Regulating Animal Use
In the face of significant routine harm to animals in the economy, it is common for advocates to call for stricter government regulation of animal industries. Many activists and scholars have asked for stricter standards for using animals in experiments, if not complete abolition. Others have called for stricter enforcement of animal cruelty laws, especially regarding pet breeding facilities. Most notably, perhaps, there has been a sustained movement calling for changes to industrial animal agriculture, either by expanding the living space that animals are given, limiting the use of antibiotics, eliminating practices such as de-beaking and forced molting, or making animals’ living conditions more similar to a natural habitat. In many of these cases, people have sought to use the power of the state to place limits on human use of animals. In some cases activists have sought to eliminate the most harmful practices.