Just over a month ago, the United States Department of Agriculture took the first step to rectify a decision made under the previous administration that negatively affected farm animal welfare standards .

In January 2017, the USDA released a sweeping rule that would have tightened animal welfare standards on organic farms. The rule included a range of housing, husbandry and management standards, such as banning tail-cutting of cattle and setting minimum indoor and outdoor space requirements for laying hens.

Sadly, under the Trump administration, the agency decided to ignore the overwhelming support from the public and the organic industry and withdrew the rule on March 13, 2018. Since then, the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund fought against the agency. this decision, bringing a federal lawsuit challenging the withdrawal and pressuring the agency to reconsider.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last month that the USDA would reconsider the previous administration’s position on the rule and that the agency would begin developing rules to meet animal welfare standards. .

“In our opinion, this rule was one of the most important rules for establishing better living conditions for farm animals to ever come out of a federal agency, and we are so pleased that the Biden administration is rectifying the catastrophic error of the Trump administration when it withdrew. the rule, ”said Sara Amundson, chair of the Humane Society Legislative Fund.

“Secretary Vilsack has made public statements about his support for animal welfare, and we are pleased to see him backing those statements with concrete action. We look forward to working with the USDA to ensure the proposed rule includes meaningful improvements for animal welfare, ”said Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States.

What’s happening at Flagler Humane Society

Get ready, because Bow-Wow Bingo is back! You know it and love it and this is the first time we can get together and play since our forties. Join us Sunday August 15 at Palm Coast Elk’s Club for 20 rounds of bingo followed by fried fish. Bingo prizes are offered by local businesses. Tickets cost $ 25 and can be purchased at flaglerhumanesociety.org.

Jeffery Ritter is Director of Development at Flagler Humane Society and can be contacted at [email protected] Flagler Humane Society is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit founded in 1980. For more information, visit on flaglerhumanesociety.org

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