Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) would review the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule. The proposed rule will be sent in six to nine months following comments and review.

The administration plans to bring back tougher standards for poultry and livestock production that were finalized under the Obama Administration and removed by President Trump. The rule change would phase out the egg industry’s practice of porches as a way of providing hens access to the outdoors.

Speaking at an Organic Trade Association meeting, Vilsack said, “We are working hard to protect the [organic] brand and to expand a number of issues and opportunities for the organic industry…all designed to provide a strong message of the significance and importance that I place personally, and that the department places on this industry,” said Vilsack. “We recognize the importance of it, we recognize the value-added opportunities that it presents, and we think it is an important– a very important part of the industry that will help us to a much better, climate-friendly agriculture.”

And read more about recent updates on factory farming including Antibiotic Resistance in Humans Tied to Factory Farms and We’re Eating Sick Animals and Getting Deadly Diseases Because the USDA Won’t Uphold Basic Welfare Standards in Slaughterhouses.

Sign this petition to demand that the UK’s Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) pass new, stricter regulations for the transport of live chickens!

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