Degrees in animal science are plentiful at North Dakota State, though not everyone thinks they should be.
David Cantor, executive director of Responsible Policies for Animals, recently wrote a petition letter requesting the end of NDSU’s animal science program.
Cantor sent the petition letter to President Dean Bresciani, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, The Spectrum and attempted to contact the presidents of all land-grant universities and governors in America.
Cantor said the goal of his organization is to stop animal science in schools and to stop schools from operating slaughterhouses.
“All of us animal advocates are always trying to get people to go vegetarian, but we could never compete with a massive network of universities that are trusted and respected that are actually teaching people to eat meat.” he said. ” … Universities should not train students for careers in animal abuse.”
NDSU has a slaughter room located in the Shepperd Arena in conjunction with the meat sciences department.
Animal science at NDSU is more than just learning meat production, it also leads to veterinary learning and other beneficial studies to animals.
North Dakota’s state government reports the state is home to over 1.75 million beef cattle and to over 100 dairy herds.
Cantor said the livestock industry is one of the largest factors in creating greenhouse gasses and causing global warming and that it would be more detrimental to the economy to not change trajectory.
“What are we going to do if we don’t?” he said.
Cantor proposed the idea of converting livestock farms into growing organic greens and to bring back the popularity of heirloom crops such as potatoes and carrots.
Sadie Rudolph, NDSU media relations coordinator, said in an email, “At this time, President Bresciani has not received a petition letter about ending NDSU’s Animal Science program.”
The Spectrum contacted but was unable to obtain a comment from Gov. Dalrymple.