USDA delays Obama-era animal welfare rules for third time


The Trump administration is delaying for a third time Obama-era rules for the treatment of animals whose meat is sold as “certified organic.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it’s pushing back the rule, originally set to take effect on March 20, to May 14, 2018.

Finalized under the Obama administration in April 2016, the rules largely dictate how producers and handlers participating in the National Organic Program must treat livestock and poultry to ensure their wellbeing.

When President Trump took office, he issued a freeze on all regulatory action. Agencies were told to delay rules that had already been finalized by 60 days, pushing implementation of the organic standards rule back until May 19. The agency then delayed it an addition 180 days to Nov. 14.

In a notice published in the Federal Register this week, the USDA under Trump claims the cost of the final rules might outweigh the benefits and may not follow the Organic Foods Production Act’s text, nature and purpose.




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