Animal Health & Well-being
CLA supports the retention of authority for the importation of all animals (domestic livestock, alternative livestock or exotic animals) with the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) and specifically, the State Veterinarian’s Office. This authority would pertain to the transfer of animals into or out of Colorado, or into or out of endemic areas within Colorado.
As an association of livestock producers, we at CLA recognize our moral obligations to the animals under our care. In addition to good husbandry, these obligations on occasion include providing a humane death (euthanasia) to animals in cases where sickness or injury may preclude treatment. The method of euthanasia must minimize pain and distress to the animals. We pledge to acquire knowledge of what are and are not proper methods of euthanasia and train appropriate personnel. We endorse the protocol as set forth in the 2013 Edition of the American Veterinarian Medical Association Guidelines for Euthanasia of Animals.
Animal Care Code of Ethics
We are devoted to the animals in our care. We therefore affirm our obligation to provide responsible animal care using sound animal husbandry practices, based on practical experience and scientific research. Because all species of livestock are produced in diverse environments and geographic locations, we recognize there is no single set of production practices that can be recommended for all livestock producers. Personal experience, training, best practices and professional judgment can serve as valuable resources for providing appropriate animal care for the well-being of livestock and worker safety. To that end we commit to:
¨ Provide ready access to fresh water and adequate nutrition.
¨ Follow applicable disease, injury prevention and treatment practices to ensure herd health.
¨ Provide a species appropriate environment.
¨ Using appropriate methods to humanely euthanize terminally sick or injured livestock and minimize the animal’s pain and distress. Whether death occurs by euthanasia or natural causes, remains should be disposed of by approved methods that will minimize risk of disease and infection to people or to other animals.
¨ Provide personnel with training to properly handle and care for livestock.
¨ Keep updated on advancements, research and changes in the industry and make decisions based upon sound production practices with consideration for animal well-being.
¨ Provide facilities and handling practices that allow for the safe, humane, and efficient movement and/or restraint of livestock.
The willful mistreatment or abuse of livestock is not acceptable under any circumstances.