This little beauty will be quite a bit different than any of my previous columns. This is about an organization calling itself Global Animal Partnership (GAP). The organization is headquartered in Washington, D.C. Members of the board include Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the U.S. and Steven Gross from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Neither of these groups are friends of animal agriculture. While USDA's Ag Marketing Service says this group's five-step approach was a natural extension of the Organic Standards, some of the standards can be considered ridiculous. These include: no cattle shall go through an auction barn, no cow shall be hauled within 12 weeks of calving, and no rodents in the barn (I can’t seem to keep them out of my house!)

GAP's stated goal is to facilitate and encourage improvement in animal agriculture. Sounds something LIKE the government man that stops by the ranch and says, "I'm here to help you."

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