Update – January 10, 2018: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is again putting corporate interests ahead of animal welfare and consumer rights. It plans to scrap the rule requiring that Organic farms raise their animals more humanely than animals on factory farms. You have until January 17 to tell USDA that this decision is irresponsible and unacceptable. Over 26,000 comments have been submitted so far, but we need 50,000 to get USDA to pay attention and there's only 1 week left.
The Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule was designed to prevent some large-scale organic farms from taking advantage of consumers and mistreating animals. Among other things, it established that animals on organic farms should have real outdoor access (not enclosed concrete runs) and set space standards so farms can’t crowd chickens inhumanely.
This is the very least that farm animals deserve. But now, new Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is trying to kill the rule once and for all.
Shoppers seek out the USDA Organic seal because they expect—and pay a premium for—an ideal version of farm life, complete with happy, well-cared-for animals. Unfortunately, this program lacks many real animal welfare standards, causing the market to be flooded with “faux-ganic,” factory-farmed products that cash in on the public’s desire for higher-welfare goods without actually providing better lives for animals.
Use the form below to tell USDA to enact the Organic rule. USDA might only count comments that are unique, so please personalize your comment before submitting it!