Today, The Humane Society of the United States strongly criticized a second delay in the implementation of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule (PDF), 87 Fed. Reg. 7042, which covers an array of housing, husbandry, and management practices on farms producing animals, clarifies standards that have been inconsistently applied by certifiers, and better aligns organic standards with consumer expectations. USDA promulgated the rule in January after 10 years of work on it, with thousands of family farmers involved in crafting the standards, which call for animals to have outdoor access and to be treated humanely.

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, had this to say about the rule:

“This second, unwarranted delay is not only a subversion of consumer preferences, but it is a veiled maneuver to undercut America’s family farmers. This rule is an enormous boon to America’s family farmers who will be able to stay on the farm because of the value-added products they will be able to sell to increasingly informed consumers. The longer it’s delayed, the more family farmers we’ll see go out of business.”

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