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Livestock and Animal Welfare

Research by Topic: Animal Feeding Operations
National Agricultural Law Center
This website provides information about animal feeding operations, often referred to as confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), and explains how they are regulated under the Clean Water Act and other applicable statutes.  The page contains links to the major statutes, regulations, case law, and administrative decisions concerning animal feeding operations, among other resources.


Industrial Food Animal Production Project
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for a Livable Future
This website provides links to peer-reviewed research papers, reports, and other resources generated by the Industrial Food Animal Production Project.  The purpose of the project is to “address [the ills of industrial meat production] by contributing to the state of peer-reviewed knowledge and communicating findings to policymakers and advocates, working with communities burdened by food animal production operations, and by translating science for persons in the media for rapid dissemination.”


Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Environmental Health Services
This website contains links to reports and other resources examining the connections between livestock production and environmental health.


Tax Protests for Properties Near Factory Farms
Environmental & Natural Law Clinic at Vermont Law School
This website provides resources to property owners who live near a factory farm and wish to challenge their property tax assessment because they believe the assessor did not adequately consider the factory farm’s presence.  Resources include state-specific information and a factory farm impact fact sheet, among others.


UrbanAgLaw Topics: Animals and Livestock
Sustainable Economies Law Center
This website provides an overview of the laws governing food-producing animals (FPAs), including information on zoning, animal welfare laws, public health laws, and nuisance laws.