The American Meat Institute's (AMI) new Web site — www.animalhandling.org — aims to be a resource for the meat industry, public and media about animal handling in meat plants, AMI says.

Included is the AMI Foundation's (AMIF) “Recommended Animal Handling Guidelines and Audit Guide, 2005 edition,” written by animal handling expert, Temple Grandin. The guide, considered the gold standard for animal handling and auditing worldwide, is a free download.

The site also includes sections on animal welfare auditing, animal handling training materials, a section on animal welfare vs. animal rights, an explanation of federal requirements for animal welfare in meat plants and a series of photos that illustrate animal handling in meat plants.