As we recently saw in this letter from Gene Baur, the USDA is in the process of producing new regulations to govern the treatment of animals raised “organic.”
Big Ag has tried to hijack the regulatory process at the proposal stage, and is now trying to get the Senate to weaken the regulations before they even take effect. Please click here to find your senators’ contact information, and ask them not to allow Big Ag to undermine the new organic standards. Here is sample language:
Dear Senator X,
I am writing today as your constituent, asking you to oppose any effort to weaken the USDA’s proposed animal treatment standards for organic farms (AMS-NOP-15-0012).
The USDA’s organic label should signify a higher standard of care than conventional animal production. I’m sure you agree that all animals deserve enough space, outdoor access, and environmental enrichment to perform natural behaviors. I strongly oppose any efforts to undermine the USDA’s new rules, and urge you to oppose it as well.
Thank you for your time.