Russ Daly's misleading column about animal welfare and The Humane Society of the United States was way off mark. ("Animal welfare issues: What's best for the animals?" Feb. 8 Farm Forum)
Breeding sows are so intensively confined in gestation crates that they can't even turn around, let alone walk around, for most of their lives. This is why nearly 50 major food companies, including not only Marriott but McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's have announced policies to phase them out, and nine U.S. states have banned them.
There's a growing movement against gestation crates in the agricultural sector, too. Temple Grandin, Ph.D., a renowned animal welfare expert and advisor to the meat industry, emphatically states that gestation crates "have got to go."
Regarding the felony animal cruelty law for South Dakota, while most residents of our state know that intentionally and maliciously hurting a dog, cat or horse is a serious crime, and that our pets deserve better, it is discouraging that Daly and others are fighting to keep the status quo and let animal abusers off the hook.