On April 7th, 2016 the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed a rule to clarify existing federal organic regulations surrounding animal welfare standards based on those initiated in 2011 by the NOSB. At that time, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to the National Organic Program released recommendations they hoped would improve the lives of poultry and livestock and to strengthen the organic label in the areas of animal welfare, handling, transport, and slaughter. The guidelines set standards for indoor and outdoor space for organic poultry and livestock and added definitions to which practices are permitted and prohibited under organic regulations.
The Senate has tried to block the USDA’s rule because some large producers are resisting the updates to their facilities, which include providing meaningful outdoor access for poultry. Some senators have put a rider on an appropriations bill that effectively blocks the regulations.
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