Animal Welfare – Stichting ATAR http://stichtingatar.com/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 05:26:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://stichtingatar.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-4-150x150.png Animal Welfare – Stichting ATAR http://stichtingatar.com/ 32 32 Animal Care Australia I Australian rural and regional news https://stichtingatar.com/animal-care-australia-i-australian-rural-and-regional-news/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 05:26:51 +0000 https://stichtingatar.com/animal-care-australia-i-australian-rural-and-regional-news/ Animal Care Australia (ACA), press release, 18 November 2022 Australian animal welfare body Animal Care Australia has released a scorecard of each Victorian political party’s performance in supporting or opposing good animal welfare initiatives for pets over the course of of this last term. Animal Care Australia has painstakingly scoured the past 3 years of […]]]>

Animal Care Australia (ACA), press release, 18 November 2022

Australian animal welfare body Animal Care Australia has released a scorecard of each Victorian political party’s performance in supporting or opposing good animal welfare initiatives for pets over the course of of this last term.

Animal Care Australia has painstakingly scoured the past 3 years of Hansard (the official record of the Minutes of Parliament in Victoria) to determine how often each party has spoken out in favor of improving animal welfare and Support for Companion Animals, and those who have blocked or spoken out against, these motions. Topics measured are those that directly affect pet owners and pets. With two-thirds of Australian households owning pets and pets, many of these issues directly impact the daily lives of a majority of voters.

“It’s not just about cats and dogs. Many of us keep all kinds of animals including birds, rabbits, rats, reptiles, horses, domesticated native animals, goldfish and everything in between. said Michael Donnelly, Chairman of Animal Care Australia. “The current government has introduced policies that have negatively impacted animal owners and set animal welfare back years and this cannot continue.”

Whether or not a party has written policies on animals, once elected they have the opportunity to speak publicly on all issues that arise and have the choice to speak out positively, negatively or not at all on issues that affect our animals. The ACA scorecard lists the issues that have been debated in Parliament over the past term and how the parties have spoken on those issues. Unlike published party policies, which are often amended or modified even after a party is elected, the record in Hansard is permanent and demonstrates the actions of the party, not just its promises.

Parties not currently in power were assessed on their policies and whether they make statements on any of the topics debated during the last legislature.

“ACA supports good animal welfare science to continually improve welfare standards in legislation,” Donnelly said. “Animal welfare must be protected and held independent of political agendas, especially extreme animal rights ideologies that parade as advocates of welfare.”

The ACA has identified a worrying trend. A growing number of animal rights extremists, representing less than 1% of Australians, are exerting undue influence, removing animal welfare from legislation and excessively restricting and regulating pet ownership and activities. It appears that the Andrews government sacrificed animal welfare in exchange for favors to advance less popular policies deemed more important.

In 2019, an amendment to Victoria’s planning provisions called VC159, passed through both houses unnoticed. A change in permitted land uses has limited the number of animals a household on less than 20 acres can own to a maximum of five. No more than 2 individual species may be kept without a permit. It affects everyone, from the keepers of large herds such as horses, to their small pets like rats and guinea pigs. The latter normally live in large family groups and are usually kept indoors. No consultation with stakeholders or the public took place. It wasn’t until councils updated their pet welfare plans that this change was enacted and enforced, with some dog owners being ordered to euthanize their council-registered pets. if they couldn’t relocate them.

“People who are responsible pet owners and have done the right thing by registering their pets with the council have become easy targets for fines or requests for euthanasia from excess numbers of members. loved ones,” Mr. Donnelly said. “Human and animal casualties – simply at the whim of a government negotiating with minor parties to get the votes they needed elsewhere.”

Reversing this will clearly require a change of government or ensuring that the parties that promised to solve this problem (at this stage it is only the party of shooters, fishermen and farmers) and others with check marks mainly green on the Animal Care Australia scorecard, to be elected. Then we can right those wrongs.
Animal Care Australia strongly recommends voting below the line, taking the time to number your preferences to avoid your vote being overruled by closed-door preference agreements. Animal Care Australia’s scorecard will help you decide in which order to place these holidays.

Find the scorecard at https://www.animalcareaustralia.org.au/victorian-election-2022

Animal Care Australia is the Peak Animal Welfare Body representing pet and pet caretakers and breeders in Australia.

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One of the UK’s largest pig farms closes following animal welfare breaches https://stichtingatar.com/one-of-the-uks-largest-pig-farms-closes-following-animal-welfare-breaches/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 07:32:01 +0000 https://stichtingatar.com/one-of-the-uks-largest-pig-farms-closes-following-animal-welfare-breaches/ Warning: this article contains photos of animal abuse that some may find upsetting One of the UK’s largest pig farms has been closed following multiple allegations of animal welfare breaches. Flat House Farm in Leicestershire has been investigated by UK animal rights organization Viva! in 2020. Alan and Rachel Elvidge, who are directors of farm […]]]>

Warning: this article contains photos of animal abuse that some may find upsetting

One of the UK’s largest pig farms has been closed following multiple allegations of animal welfare breaches.

Flat House Farm in Leicestershire has been investigated by UK animal rights organization Viva! in 2020.

Alan and Rachel Elvidge, who are directors of farm owner Elvidge Farms Ltd, appeared in court following a Trading Standards investigation into their business.

Elvidge Farms Ltd pleaded guilty to one count of breaching the Animal Welfare Act 2006 (Section 9 – duty of person responsible for animal to ensure welfare). The company was fined £4,500.

According to Viva!, a court proceeding revealed that Flat House Farm no longer raises pigs.

While Viva! celebrated the news that the farm is not in operation, he expressed his disappointment that the owners did not receive harsher penalties.

Live! Pigs were found in ‘horrible’ conditions

“The public must wake up”

In an announcement after the trial, Viva! Founder Juliet Gellatley said she was “delighted” that Flat House Farm has closed.

Speaking later to Plant Based News (PBN), she said, “To learn that Flat House Farm no longer has pigs brings me great joy. To have witnessed the immense suffering that took place on this horrible farm, to know that no pig will have to endure this hell is a comforting thought.

She went on to say that the fact that no one responsible faces a prison sentence is “unacceptable”. She added that, had Trading Standards presented a stronger case in court, “perhaps those who caused mass pain and unimaginable stress would face more serious repercussions.”

“While we can celebrate this victory, I cannot really be happy knowing that millions of other animals are still being subjected to daily torture in disgusting conditions. The public must realize that this is the reality of British animal husbandry: the false idyll of ‘free range’ and happy farm animals is a lie. We need to go vegan now to end the suffering.

Farm conditions

In 2020, Viva! released footage of its investigation of the farm.

The video showed feral cats eating live pigs, rotting corpses and emaciated and diseased pigs living in squalid conditions.

The footage was called “disturbing” by Tory MP Henry Smith. The farm was insured by Red Tractor, and the organization said it was “appalled” by the conditions after the video emerged. His insurance tag was removed after the investigation. Red Tractor CEO Jim Moseley told BBC Radio 4 that his reputation had been damaged following the Viva! video.

Live! Flat House Farm no longer raises pigs for meat

After the expose, Trading Standards conducted its own investigation, which led to Flat House Farm being sued.

Trading Standards brought a total of 68 charges, but only offered evidence for one, and the rest were dropped.

“The Application Problem”

The news comes just days after a separate report looked at the problem of the lack of enforcement of welfare laws in the UK.

In what has been dubbed “the enforcement problem”, investigators found that less than three per cent of UK farms are inspected each year.

Additionally, they found that only 0.33% of complaints filed led to animal cruelty prosecutions.

“Non-compliance is rampant, repeatedly highlighted by secret investigations and now reinforced by the data revealed in this report,” said Abigail Penny, executive director of Animal Equality UK, which compiled the report.

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Rich, modern and cosmopolitan – what about animal welfare? https://stichtingatar.com/rich-modern-and-cosmopolitan-what-about-animal-welfare/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 13:23:03 +0000 https://stichtingatar.com/rich-modern-and-cosmopolitan-what-about-animal-welfare/ The soccer world cup is coming. Doha is being brilliantly polished. The sophisticated city wants to impress and welcomes its guests. Visitors experience the country and its people as cosmopolitan. But Qatar is a country of contrasts. The international animal welfare organization Animals’ Angels encountered these contrasts during its recent survey. Animal welfare is of […]]]>

The soccer world cup is coming. Doha is being brilliantly polished. The sophisticated city wants to impress and welcomes its guests. Visitors experience the country and its people as cosmopolitan. But Qatar is a country of contrasts. The international animal welfare organization Animals’ Angels encountered these contrasts during its recent survey.

Animal welfare is of no importance in Qatar. Animals are simply considered consumer goods. In the Souq Waqif tourist market, animals of all kinds and origins are for sale: Huskys, parrots and turtles are crammed into small terrariums. Buyers usually use them as garden decorations, hobbies or toys for their children. Soon after, these animals are usually donated to overflowing animal shelters. Horror stories are circulating about the state-run animal shelter.

Qatar: rich, modern and cosmopolitan – And animal welfare?

But so-called “farm” animals are no better off. Qatar imports them from almost all over the world. The animals arrive by truck, boat or plane. Many of them end up in slaughter markets. Animal handlers at markets have no training. Animals are regularly injured or sick and left to their fate.

At a market, the Animals’ Angels team meets Ulrike and Elisa, two German cows. Both are miserable: Ulrike is extremely skinny. His ribs and hips are clearly visible. His face shows intense pain. Elisa can barely walk. His right front leg is injured. Its overly long claws indicate negligence. The next day, the two cows are brought to the slaughterhouse. The vet there is unaware of the serious animal welfare issues.

Qatar wants to be a modern country, with a good education and a high standard of living. Also, it is one of the richest countries in the world, but it has no animal welfare law. To meet its own high standards, Qatar cannot continue to ignore animal welfare.

Full press release: www.animals-angels.de/en/presse

Contact
Felix Maraun
press@animals-angels.de
+49 6970798170
+49 1754742860

Animals’ Angels eV
Rossertstr. 8
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Inspection planned for South Lakes Safari Zoo following animal welfare concerns https://stichtingatar.com/inspection-planned-for-south-lakes-safari-zoo-following-animal-welfare-concerns/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 15:31:28 +0000 https://stichtingatar.com/inspection-planned-for-south-lakes-safari-zoo-following-animal-welfare-concerns/ Image: Born Free The South Lakes Safari Zoo is set to be inspected following reports of animal welfare concerns. A team of Barrow Council officers and a government zoo inspector will visit the zoo on November 17. The inspection comes after Born Free, an animal charity, raised concerns about the zoo in a report following […]]]>
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The South Lakes Safari Zoo is set to be inspected following reports of animal welfare concerns.

A team of Barrow Council officers and a government zoo inspector will visit the zoo on November 17.

The inspection comes after Born Free, an animal charity, raised concerns about the zoo in a report following an investigation into the site.

The Born Free report stated:

  • Herd animals such as zebras were isolated in individual cages
  • A bear was found showing signs of zoochosis
  • A bucket of raw meat was spotted covered in flies
  • Rats were seen mingling with the animals
  • Giraffes had overgrown and curved hooves
  • Some animals did not have access to the outdoors during the day and had no litter box
  • Heat supplies were inadequate

Zoo bosses denied the allegations and said Born Free’s report was inaccurate and based on assumptions.

The council said the allegations made by the animal charity would be fully investigated as part of the inspection. The zoo’s in-house veterinarian will be interviewed and animal records reviewed.

A council spokesperson said: “We have acted quickly on concerns raised about animal welfare at the South Lakes Safari Zoo. Availability issues with Defra Zoo’s qualified inspector mean our inspection will be carried out later than we would have hoped.

The zoo’s license was granted for a further six years in 2021, with additional conditions and instructions following a formal inspection.

Council officers visited the zoo and undertook an annual informal inspection in February to check whether conditions had been met and instructions followed.

Animal welfare was not reported as an issue, although one of the guidelines is for the drainage of the Africa pen which is due to be resolved by December this year.

The Cumbria Zoo Company, which runs the zoo, said it was committed to looking after them.

Samantha Brewer, of the Cumbria Zoo Company, said: ‘The allegations are of the utmost seriousness. We refute all allegations made by the Born Free Foundation since their visit to the zoo on October 17 and their subsequent report on their website.

“We welcome Born Free and any opinion of the zoo, Born Free is an organization that stands for what it believes in and we have nothing but respect for that, and the principles on which the organization is built.

“In 2022 species are disappearing right left and center and zoos are at the forefront of trying to successfully change that. Our team have recently returned from a trip to see firsthand where the anti-poaching dogs, trained here at Cumbria Zoo, together with their handlers and NGOs on the ground are actually taking a meaningful stand in the fight to reduce the wildlife eradication.

“During our trip, a prominent conservationist was quick to tell our staff that the only way a child in South Africa will ever see a rhino with a horn is in a zoo, God forbid. This proves to be the case. This zoo, like others, is committed in 2022 and beyond to direct conservation on the ground and to enriching the lives of the beloved animals in our care.

“The report contains inaccurate assumptions and, of course, an inaccurate clinical assessment. Cumbria Zoo has, in our last four years, been inspected by over 35 Government appointed independent inspectors, the overwhelming results of these inspections being overwhelmingly positive, and the continued progress we are making here at Safari Zoo is recognised. .

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One in 300 animal welfare complaints on UK farms leads to prosecution – study | Animal wellbeing https://stichtingatar.com/one-in-300-animal-welfare-complaints-on-uk-farms-leads-to-prosecution-study-animal-wellbeing/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://stichtingatar.com/one-in-300-animal-welfare-complaints-on-uk-farms-leads-to-prosecution-study-animal-wellbeing/ Only one in 300 animal welfare complaints on UK farms have resulted in a prosecution in the past four years, with half of the farms complained of not even being inspected, according to an analysis. A report by Animal Equality and the Animal Law Foundation also says less than three in 100 of the estimated […]]]>

Only one in 300 animal welfare complaints on UK farms have resulted in a prosecution in the past four years, with half of the farms complained of not even being inspected, according to an analysis.

A report by Animal Equality and the Animal Law Foundation also says less than three in 100 of the estimated 291,000 farms in the UK had an annual inspection by a public body between 2018 and 2021.

Charities said there was less than one inspector for every 205 farms, and the ‘risk-based’ regime means ‘high risk’ farms – those that have been the subject of a complaint , for example – are prioritized, but even they are not. always inspected.

Abigail Penny, Executive Director of Animal Equality UK, said: “Non-compliance is rampant, repeatedly highlighted by secret investigations and now reinforced by the data revealed in this report.

“Pigs have their tails docked, cows unable to walk or stand and hens crammed into overcrowded cages, but farms usually get little more than a slap on the wrist. These results are disturbing and should alarm any consumer. Animal abusers really need to be held accountable. For the moment, this is obviously not the case. »

Of the farms that were inspected after a complaint, on-site non-compliance was identified at just under a third, according to the report, titled the enforcement problem, which was compiled using data collected from public bodies. Like lawsuits, the use of other law enforcement measures was rare, with 144 notices of improvement, care or compliance issued in 2020, while local authorities received 6,466 complaints about the welfare of farm animals.

The authors found that even when investigations by animal welfare organizations such as Animal Equality, Animal Aid, Compassion in World Farming, and Open Cages revealed suspected evidence of illegal activity or substandard practices, the more often they have gone unpunished. Of 65 such briefings issued between 2016 and 2021, about seven in 10 did not result in any subsequent formal enforcement action, they found.

The report says that with more than 180 government agencies tasked with monitoring and enforcing the law, including local authorities, “inconsistencies and confusion arose. The disjointed nature of regulation and enforcement has allowed for a lack of continuity, enforcement and accountability.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is responsible for overseeing policy implementation in England, and devolved governments are responsible in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. But in England, Scotland and Wales, day-to-day enforcement is in the hands of the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) and local authorities.

Edie Bowles, lawyer and executive director of the Animal Law Foundation, said: “The problem exists in all areas of animal law. What makes it particularly shocking for farm animals is not just the scale of the problem, but the constant proclamations that the UK has some of the highest animal welfare standards on farms. and the slaughterhouses of the world.

“If these standards exist only on paper and are not followed in practice, the value of these laws is at best questioned and at worst redundant.”

The APHA said: “We take breaches of animal welfare legislation very seriously and investigate every allegation that is brought to our attention.”

The Scottish government also said it took animal welfare very seriously, while the Welsh government said it was a priority and referred to the APHA control scheme.

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Pamplin Media Group – OHSU fined nearly $38,000 for animal welfare violations https://stichtingatar.com/pamplin-media-group-ohsu-fined-nearly-38000-for-animal-welfare-violations/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://stichtingatar.com/pamplin-media-group-ohsu-fined-nearly-38000-for-animal-welfare-violations/ Oregon Health & Science University is settling with the USDA after investigating incidents at its animal testing sites. Oregon Health & Science University will pay nearly $38,000 in fines for a series of animal welfare violations from 2018 to 2021. In late October, OHSU agreed to pay $37,900 to settle a fine from the US […]]]>

Oregon Health & Science University is settling with the USDA after investigating incidents at its animal testing sites.

Oregon Health & Science University will pay nearly $38,000 in fines for a series of animal welfare violations from 2018 to 2021.

In late October, OHSU agreed to pay $37,900 to settle a fine from the US Department of Agriculture’s Investigative Services, the organization announced on Tuesday, November 1.

“To avoid a potentially lengthy and costly litigation process, OHSU leaders have elected to pay the fine,” an OHSU statement read. “The IES settlement agreement included several alleged violations for which OHSU is penalized. OHSU had self-reported these incidents, as required, to the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare when they happened.”

The charges were collected after a 2021 investigation into animal injuries and deaths at three of OHSU’s animal care facilities. OHSU operates animal testing sites, including the state’s largest, Oregon’s National Primate Research Center in Hillsboro. The Sites are operated in the context of ongoing research and experimentation related to health care.

According to OHSU, nine incidents were investigated, including part of a monkey’s tail amputated after being caught in a gap between enclosures; another monkey who had to be euthanized after his head got stuck between two PVC pipes; skullcap treatment for two ferrets; four voles who died of thirst because they weren’t watered in time; a monkey who was injured but recovered after becoming trapped under a stainless steel drain cover; two dead monkeys accidentally scalded when put through a cage washing machine; two marmosets euthanized after developing intracranial abscesses; five gerbils who died of starvation and two monkeys who fought and injured themselves after a slide mechanism on their cages failed to secure.

The research university listed the mitigation and prevention measures taken in response to each incident.

Animal rights groups have long scrutinized OHSU for its animal research that has resulted in injury and death, arguing that the majority of animal research does not lead to treatments or cures for humans. . Animal rights groups Stop Animal Experimentation Now (SAEN) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have been vocal opponents.

“The National Primate Research Center in Oregon has shown time and time again that it cannot or will not comply with animal welfare laws, and the federal government should shut it down immediately,” the vice said. – PETA President Alka Chandna in response to recent fines imposed on OHSU.

SAEN co-founder Michael Budkie also wants federal regulators to shut down the Primate Research Center, “due to continued federal violations.”

“If these regulations had been followed, there would have been no fines and the university would not have racked up 18 violations in just a few years,” Budkie said.


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Organic Label’s animal welfare rule is about to cross the finish line https://stichtingatar.com/organic-labels-animal-welfare-rule-is-about-to-cross-the-finish-line/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 04:15:17 +0000 https://stichtingatar.com/organic-labels-animal-welfare-rule-is-about-to-cross-the-finish-line/ There are only 10 days left for comment before the USDA can finalize the organic livestock and poultry rule for the National Organic Program. If passed, new animal welfare standards will apply to animals raised under the USDA Organic label. If any of this sounds familiar, it should. The rule is similar to one that […]]]>

There are only 10 days left for comment before the USDA can finalize the organic livestock and poultry rule for the National Organic Program. If passed, new animal welfare standards will apply to animals raised under the USDA Organic label.

If any of this sounds familiar, it should. The rule is similar to one that was withdrawn under the Trump administration. Each year, the USDA’s National Organic Program oversees the handling of more than 186 million farm animals.

Animal rights groups, such as the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) are at the forefront of the lobby pushing for the rule.

The new rule is largely about the details, for example:

— Meshed areas with roofs will no longer count as outdoor access for laying hens.

— The butchering of birds would be prohibited.

— Tail docking of pigs would be prohibited.

— Face branding and tail docking of cattle would be prohibited.

— Gestation crates for pregnant pigs would be prohibited.

— Perches should be provided for laying hens.

— Pigs would be guaranteed bedding and covering materials as “environmental enrichment”.

The current rule would have the approval of 57 US Representatives and 20 US Senators.

The USDA is expected to give existing organic farmers up to 15 years to comply with the new outdoor space requirements. This is to give them time to fund and build the infrastructure that is supposed to be more to the liking of affected farm animals.

According to SWI, consumers already believe that by buying organic meat and poultry products, animal welfare is already covered. Their survey shows that 80% of organic consumers say that animal welfare is important in their decision to buy organic products. And 85% want the federal government to set clear and uniform standards for animals raised under the organic label.

And consumers prefer a transition period of 3 years, not 15 years.

Here’s how to log in to the commenting process while there’s time left:

Oral comments: The recording of oral comments is closed. The deadline to register for an oral comment slot is 11:59 p.m. EDT on November 10. The deadline has been extended by 30 days from the original date of October 11. This extension has been made to ensure that all stakeholders and individuals have sufficient time. to provide their comments and suggestions on the proposed rule.

Federal Electronic Rulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting written comments. The deadline for submitting written comments is 11:59 p.m. EDT, November 10. The deadline has been extended by 30 days from the original date of October 11. This extension has been made to ensure that all stakeholders and individuals have sufficient time to provide their comments and suggestions on the proposed rule.

Mail: AMS strongly prefers comments to be submitted electronically. However, written comments may be submitted (i.e., postmarked) by mail to Erin Healy, MPH., Director Standards Division, National Organic Program, USDA-AMS-NOP, Room 2646-So. , Ag Stop 0268, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20250-0268. Comments posted must be postmarked by November 10.

To access the filing, including reference materials and comments received, go to https://www.regulations.gov (search for the filing “AMS-NOP-21-0073”). Comments submitted in response to this proposed rule may also be viewed in person at USDA-AMS, National Organic Program, Room 2646-South Building, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC, 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. at 4 p.m., Monday to Friday (except official holidays). Persons wishing to visit the USDA South Building to view comments received in response to this proposed rule are asked to make an appointment in advance by calling 202-720-3252.

Contact: Erin Healy, MPH, Director of Standards Division, Phone: (202) 720-3252; Email: erin.healy@usda.gov.

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USDA Urged to Strengthen Farm Animal Welfare by Finalizing Long-Awaited Organic Standards https://stichtingatar.com/usda-urged-to-strengthen-farm-animal-welfare-by-finalizing-long-awaited-organic-standards/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 17:14:00 +0000 https://stichtingatar.com/usda-urged-to-strengthen-farm-animal-welfare-by-finalizing-long-awaited-organic-standards/ A coalition of more than 15 stakeholders urges the USDA to protect the integrity of the USDA Organic label and build consumer confidence by quickly implementing the New Organic livestock and poultry Standards to reign WASHINGTON, October 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and the […]]]>

A coalition of more than 15 stakeholders urges the USDA to protect the integrity of the USDA Organic label and build consumer confidence by quickly implementing the New Organic livestock and poultry Standards to reign

WASHINGTON, October 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) led more than 15 other organizations, farmers and businesses to urge the US Department of Agriculture to finalize the Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards (OLPS) rule. These landmark federal regulations would require higher welfare standards for animals raised under the “USDA Organic” label that better align with consumer expectations. The OLPS rule would also level the playing field for organic farmers who already adhere to higher welfare practices, such as providing chickens with meaningful access to outdoor space where they can engage in natural behaviors.

The OLPS rule is similar to a 2017 rule that was withdrawn under the Trump administration, despite support from tens of thousands of Americans and the vast majority of the organic farming community. The new rule provides a second chance to improve the lives of the more than 186 million farm animals raised each year under the USDA’s National Organic Program by ensuring it represents truly higher-level agriculture. level of well-being. Notably, the rule would clarify that enclosed, screened porches with a roof are not considered outdoor access, which would close a major loophole that has led producers to deny outdoor access to laying hens. It would also ban certain painful mutilations, such as beak trimming of birds, systematic tail docking of pigs, tail docking and face branding of cattle; prohibit gestation crates for pigs; and require environmental enrichment, including bedding, roots for pigs and perches for laying hens.

According to a recent national survey, the overwhelming majority (80%) of organic consumers say animal welfare is important to them when considering the purchase of organic animal products, and 85% stated that it is important for the federal government to establish clear and uniform standards. for animal welfare on organic farms.

“We are encouraged to see the USDA revising the OLPS Rule to correct the inconsistencies and shortcomings of the National Biological Program. Exploitation of these flaws has put the lives and well-being of millions of animals at risk, and we urge the agency to act quickly and decisively to correct them,” said Matt BershadkerPresident and CEO of the ASPCA. “The National Organic Program should act as intended – to protect animals raised on organic farms and keep consumers informed about farming conditions – without obscuring the truth and allowing cruel farming practices to get a pass. ASPCA is committed to ensuring USDA welfare standards make sense for animals and meet public expectations of what the organic label entails.”

“We commend the USDA for taking steps to right the wrongs of the previous administration by proposing the OLPS Rule that will codify animal welfare standards for hundreds of millions of animals raised on organic farms. For too long, the lack of clear and consistent animal welfare standards under the national organic program has disappointed consumers and allowed factory farm-type operations to reap the financial benefits of the organic label without offering the superior welfare conditions that consumers have come to expect,” said Susan Millwardexecutive director of the AWI. “Meaningful outdoor access for animals and the ability for them to live more natural lives is at the heart of organic production. If the USDA is serious about protecting the integrity of the organic label, it must quickly finalize and implement the OLPS rule to ensure animals are raised to a higher standard that is consistent across all organic farms.”

As part of its deliberations on the proposed OLPS rule, the USDA welcomes comments on its implementation timelines. The ministry has proposed giving existing organic producers up to 15 years to comply with the new poultry outdoor space requirements. Organic consumers overwhelmingly reject such an unacceptable delay and want faster implementation, with 92% of organic consumers supporting delays of three years or less. While this pending rule awaits implementation, many conscientious consumers continue to buy – and pay more for – organic animal products in the mistaken belief that this label guarantees animals access to pasture. and other wellness benefits. Until the USDA finalizes the OLPS rule, large multinational corporations will continue to take advantage of loopholes in existing organic regulations to label items produced under cruel factory-farmed conditions as “organic” and mislead consumers well. intended.

In addition to protecting farm animals and further aligning the USDA Organic label with consumer expectations, these new standards will promote a level playing field for the majority of independent organic farmers who already provide meaningful outdoor access to their animals and meet higher standards. than what is currently required. This long-awaited rule is backed by 57 U.S. Representatives and 20 Senators, who have recommended rapid implementation. Public support for the OLPS rule also remains high, with more than 28,000 comments already submitted by ASPCA and AWI advocates alone.

The extended deadline for submitting public comments is November 10, and the USDA will consider the comments before issuing the final rule. To submit a comment in support of the OLPS rule before the deadline, please visit ASPCA.org/OrganicRule.

About ASPA®

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) was the first animal welfare organization to be established in North America and is today the nation’s leading voice for vulnerable animals and victims. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with more than two million supporters nationwide, the ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty to dogs, cats, equines, and animals. farms across the United States. The ASPCA helps animals in need through on-the-ground disaster and cruelty response, behavioral rehabilitation, animal placement, legal and legislative advocacy, and community advancement. shelters and veterinarians through research, training and resources. For more information, visit www.ASPCA.org and follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.

About the Animal Welfare Institute

The Animal Welfare Institute (awionline.org) is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1951 and dedicated to reducing human-caused animal suffering. The AWI engages policy makers, scientists, industry and the public to achieve better treatment for animals everywhere, in the laboratory, on the farm, in commerce, at home and in the wild. Follow us on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram for updates and other important animal welfare news.

SOURCE ASPCA

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PETA Calls on Feds to Investigate Cornell’s Animal Welfare Practices https://stichtingatar.com/peta-calls-on-feds-to-investigate-cornells-animal-welfare-practices/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 22:45:00 +0000 https://stichtingatar.com/peta-calls-on-feds-to-investigate-cornells-animal-welfare-practices/ ITHACA, NY—The well-known animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has sent letters to Cornell University and the United States Department of Agriculture demanding that the treatment of animals by the school is investigated. PETA’s request, to the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, addresses various claims made at Cornell […]]]>

ITHACA, NY—The well-known animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has sent letters to Cornell University and the United States Department of Agriculture demanding that the treatment of animals by the school is investigated.

PETA’s request, to the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, addresses various claims made at Cornell between April 2018 and earlier this year. The organization’s claims are based on a communication between the school’s life sciences department and the National Institute of Health, in which the school self-reports violations of laboratory animal protocol, normally during any testing, and NIH officials assess the school’s response and submit a remedial plan. .

PETA’s letters are addressed to Dr. Robert M. Gibbens of the USDA Animal Welfare Operations Division and Cornell University President Dr. Martha Pollack. The letter to Pollack calls on him to more severely punish those at the school who have committed violations of animal welfare protocols during care or lab procedures.

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Karnataka has not received Animal Welfare Board grant since 2016, according to RTI response https://stichtingatar.com/karnataka-has-not-received-animal-welfare-board-grant-since-2016-according-to-rti-response/ Fri, 21 Oct 2022 16:37:00 +0000 https://stichtingatar.com/karnataka-has-not-received-animal-welfare-board-grant-since-2016-according-to-rti-response/ The Animal Welfare Board of India has not given any grants to Karnataka under its animal birth control program since May 2016 and therefore has no information on efforts to neuter and vaccinate stray dogs in the country. State. This came to light in response to a right to information request filed by Kerala-based RTI […]]]>

The Animal Welfare Board of India has not given any grants to Karnataka under its animal birth control program since May 2016 and therefore has no information on efforts to neuter and vaccinate stray dogs in the country. State.

This came to light in response to a right to information request filed by Kerala-based RTI campaigner K Govindan Nampoothiry who said the council had failed to fulfill its legal obligations.

“The main reason I filed the RTI application was to find out how much was released to the states for the stray dog ​​neutering and vaccination campaign. The council has become a white elephant and their lethargic attitude is evident. failed to secure professionally trained and legally licensed animal welfare organizations or NGOs in every state.This has led to the mismanagement of many animal welfare programs, including the animal birth control program. This is gross misconduct. Also, funding for animal welfare programs is insufficient. Several states have not received funding in years,” he said. indianexpress.com.

Nampoothiry alleged that although stray dog ​​attacks were increasing across the country, the council had been dysfunctional. “The board is inactive although the threat from street dogs is growing. It should take steps to immediately conduct awareness campaigns and devise a permanent solution to the threat,” he said.

RTI’s response also stated that Kerala had also not received a grant under the scheme during the same period of May 2016 to September 2022.

The council’s functions include encouraging animal rescue homes, shelters and sanctuaries with financial assistance.

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