Protect millions of animals on organic farms!
In January of 2017, the Obama administration issued a final rule that clarified and updated the animal welfare requirements of the “organic” label. The new rule included an array of housing, husbandry, and management standards for farm animals raised under the organic label, including banning certain cruel practices like tail docking of cattle, confining pigs to ultra-restrictive gestation crates, debeaking chickens and mulesing of sheep (cutting the skin from the back legs and rump). This was one of the most important rules to establish better living conditions for farm animals to ever come out of a federal agency. It would have helped millions of farm animals and was a huge win for our movement.
Unfortunately, under the Trump administration, the agency decided to ignore overwhelming public and organic industry support and withdrew the rule on March 13, 2018. Since then, we've been fighting the decision and pressuring the agency to reconsider. And now our efforts have paid off –the USDA, under the Biden administration, has proposed a new rule to codify these standards and protect millions of animals on organic farms. And we need your help to ensure they take the final step!
Please use the form to send a message to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and urge the USDA to finalize the Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards rule, to set basic animal welfare requirements under the Organic Foods Production Act.