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Commercial livestock producers tend to view animal advocacy as restrictions on their right to provide income for their families. Animal advocates argue that animal well being has a public value which is at least as important as the pursuit of private profit. The public policy issue is where to draw the line between animal well being, the pursuit of private profit, and the cost of regulation to consumers. The likely policy outcome is increased regulation of the well being of commercial livestock, but the regulations will have only limited economic effect on livestock producers.

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