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Statement on Proposition 2, Standards for Confining Farm Animals

October 15, 2008

The University of California, School of Veterinary Medicine is dedicated to generating and disseminating science-based information on all issues related to animal welfare, animal health, food safety, and the role of animals in society.  The School does not take a position on ballot measures, in this case Proposition 2, Standards for Confining Farm Animals, as the nature of our work is to serve all animals, animal owners and animal producers.  We work to create new knowledge through research, to train the next generation of veterinarians, to provide diagnostic testing, and to develop new health and welfare strategies.

University policy does allow individual faculty to express their support or opposition to ballot measures and permits employees to accurately state their affiliation with the University (i.e. faculty title).  While we would prefer that faculty not use the university’s name at all, it is the responsibility of the individual to provide an appropriate disclaimer concerning the University’s involvement in the matter.

A recent advertisement in support of Proposition 2 featured a UC faculty member and showed disturbing images of livestock and poultry handling.  Her participation and views expressed in the ad has created an impression that she represented the School and the University.  This is absolutely incorrect; she represents her personal views only and not those of the University.  Although I regret that a clearer disclaimer was not provided by the campaign, she did comply with University policy by including a disclaimer statement in the advertisement.

The use of these images is not representative of California’s livestock and poultry operations.  Faculty within the School are dedicated to working with animal producers in their effort to humanely care for and raise their animals in a safe environment conducive to good food safety practices.
Bennie I. Osburn
Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine
University of California, Davis