None needed at this time.
In November 2017, the USDA again delayed the implementation of the organic animal welfare regulation. The USDA also announced that it intends to solicit comment on the rule for a third time. AWI will notify its supporters when comments are again needed.
You may have heard that earlier this year the US Department of Agriculture finalized improvements to the National Organic Program's animal welfare standards. If implemented, the new standards will ensure better living conditions for millions of animals. For instance, under the new rule, chickens would have indoor enrichments, more outdoor space, and access to vegetation. This is an improvement from present-day standards: The USDA currently considers barren, screened porches on concrete slabs as "outdoor" access.
These new animal welfare standards are in jeopardy! Opponents of higher-welfare standards are pressuring Congress to block the new USDA rule in the upcoming Agriculture Appropriations bill.
We are contacting you because you have at least one member of Congress who sits on either the House or Senate Appropriations Committee. These committees have the power to ensure that any efforts to block the USDA's new animal welfare standards are not successful.
What You Can Do:
Please join AWI in urging members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to ensure that Congress does not impede the USDA's efforts to improve animal welfare. You can send emails to your legislators who are committee members through AWI's Compassion Index.
Also, be sure to share our "Dear Humanitarian" eAlert with family, friends, and co-workers who live in your district, and encourage them to send in comments as well.
As always, thank you very much for your dedication to protecting animals!
Farm Animal Policy Associate