October 24, 2011
The HSUS supports the USDA in the writing of a final Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rule
The Humane Society of the United States’ position on GIPSA rule:
Following the passage of the 2008 Farm Bill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture began a process to address unfair, deceptive and anti-competitive trade practices that are apparent in the livestock and poultry industries. The process was implemented to address the growing concerns that meatpackers' and poultry companies' anti-competitive market practices are disrupting the rural economy and putting traditional farmers and ranchers out of business.
We commend the USDA and the Department of Justice on the hearings they held to listen to farmers, ranchers and consumers. They repeatedly heard about the consequences that unfair, deceptive and discriminatory trade practices within these market segments have had on our economy, our environment and our marketplaces. In late June of 2010, following the hearings, USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration proposed the GIPSA rule.
The Humane Society of the United States supports the USDA in the writing of a final GIPSA rule. By providing greater transparency and greater access to open and competitive markets, these regulations will help ensure the sustainability of family farmers and their traditional animal husbandry practices.