A new committee has been established on P.E.I. to look at animal welfare issues on farms.

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The new committee on farm animal welfare will aim to educate both farmers and the public, says John Jamieson. (CBC)

The committee will have two functions: to help farmers come up with the best ways to deal with their animals, and to provide education to the public of farming practices.

John Jamieson, executive director of the P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture, said complaints from the public about farm animal welfare will still be dealt with by provincial officials, but the committee could help reduce the number of complaints.

"We'll have some information back on the types of complaints that are out there and if there are things that our industry can do to help with that," said Jamieson.

"Or, you know, there's people who are maybe getting farm animals as a homesteader or somebody that they made need some information on proper care and handling."

The committee will have representatives from the P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture, livestock, horse, and fur organizations, government and someone from veterinarian medicine.

The first meeting will likely be held in November after the harvest is complete.