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NOC Joins Lawsuit: Over Withdrawal of Organic Livestock Welfare Rule

Posted: June 4, 2018

NOC Joins Lawsuit: Organic Groups Sue over Trump Withdrawal of Widely Supported Organic Livestock Welfare Rule

This past month, the National Organic Coalition joined with the Center for Food Safety and other nonprofit public interest organizations, in a lawsuit to challenge a decision on March 13 from the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Secretary Sonny Perdue to withdraw the organic regulations for animals on certified organic farms, called the "Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices" rule.

“The National Organic Coalition is deeply alarmed by the USDA’s decision to scrap the long-awaited standards on animal welfare for organic livestock operations,” says Abby Youngblood, executive director at the National Organic Coalition. “NOC is joining this lawsuit to protect the integrity of the organic seal. The new rules represent more than a decade of work to clarify and improve animal welfare standards in organic and have the support of thousands of stakeholders, including farmers, consumer advocacy groups, and other members of the organic industry. Consumer trust in the label is vital and assures the success of the organic seal in the marketplace. Failing to enact these new rules puts consumer trust in jeopardy.”

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