The health and welfare of animals is an important consideration of NASDA. Raising healthy animals is the foundation to a safe, wholesome and nutritious food supply. The increased demand for U.S. meat and poultry products has, at times, revealed policy conflicts regarding animal production practices.
NASDA strives to ensure that science-based approaches serve as a foundation for resolving policy questions. To this end, basic and applied animal health protection and disease control research remains critical to ensure the well-being of animals while maintaining affordability and competitiveness of American animal agriculture. In addition, because of their “front-line” position when a disease incursion strikes, NASDA defends the rights of states to adopt and enforce statutes, regulations, policies that may be more restrictive than federal requirements in order to have necessary protections of animal health and animal industries in their state.