Improve Guidelines for Organic Poultry Production

Target: Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator of the USDA’s National Organic Program

Goal: Strengthen the requirements of the guide used to evaluate welfare of poultry raised for organic food production.

The USDA has an advisory committee in place to regulate welfare standards for organic poultry operation. While their current Guide to Assessing Welfare on Organic Poultry Operations does much to ensure the welfare of chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese raised for organic food production, there are still many ways it can be improved.

Currently, the standards do not provide for adequate space or healthy air quality, do not prohibit beak trimming, and do not ban the force-feeding of ducks and geese in foie gras production. These are still inhumane practices that can be banned or improved upon.

Without proper space, poultry raised for organic food production do not have enough room to act naturally and move freely, and the levels of ammonia harm their air quality. Beak trimming, used for preventing cannibalism and feather pecking, can be eliminated or done more humanely when absolutely necessary.  Force-feeding ducks and geese causes multiple and debilitating health problems, and the animal suffers for it in its short life span.

By signing the petition below, you are asking the National Organic Standards Board to improve their guidelines in order to make organic poultry production even more humane and ensure the welfare of chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese raised for food production.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. McEvoy,

The National Organic Standards Board has done much to improve the welfare of poultry raised for organic poultry food production, but there is more to be done to create a humane environment for the chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese raised for organic food.

I am asking to you to please revise the Guide to Assessing Animal Welfare on Organic Poultry Operation to include prohibitions on force-feeding ducks and geese in association with foie gras production, and eliminate beak trimming except in situations where more humane husbandry techniques have already been tried. In addition, the air quality and space provided to the organic poultry food production can be improved upon in order to give the poultry more room to act naturally and lower ammonia levels in their air.

By improving the Guide to Assessing Animal Welfare on Organic Poultry Production, you can only make the organic poultry food production industry more humane.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    thats a lie! there is no such thing as organic meat cause meat is cruel and its not healthy for human consumption. please go vegan now!

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