Look at the Legal, Ethical, & Environmental Concerns Associated with Poultry Confinement” on Thursday, April 4, 2013.

This symposium will analyze the current environmental issues and welfare concerns that arise out of poultry confinement. The event will address the legal, ethical, and environmental issues that arise out of both egg-laying hen operations and broiler chickens raised for meat. It seeks to foster further discussion on how to improve the quality of life of chickens while still meeting the growing population’s food demands.

Discussion topics will include animal welfare, the ethics of poultry confinement, avian disease, waste management, water pollution, nutrient management, human health, and the impact of state and federal laws on poultry operations.

Presenters include:

  • Karen Chou, Toxicology Group, MSU Department of Animal Science
  • Bradley N. Deacon, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Jill Fritz, Humane Society of the United States
  • Lynn Henning, Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club
  • Janice Siegford, Animal Behavior & Welfare Group, MSU Department of Animal Science
  • Paul B. Thompson, MSU College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

The event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. in MSU Law’s Castle Board Room. More information is available at www.law.msu.edu/chicken.

The Journal of Animal & Natural Resource Law was the second legal journal on animal law established in North America. It remains one of only three in existence dedicated to the specialized topic.

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