USDA Proposes Stricter Animal Welfare Rules for Organic Meat

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Via: ABC News

The Agriculture Department on Thursday proposed stricter animal welfare standards for organic chicken and meat in a multibillion-dollar market that is rapidly expanding each year.

The rules would ensure that all livestock, including poultry, have enough space to lie down, turn around, stand up and fully stretch their limbs. Beaks couldn’t be removed and tails couldn’t be cut. Poultry houses would have to have fresh air and ventilation.

“This will support the continued growth in the organic livestock and poultry sectors, and ensure consumer confidence in the organic label,” said Miles McEvoy, the head of USDA’s organic program.

The retail market for organic products is valued at almost $40 billion in the United States. USDA said this week that the number of certified organic operations in the United States increased by almost 12 percent between 2014 and 2015, the highest growth rate since 2008 and an increase of nearly 300 percent since the department began… see the rest of the article.

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