My understanding of organic livestock production is not that it requires
that treatment be withheld from suffering animals, but that alternative
therapies consistent with organic standards be used instead, as long as the
animal is to be marketed as organic. The option is always left open to
treat the animal conventionally if the farmer feels the necessity. That
animal could no longer be marketed as organic, but the decision to treat
and how to treat remains at all times with the farmer.
Beth von Gunten
Ventura County, California
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