The University of California has established a new advisory council to review animal-welfare issues in animal agriculture. 

Chaired by Daniel M. Dooley, the university's president for agriculture and natural resources , the council is comprised of veterinarians, animal science professionals, and other experts from the University of California system, the CaliforniaStateUniversity system, ColoradoStateUniversity and the private sector. The council was created to promote the development of recommendations based on sound science to improve the welfare of livestock and poultry. 

"The UC Animal Welfare Council brings together broad perspectives and specialized expertise to address the humane care and treatment of agricultural animals, while supporting the efforts of producers to provide safe and healthy food products for society," says Bennie Osburn, dean of the University of California-Davis school of veterinary medicine and vice chair of the council.

Read more about the new advisory council.