TAKE ACTION: Tell the USDA to Implement Organic Animal Welfare Standards

TAKE ACTION: Tell the USDA to Implement Organic Animal Welfare Standards

Two days before President Obama left office, he passed very important Organic Animal Welfare Standards, which will vastly improve how animals are treated. (Why he waited until the last minute to do this is a whole other story.) Nevertheless, he pushed them through, and it appears that the Trump administration is looking to reverse course […]

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Two days before President Obama left office, he passed very important Organic Animal Welfare Standards, which will vastly improve how animals are treated. (Why he waited until the last minute to do this is a whole other story.)

Nevertheless, he pushed them through, and it appears that the Trump administration is looking to reverse course and kill them.

These standards are gravely important because right now, there is not a lot of clarity or specificity around how animals must be treated. As such, a handful of organic certifiers have allowed some operations to resemble factory farms, with birds living in very cramped conditions and not getting enough time outdoors.

To give you some perspective, it has been estimated that if the regulations went into effect today, 75% of organic eggs would disappear from supermarket refrigerators. They would not be in compliance with what has been proposed. That is how bad the situation is.

Not surprisingly, the major organic egg producers have fought back. They want to keep the status quo and maintain their organic certification without having to treat birds more humanely and give them more space to live.

Why the resistance?

It would cost them too much money to be in compliance. As such, they have lobbied the Trump administration and the USDA to kill these standards that Obama approved. Since USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue took office several weeks ago, he has already postponed the implementation date of these standards once and may kill them altogether.

While these Organic Animal Welfare Standards are by no means perfect, they are a significant improvement to what we currently have, and eliminating them would be a massive blow to the entire organic sector, particularly since the industry has worked for many years to get these standards approved.

It is absolutely essential that these Organic Animal Welfare Standards get passed, and the USDA must hear your voice on this before June 9th, when the comment period ends.

WE NEED YOUR HELP

Unfortunately, there is no e-petition to sign or box for you to check. You must actually leave a physical comment on the government’s website, but it will only take a few minutes and will have a much greater impact than signing an e-petition.

Here’s what to do:

1) Craft a statement using the bullet points below and tell the USDA that the Organic Animal Welfare Standards MUST go into effect immediately.

The final Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule:

• Was the product of years of inclusive deliberation on the part of farmers, consumers, retailers and policy makers.
• Evens the playing field for farmers.
• Brings the organic standards in line with consumer expectations.
• Will improve the lives of some 50 million animals each year.
• Will improve the overall organic market and increase trust in the USDA Organic seal.
• Brings lagging producers up to standards already practiced by the majority of the organic industry.

2) Once your statement has been written, click HERE and submit your comment into the docket.

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171 Comments

  • pat says:

    organic is healthier i dont eat meat because the USDA is not doing there job i’m ealthier now than when i ate meat

  • Laura says:

    It’s time to put animal welfare above human greed and laziness.

  • Jeannette Sosa says:

    Healthy animals produce healthy food. It’s pretty simple. And it’s the humane thing to do. Who wants to eat misery?

  • Alice Crandall says:

    The Organic Animal Welfare Rule needs to go into effect immediately. Our animals need to be treated much better – they are a gift to our earth.

  • Bill Barbieri says:

    Bill says
    No one doubts that being healthy and feeling good is better that being sick and feeling bad. We know that there is a right to medical insurance to make that happen. Organic food compliments that insurance.

  • Dee says:

    What is it going to take to make the public aware of what eating animal products is doing to our health. Maybe having AG open PUBLIC tours of slaughter houses, chemical plants and processing houses.
    Be conscious of your own health

  • Diana R. Carr says:

    The Organic Animal Welfare Standards must go into effect. How can anyone sanction the unconscionable acts of cruelty to animals that are allowed in this country? These are sentient beings, that know pain and fear. We owe them nothing but kindness.

  • Susan Wright says:

    WE only eat organic, we need to eat organic

  • Rod Spearer says:

    Knowing about animals AND treating them shabbily is — simply put–SUB-HUMAN. Basta!

  • Gayle Mackey says:

    Ghandi said, “A country will be judged by the way it treats it’s animals!” I voted for you President Trump and I want you to do the right thing now for animals. They deserve better and have been treated horribly for years. Europe does not treat their animals like we do, they have very humane practices. They also will not import any of our meat or other products that are full of the crap the US puts in their food, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, hormones, etc. If you want the respect of more US citizens here’s a great way to get it.

    Gayle Mackey

    • Rosanne Spinner says:

      Ditto what you said, Gayle Mackey: I voted for Trump as well and would not want to assume that he will reverse these hard-fought-for standards. If that is the plan, I urge him to reconsider.

  • Gayle Mackey says:

    For once and for all animals. Do the right thing!

  • John Abbot says:

    I tried to make the following comment on the regulations.gov page, but it was closed even though where I am it was still 2 hours before midnight June 09th. I guess the day ends when Washington DC goes to sleep and never mind the rest of America.

    I am posting it here just to not feel like I had wasted 2 hours of my time. But I am sorry I was late in filing it.

    “To All

    The issue of whether or not the new Organic Animal Welfare Standards should be retained and go forward in full effect does not require USDA regulators, nor Members of Congress, nor Senators nor President Trump to debate “the science” underlying the matter.

    They do not need to consider the economic benefits of canceling these standards for the suppliers.

    They do not need to consider the politics of the matter; right or left is not important.

    There are matters when some or all of those considerations may bear much weight, and require in depth discussion and debate. But this is not such a matter.

    In this matter all the regulators, Congressional Members, Senators and President really need to do to make the only conscionable decision possible is go view the manner in which the millions upon millions of animals affected by these standards will continue to suffer if the standards are not allowed to stand.

    Don’t sit around for days on end repeating the same tired rhetoric that supports your chosen political party, or your chosen food producer lobbyist. Get your butts out of your seats and go see for yourself. At the very least, watch some of the endless numbers of videos available on YouTube that show up when you search a term on YouTube such as “farm animals suffering”.

    Once any decent, thinking human being does that, it is impossible for them to not realize that we have crossed all the boundaries of common decency and common sense in allowing these fellow inhabitants of our planet to suffer so much for no other reason than that we can chow down on them in shameless gluttony. It goes well beyond lack of respect for Mother Nature, and has reached the point of complete lack of respect for ourselves as human beings.

    I say the following without reference to any religion, and am myself an agnostic.

    If you are a regulator with a say in the matter, a Congressman or Congresswoman, a Senator or if you are President Trump, and you make a decision in this matter without visually experiencing the suffering of these innocent animals, then you are being absolutely derelict in your duties to Americans in the making of such a decision. And once you have seen their suffering, if you decide to allow these animals to continue to suffer as they are, then you are being derelict in your duty to preserve the health of the American human spirit, and the health of your own soul.

    When you see how these animals suffer, your brain, your heart, your gut and your humanity will all tell you these new Organic Animal Welfare Standards are the absolute minimum of what must be done, and you will make sure they are maintained, if not expanded upon.

    I beseech you to go see for yourself the incredible suffering of our fellow living beings at our hands, before you frivolously decide that it doesn’t matter. You owe it to us. You owe it to yourselves.

    Thank you,

    John Abbot

  • Marlene Carroll says:

    It is important to do the right thing in treating our animals with respect and keeping the soil rich in composted materials that will produce healthy organic vegetables for human consumption.

  • John Czachurski says:

    The Organic Animal Welfare Standards must be implemented immediately. We deserve standards that support the welfare of people and animals; not standards that support the greed of corporations.

  • John Healy says:

    We all have a basic fundamental right to have access to healthy food. Please let’s not backtrack on what so many people have worked toward for better health!

  • How insane ……we have come a long way….not OK to go backwards…..treat all animals how you would want to be treated….organic….non GMO….free range…..no drugs or steroids etc!!!!

  • Tom says:

    He’s a disgrace to everything.

  • chandresh says:

    Be humane for animal wellfare!

  • Gabriela says:

    Mr. President, making America Great Again is closely related to how Americans eat and the kind of food it’s available to them. With so many chemicals , preservatives and pesticides used in a lot of our food there is no wonder the health of the American people has been in jepardy too long . Health includes not just having a good Insurance, but having a healthy way of life that fosters good nutrition, prevention and education. When you are healthy, you are happier and you are much more productive at home and work. Your relationships are healthier at home and at work. Too many Americans suffered daily heath problems that could be prevented by better quality of food, and instead they depend on their medications to survive. At the end, the Pharmaceutical companies are the ones making a pile of money. Animals are also not been treated fearly. It is sad that in order to find good quality food, you have to buy ORGANIC which is expensive and not everyone can afford it. I have confidence that you Mr. President will make the right decissions in this regard. I voted for you.

    • Ines Apel says:

      Gabriela, I could not agree with you more. You made some excellent points. Well written.

    • Tiffany Hample says:

      It all begins and ends with healthy eating!!!!! Please go forward with humane treatment standards of animals! Everything God made has a purpose and is to be respected! Including the animals we use as a food source.
      Thank you!

    • Louise Osgood says:

      The standards set up by Obama about food should be followed! Do it!

  • Dan Dupey says:

    I sent a good comment on how it all should be like the farms we grew up with..

    Dan Dupey

  • Dara says:

    We all have a basic fundamental right to have access to healthy food. Please let’s not backtrack on what so many people have worked toward for better health!

  • dasa Mikulicka Blasko says:

    America go organic!

  • Toni DiDonato says:

    • The Organic Animal Welfare Standards was the product of years of inclusive deliberation on the part of farmers, consumers, retailers and policy makers. This policy evens the playing field for farmers and brings the organic standards in line with consumer expectations. This will improve the lives of some 50 million animals each year and will improve the overall organic market and increase trust in the USDA Organic seal.
    It also brings lagging producers up to standards already practiced by the majority of the organic industry.
    We’ve come so far and compared to many countries in Europe, we are still behind! We cannot take steps back!!! We need organic farming for our health and for the animals sake!!!

  • Sheila McNally says:

    I voted for Donald Trump because I believed out of the two candidates, he would truly be for the American people. If this is true, it is horrible! We should have a choice of organic, free of pesticides. antibiotics, nitrites, and hormones, etc. Why don’t the Republicans and Democrats work together for the good of the people they represent and not be pressured by Big Ag or other companies. IT IS NOT A COMPETITION BETWEEN PARTIES!!!!! These animals suffer terribly and inhumanely at the hands of these factories and people are getting sick. It took a long time to get laws that would treat animals better and more protection is needed. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis which effects the immune system; since eating healthier organic foods, it has improved and my body in general is better. What happened to the Independent party – why aren’t they speaking out on many things. Our government should be adding to the laws that protect people’s health and that are working well.

  • Susan says:

    We demand safe food for children and for all of us! Period. I highly doubt Mr. Trump eats garbage. Ugh disgusting

  • W. D. McDonald says:

    Organic Animal Welfare Standards need to stay in place…we need to be a healthy nation!

  • michele zychowski says:

    Do a little research on the nutritional causes of the issues your son, Baron, has. If you can’t protect the people of this country, at least do this for your own son.

  • RetaAnn Reames says:

    PLEASE DO THE RIGHT THING…by giving us and your family, safe foods by implementing the Organic Animal Welfare Act. If the American people can get organic foods and meats from unstressed animals–labeled so we know they are safe, without GMO,pesticides and poisons…You must realize-that if we are healthier–Insurances could be lower. Please don’t let the greed in Monsanto,Dow and Big Pharma get to you,Pres. Trump…I’m counting on you to do the right thing-Make our (and you &your beautiful family s’) food SAFE . Safe food should be the first thing to—MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!

  • joni says:

    Mr. Trump,

    I bet your son won’t eat trash, will he? You wouldn’t allow him to, I hope. Well, we the people don’t want to eat trash either and you need to be as concerned for us citizens as you are your own son! I’m fighting cancer and it’s bad enough I can’t get CBD oil in my state, please don’t take away my only food source for living.

  • Rachel says:

    Please do not remove the USDA organic animal welfare standards currently in place. Please only work to improve and enforce them. We must work to create a healthy and compassionate standard that works for people, animals, and businesses alike. We must not let cruelty be left unchecked at the cost of our health and standards in order to only benefit the bottom line of business that will not think beyond immediate profit. It puts us all at risk – morally, physically, etc. we must be bigger than we are and always strive to improve our world. What are we here for – truly?? Certainly not just for the short term gain of any business entity. How does that EVER justify putting humans and animals at risk at any time? Please be on the side of advancing the human and animal condition and be a proactive force in improving this world. Thank you. Below are good talking points beyond my own plea above.

    The final Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule:

    • Was the product of years of inclusive deliberation on the part of farmers, consumers, retailers and policy makers.
    • Evens the playing field for farmers.
    • Brings the organic standards in line with consumer expectations.
    • Will improve the lives of some 50 million animals each year.
    • Will improve the overall organic market and increase trust in the USDA Organic seal.
    • Brings lagging producers up to standards already practiced by the majority of the organic industry.

    I sincerely appreciate you taking this seriously and with compassion. I do not idly write you.
    Thank you.

  • Ricki says:

    The United States of America is the leader in a lot of things, however, in health care for humanity and its animals it’s time we stepped up our consideration for those who provide life and nourishment for us. The USDA supposedly exists to serve the public interest. We care enormously about both Organic food standards and the treatment of the animals for our food sources – which includes using chemicals and growth stimulants on these animals which in turn we the people ingest as we eat. Being cruel serves no purpose except to improve profits of the perpetrators of the cruelty. The USDA must use the standards agreed to by groups working with those who understand how to farm and raise produce and animals with care and organic methods: IT’S LESS EXPENSIVE AND PRODUCES MORE THAN THE CHEMICAL METHODS USED IN BIG FARM COMMUNES
    Please hear our voices! We care about the chemicals on and in our food and safe proven organic foods and we care about humane treatment of animals!

  • Scottie says:

    Please stop screwing with our food! “We the domesticated people of the U.S.”

  • Margaret Connealy says:

    Please respect the standards that Obama has instituted for the care of animals that we eat. It is nothing more than shameful to treat them so disrespectfully. It hurts us as a nation. Please.

    • Vegan 4 a healthy Earth says:

      The more vegans, and people insisting on only buting organic, the less animal exploitation and rubbish “food” there will be.

      Vote with your dollars, falling profits are the only thing they’ll listen too.

      If everyone was a vegan, animal ag would have to disappear, as there’d be no buyers, and no profit.

      If you love your pets, imaging them tied up and hung by one foot, and then their throat slit.

      This happens with all “meat” animals and birds, even “free range” and “organic” ones.

      Little lambs, male baby calves and male chicks, are ALL killed, by the millions, as newborns, or before their 1st birthday.

      “Meat”, is a dead corpse. If you don’t want to eat road kill, why do you want to eat innocent animals born to die?

      Your burger, was once a baby calf. Your “nuggets” were baby chick, and actually, they ARE baby chicks, about 8 months old! The chickens still peep like chicks, when they’re vacuumed up, or slammed into crates to be hung upside down, and have their necks run over saw blades.

      Chickens are sweet, personable birds, with unique habits and personalities, just like dogs and cats, if you treat them right.

      There are all kinds of recipes for animal free food, on the internet for free.

      People don’t need to forcibly breed millions of animals, when the Earth provides plenty of plant based proteins.

      Millions of baby animals don’t need to be born to die.

      Humans only need 45 GRAMS of protein a day, from all sources.

      Anything made with seeds, has plant protein in it. That includes, bread, toast, rolls, bagels, bakery goods, rice, nuts, nut butters, pumpkin & sunflower seeds, pasta, crackers, etc.

      Stop thinking about how to put dead things in your meals (animals), and start thinking about how to put vibrant living things in your food (plants).

      Did you know you can eat chive flowers? You can! They’re so good!

      They turn any meal into a delicacy! They’re pretty, and taste awesome!

      Most people don’t know they can eat them, because they’re too delicate to be harvested for retail sale.

      Chive plants are also perennials, so they’ll provide you with leaves and flowers for a lifetime, once planted.

      Start getting to know your food. What’s in it? Where does it come from?

      If it’s not organic, assume it’s full of GMOs, and don’t buy it.

      Learn to cook, make a meal plan, know what you need for the month.

      Get a bento box, and some cold packs and make your own lunch.

      I didn’t vote for Trump, because I knew he didn’t give a darn about food.

      But if he cares about money, he should see, that the organic sector, is growing, and dairy and animal ag is faltering because of the web, media and famous personalities and the grand scale of animal ag on the environment, and people’s health, smart people are choosing plant based/animal free eating.

      Trump’s adult boys, go on “safari” and kill beautiful endangered species.

      They don’t care about animals one bit.

      Save lives & the environment! Go veganic! (vegan & organic) = cruelty free & chemical & GMO free.

      Veganic, is the most ethical, and cleanest way to eat.

      The only way to stop animal cruelty, is to stop the profits from animal exploitation!

      The FDA, doesn’t do anything useful. Premarin, a menopause drug, is made from the urine from pregnant mares, they treat the same way as cows. PREgnant MARe urINe. The mares must be pregnant to make the hormone. The baby foals, are considered “waste”. The mares stand in straight stalls all day, unable to lie down, or move, as they’re connected to collection bags.

      When a Dr. gives you a pill, you have no idea what’s in it. They leave you in the dark on purpose.

      • Dede says:

        Obama DID NOT BAN THE GMO BILL, WHEN HE PROMISED FARMERS AND THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS THAT HIS BELIEF WAS THAT WE HAD THE RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT IS IN OUR FOOD!!!!!
        Obama was a liar and BETRAYED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND FARMERS!
        Where were you when this was all going down?

  • Sonja Flemming says:

    • Was the product of years of inclusive deliberation on the part of farmers, consumers, retailers and policy makers.
    • Evens the playing field for farmers.
    • Brings the organic standards in line with consumer expectations.
    • Will improve the lives of some 50 million animals each year.
    • Will improve the overall organic market and increase trust in the USDA Organic seal.
    • Brings lagging producers up to standards already practiced by the majority of the organic industry.

    We’ve come so far and compare to many countries in Europe we are still behind! And we CAN’T take steps back!!! We need organic farming for our health and the animals sake!!!
    What are the reasons to reverse such progress? We all need the organic animal welfare!!

  • Done. Thank you for notifying us about this important decision so we could add our support.

  • Jill Rusch says:

    Keep americans healthy. I dont know about you all, but i want to live a long life. Keeping the organic standards is essential to our future health. Statistics shoe that 1 in every 3 people will develop cancer in there life time. I believe this from all of the pesticides in our foid today.

  • Sharra Cook says:

    Please, People who choose to eat healthy have a hard enough time in this country. Lets not give any more concessions to these groups that dont care about organic. or if we have access to it

  • Beth Webb says:

    Animal welfare is an important aspect of these new regulations. They need to be implemented before the current administration weakens them.

  • Lynn says:

    I stand for healthy, organically grown food, free from GMOs. I stand for treating all animals humanly, including those we grow for food. Pathetic, sickly animals do not make for good eating. I stand for healthy soil, free from pesticides and things that will eventually make us all sick. If we cannot control our food supply how the hell are we going to control the climate? Why don’t we actually do something about the things we can control ie. Food and water quality, and quit spending money chasing things we have very little control over. ie. Climate. Remember, one volcanic explosion will reverse all efforts we make for 100 years in 5 minutes. We cannot control Mother Nature, but we can control our health to a great degree. Let’s get rid of things that cause sickness. Let’s eat things our bodies were meant to eat and that would not include pesticides and GMOs. Finally. I stand for Trump and I hope he will stand for me.

    • Katherine says:

      Hi Lynn, Clean air, healthy food, clean water, and taking charge of our own health through diet and lifestyle … these are things dear to my heart as well. As it turns out, these same things are also at the very heart of protecting our environment, climate, and planet. I encourage you and everyone to watch Cowspiracy and What The Health, two great documentaries that help connect many dots. Best wishes!

  • Along with other beneficial and positive changes our President is making, we have confidence that he will see the monumental step protecting our health that supporting the organic movement will be. The groundwork done by many can’t fall by the wayside.

  • Caroline Hess says:

    Dear Governmental Electrd Officals,

    We really need to take our health seriously. Please leave the Organic Animal Welfare Standards in place. We need to care for our fellow man, animal and shared planet. If we choose to eat organic, then we should be assured that the animals are treated well and respected. President Trump has done a lot of good thus far. If he realized the horrible treatment that these poor animals had to suffer, he would maintain the Orginic Animal Welfare Standards. President Trump wants the American public healthier patriotically, financially and nutritionally. Eating organic leads to better health and would help alleviate the rising cost of health care. Organic should be truly organic and the animals should be treated humanly! President Trump isn’t afraid to do the right thing. Please support maintaining the Organic Animal Welfare Standards!! Thank you.

  • Melanie says:

    The Organic Animal Welfare Rule only makes sense. We the people have the choice of foods we purchase – but only when labeling means something. The more compelling it is for companies to be certified “Organic”, the more the label should ACTUALLY MEAN something. President Trump said in his inaugural speech that we will be making the hard changes that will lead to our becoming great again. Let the “not so organically run” companies change their practices if they want to retain the premium sales prices. Not to do so runs the “real” organic farmers out of the playing field and trashes the whole organic concept. That would be stupid. Buying/eating organic is NOT stupid – it’s fighting for our health. By keeping standards low, the health of Americans is being compromised. LET THIS NEW RULE take effect!

  • Roos says:

    I fully agree with your arguments to stop the negative reactions from the White House.
    Let animals have a better life than they have now.

    This is the first time I send this. Roos

  • Roos says:

    I fully agree with your arguments to stop the negative reactions from the White House.
    Let animals have a better life than they have now.

  • Bo says:

    It’s amazing you can politicize every single issue.
    Obama didn’t pass this bill. Right? Why?
    This guy is in the office for 6 months and everything is his fault???
    Give me a f…. break

  • Gertrude Gebin says:

    Going organics is healthier for the environment and our health. And, compassionate treatment of animals is of utmost importance. This Organic Animal Welfare Standards must be put into effect immediately. Healthy Americans, as well animals, is very good for America. It is incumbent on the Trump administration to take action for the betterment of the American public.

  • Animals need to be humanely treated with proper space and ventilation to cut down on pathogens being transmitted. Melania Trump believes in health. We do too, not only for ourselves, but for future generations. Please leave organic standards in place. Please let us become more healthy!

  • lisafrequency says:

    I think Trump is very concerned about foods. Maybe when all the people get over Hillary loosing we will all be able to have more communication with the president. I am very sure he is on to the GMO thing but big agra is very powerful group as all of you concerned about GMO should already know.
    I don’t know why so many people can’t see that the people who oppose Trump is the big power brokers you know who I am talking about the big bankers and the people who think every major commodity belong to them.

    Trump is way more pro natuarl foods tha Hillary is. If Obama was so pro organic then why did he put a Monsanto honcho over the USDA and why did he not make this EO more widely known?

  • Carol Dwyer says:

    Republicans and Democrats alike who do not pass this bill, deserve to be subjected to the same daily living environments and these sentient animals

  • Carol Dwyer says:

    Republicans and Democrats alike, who do not work hard to ensure this bill is passed deserve to live in the same conditions that they ARE RESPONSIBLE for putting sentient animals in.

  • Dr. Carolyn Craven says:

    I urge you to direct the USDA to implement the Organic Animal Welfare Standards. This is an AMERICAN issue (not R vs D). The U.S. could be an international role model!

    The final rules are the product of years of deliberations among many stakeholders, including farmers, consumers, policy makers, and retailers. The rules will bring organic standards in alignment with consumer expectations and will improve the lives of over 50 million animals in the U.S. every year.

    This is an opportunity for you to make a decision from a place of wisdom for the most benevolent outcome for all involved. I sincerely hope you will make that decision.

    Dr. Carolyn Craven

  • Tamara says:

    I have tried entering my comment numerous times on the .gov webpage. It is not accepting my comment. Yes, I have filled out all required fields; yes, I read their Commenter Checklist; yes, I refreshed my page and even used multiple browsers. Either their site is broken or they intentionally do not want to my comment.

  • Paula says:

    Please keep Orange food standards at its best.
    It is a sacrifice to pay the prices, but so worth it.
    We need to eat and be healthy as a society.
    There is so little that we have a voice in, but being healthy should be a right and choice!!

  • Please do the “RIGHT” thing and implement the Food Processing Standards that handle all live creatures humanely. Implement Organic Animal Welfare Standards NOW!

  • Beverly Velasquez says:

    Please! For our health, our children and grandchildren. We need a clean planet, we need organic food. I heard that Mrs. trump believes the same way. Protect your family and mine, along with our food producers! SAVE ALL OF US!!!!

  • Joe Carson says:

    Where is the Petition to sign???

    We’re all in a terrible situation! If Trump gets impeached we’ll have to do with all his cronies and the veep.

    • Danielle ODIN says:

      We need to get rid of the entire frump and his appointees. That is the only way we will see ourselves FREE and also unemcumbered by his system.

  • Pat says:

    I stand for healthy organic foods and healthy families.

  • maggie says:

    animals deserve to be treated humanely and people deserve the right to have a choice and know what’s in the food they eat.

  • Jan Snape says:

    Please have the USDA implement the organic animal welfare standards ,Now…this was agreed to quite awhile ago.
    We have a right to know that we are getting true organic food .As We All Know You Are What You Eat. Thank You. If Mr. Perdue is not up to the task of protecting the consumers rather than Corporations then maybe someone else is more suited for the job.

  • Rimma Shiptsova says:

    leave organic farming alone or no one will have a decent food to it, including the elites and their children

  • cm field says:

    for affordable health care we need to eat food in its purist form which is organic, pastured and humanely raised. God has told us we are responsible for the care of the animals.

  • ridley says:

    “The greatness of a nation and it’s moral progress can be judged by the way it’s animals are treated,” Gandhi
    this says it all

  • Susan Boyd says:

    American consumers have a right to know what they are eating, and all animals deserve to be treated humanely.

  • Cal says:

    Please leave the Organic Animals Standards in place.

  • Rosanne says:

    Please implement the Organic Animal Welfare Standard. We must protect our animals from cruelty and protect ourselves from all the foods that are making us sick. Please Mr. President check into the ways our animals are being treated and stop big Pharma from making a big profit and disregarding our health. We need to concentrate on our food supply if we are to make America Great Again. Thank you and God Bless our country!

  • Teresa says:

    I stand for organic food and health for our families!

  • Melody says:

    Please enforce truthful organic labeling. Push organic foods over the poisoned foods selling in our markets. Treat the animals that become our food with decency while raising them.. Go back to the old fashion way of raising cows to graze in the fields and allowing chickens to be free range. Quit feeding them GMO corn. An quit putting hormones and antibiotics into these animals because what you do to these animals and crops is drastically hurting our health and causing disease for all of us.

  • Foe the health and welfare of all the people of this nation, we need to treat animals humanely and maintain a
    high standard by preserving and promoting organic foods, and not bend to the corporate greed of companies like Monsanto, who have poisoned so many thousands of people with their pesticides and other harmful practices.

  • Jonathan Moore says:

    President Trump, you campaigned as a populist, ready to defend the American people against the swap of Washington special interest. Thus far you have not delivered on your promise, and many believed you would. Take a stand now a support Organic Animal Welfare Standards please.

  • Judith Morris says:

    Food should not be messed with. This is a trust that our grandchildren expect from us. We need to be good examples for our children. Clean up your act for them.

  • lana says:

    Please put the organic animal welfare standards in to affect immediately. Animals are not meant to be abused. The health of ourselves as well as the health of the animals which feed us depend on it. This is just one more reason our health is declining.

  • Guy Perkins says:

    What is un-Republican about the Organic Animal Welfare Rule?

  • Iriana Shiyan says:

    Do not put USA back to dark ages where people have to change the government because it’s against people. Think health, think education, think on the planet level of good being. Stop thinking money and power only. Organic is a standard for well being. Start doing something good to pull USA from becoming 3rd world country! If you don’t take action to help your own country one day you will be old, sick and miserable of your life actions.

  • Cindy says:

    Eating clean food with no GMOs is a God given right!

  • Barb says:

    OK President Trump. I voted for you and so did most of my family!! We are wanting to improve our health for generations to come. We need you to pull through & allow more humane treatment of the food we eat. This will affect the food YOUR family eats, too. You’ve got to care about them, right? Please do your research. There are many, many inhumane ways our food supply is being raised, from antibiotics to hormones to cramped quarters and sickly animals. You really don’t want to eat that kind of food do you?? And neither do we!! Please DO NOT kill the standards that Obama began. At least he did something right for our country. DO NOT let us down!!!!

  • LJ Sickles says:

    All living creatures deserve to be respected. It is imperative that the Organic Animal Welfare Standards are put into place. We want to teach our children to do the right thing so let’s do it.

  • Margaret says:

    You idiots that have never farmed or ran a ranch have no clue what you are talking about. Everything our Government Servants put their noses in goes to shit. They have no business telling We The People how to run our business’s. Read the Constitution. For those of you that think profit is not important, why do you work? If our farmers and ranchers don’t make a profit how do you think they will be able to stay in business? Where will you bitching idiots get your food? Don’t blame the food producing people for all the shit in the food supply, the blame is on the people that make the poisons that go into the soil and in the animals that get approved safe by all the greedy Government servants so “they” make big money, not the producers. You people bitching about the food supply are bitching at the wrong end of the problem, it is NOT farmers or ranchers, it is the regulatory agencies, they need to go and so will go the poisons produced to contaminate our foods.

  • Amelia Gerlach says:

    Demand humane treatment of all creatures!

  • Maria weidner says:

    I would like to feed my family wholesome, organic food.
    Even if it comes at the expense of other things and money!!!

  • Bruce Greene says:

    Final implementation of the Organic Animal Welfare rules is the only right thing to do. We can’t be a nation that mistreats the objects of our stewardship on this earth. Allowing poisons into our food supply is immoral. The elevation of profit over the health of animals, organically grown food and people is indefensible. Do the right thing and make this implementation final!

  • We, as American consumers and tax payers that pay our government employees such as our congress, our senate, and our President expect and demand our rights to clean and healthy food . Why has cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and many other diseases reached such epidemic proportions? Because we are being fed poison through the products that are being produced by our farmers. 85% of all farmers are basically forced into using GMO seeds which no longer contain the vital nutrients they originally had when God gave them to us. Then the farmers are forced by Monsanto into using poisonous pesticides on the plants. These plants are feed to the animals that we eat, so not only are we eating this poison in our produce, but now we are also consuming it in our animal products!! Additionally, these animals are fed hormones to make them grow larger and faster and are raised in crowded conditions and fed antibiotics to keep them from getting sick. These hormones and antibiotics are now consumed by Americans when we eat the meat. Antibiotics and hormones are WAY OVER USED!!!! The cruel conditions that OUR animals are subjected to and the poisons we are consuming because of the greed in the people that are running our country needs to STOP NOW!!!!!! We as tax paying Americans expect and demand healthy, clean, AND sane practices in growing and producing our food!!!! WE WANT TO KNOW THAT WE HAVE SAFE ORGANIC FOOD FOR ALL, INCLUDING FOR OUR ANIMALS, AND THAT OUR ANIMALS ARE TREATED HUMANELY!!!!!

  • Pam says:

    Please, you must implement Organic Animal Welfare Standards. It’s in the best interest of the people and animals and yourselves! Really, it’s a No-Brainer! People are sick and full of disease and poor standards is one of the reasons. Help us all, please!

  • Lillingston Fizzy says:

    Be kind please !

  • Linden says:

    The first child welfare court case called upon animals rights and care standards to establish that mistreatment of humans was wrong and subject to discipline. We realized that care standards for humans needed to be set out clearly; in the same way we need animal care standards and policies. Arrest anarchial irresponsibility.

  • Rosa D. C. says:

    Please implement Organic Animal Welfare Standards immediately. Let’s protect our health and let’s protect our world. We share our world with so many beautiful living beings that deserve to be treated humanely and so much better by all of us. These gentle, defenseless loving animals, as well as our mother earth, deserve our love and care as well as our gratitude. If we abuse them and exploit them, we are just killing ourselves and destroying our world faster. Think before you act, think before you speak, think before you think and let’s fill our hearts with spiritual love and virtues and be the change we want to see in the world.

  • Raissa says:

    Juicing with Organic fruits and vegetables will get rid of cancer and all other ailments. It’s alot of work but worth it. You will think better and be happier. You actually get smarter and more creative. Start with yourself and then you will be helpful to others.

  • Ernest B. Montoro says:

    Please leave the Organic Animals Standards in place.

  • Keira says:

    Keep animal standards humane.

  • Phoebe white says:

    We must ensure that we care for the animal kingdom ! Christ told us to be stewards for them when He said ” I have given u dominion over the animals , “not domination. So let’s be good human beings and take care of all of creation and also the planet! Sincerely phoebe white

  • dee says:

    Please support this bill. You are then supporting the health and wellbeing of your constituency as opposed to the financial interests of one special interest group– big Ag

  • Li-Eva Selebo says:

    Treat the animals well. Pass the organic animal wellfare act now.
    Stop the GREED, THINK ABOUT THE WELFARE OF THE ANIMALS.

  • Please adopt regulations for humane treatment of animals and animal products for human consumption. We know that organic is best and the most nourishing for our food supply.

  • Gaye says:

    Organic Food and Humane Animal Production: it comes down to this . . . who does the USDA represent, the American people or the food industry???

  • CPayne says:

    I have had great expectations that Trump would do the right thing when it came to organic food as he even serves it in his restaurants and resorts. Having a Perdue running the USDA seems to be counter productive to me. I expect the USDA to comply with the Organic Animal Welfare Standards put in place at the end of Obama’s term in office.It is the right thing to do.

  • Karen says:

    Please keep the Organic Animal Welfare Standards in place. All human beings, farmers, animals and the environment will thank you! You Reap What You Sow.

  • Judith Frazier says:

    Eating food that is not toxic and tainted should be a basic right of every one. When did it become okay to pollute our food, water and air and tell us we’re the problem. The “bad” food is going to bankrupt the country with so many sick children, adults and seniors! When will the S.A.D diet of the U.S. be recognized for what it is? A bad idea who time has passed. Socrates said it best ” let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.”

    • Judith Frazier says:

      Oops it was Hippocrates not Socrates

      • Well said Judith!!! The insane practices in producing our food being led and sanctioned by our government are leading to the demise of out great nation! Unless these unhealthy practices in producing food for our people is changed we will FALL AS A NATION! Cancer is at Epidemic proportions, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and many other diseases are out of control because of these barbaric practices and the poison in our food via pesticides, hormones and antibiotics. It must Stop NOW!!!!

  • Melva says:

    Keep our animals safe and healthy and our food for consumption organic from animals with organic standards.

  • Ed Eng says:

    STOP TRUMP AND HIS ADMINISTRATION/FAMILY OF NOT GIVE A SH_T FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!

  • Consumers deserve to know the products that we are buying are truly organic and that the animals are being treated fairly and allowing ANY LEVEL of POISONS on our food MUST BE BANNED!

  • Gala Lirette says:

    PLEASE DO NOT DELAY THIS LEGISLATION GOING INTO ACTION…..
    PUT PEOPLE AND OUR HEALTH ABOVE PROFITS (FOR ONCE).
    WE NEED ANIMAL GROWING AND FOOD PRODUCTION TO BE ELEVATED IN THIS COUNTY
    STOP THE DELAY AND INSANITY AND LET THIS LEGISLATION DO WHAT IT WAS DESIGNED TO DO.
    PLEASE….PLEASE….PLEASE–I agree with Jackie Shepherd’s post wholeheartedly

  • Nilda says:

    I believe president Trump make the right decision concerning our food industry. We have to protect our farms and treat our animals humanly and with respect.

  • Ally painter says:

    As a Christian I believe all of Gods creatures should be taken care of, he gave them to us as a gift and everything on this earth! It is mans job to rule over it and respect it! And our bodies are a temple of the Holy Ghost, our living God it is vital we take care of our bodies. The way animals and our earth is being “taken care of” now is disgusting! And it must be changed!!

  • Only those with stony hardened hearts have no care or feeling of how animals are treated. Let’s pray some people with tender compassionate hearts take charge of animal rights and see they’re treated humanely and we humans also deserve to know our food is healthy…no gmo, poisons, and pesticide free!

  • georgie says:

    i won’t participate in any more of this, standard for organic ANIMAL Welfare law., like a few more inches of floor space couple of years ago. I advocate VEGANISM. NO EGGS, no enslavement, no raping and exploitation of female uteruses, period.!!! So, if you eat eggs, and financially support he human slavemaster, and want to DECEIVED yourself about HUMANE eggs, then it your problem if you’re getting ripped off doing business with Crooks and killers.

  • Gibert says:

    “Organic foods are the best”

  • Greg says:

    If animals suffer we all suffer because the full nutrients will be missing

  • Grace B says:

    Consumers deserve to know that the “organic” produce they are buying is truly organic and that the “USDA Organic” seal is truly trustworthy. Please implement the Organic Animal Welfare Standard immediately. It’s the right thing to do! God speed.

  • SALLY ROCKWELL says:

    KEEP our food clean ;and our animals safe

  • MaryEllen Noel says:

    As a Vegan ,I no longer consume animals or animal byproducts, but any legislation that will help alleviate the abuse that occurs in factory farming ,is a start .
    The USDA must implement the Organic Animal Welfare Standards Immediately! ! ! !

  • Patricia miller says:

    Please take care of the people of this country and do the right thing. We need Organic foods and humane treatment of animals especially as we are consuming them but also because its the way it should be done. We should act like barbarians always because of profit margins.

  • JACKIE SHEPHERD says:

    PLEASE DO NOT DELAY THIS LEGISLATION GOING INTO ACTION…..
    PUT PEOPLE AND OUR HEALTH ABOVE PROFITS (FOR ONCE).
    WE NEED ANIMAL GROWING AND FOOD PRODUCTION TO BE ELEVATED IN THIS COUNTY
    STOP THE DELAY AND INSANITY AND LET THIS LEGISLATION DO WHAT IT WAS DESIGNED TO DO.
    PLEASE….PLEASE….PLEASE

  • Sharry Lachman says:

    We, the American public, need the Organic Animal Welfare Standards to go into effect immediately. It our protection against GMO’s and will increase our trust in the USDA organic seal. Please pass this important bill without further delay.

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  • Donna Miles says:

    Thank you for keeping our foods organic, without GMO’s. Humans and animals need to be treated fairly!

  • Sara Lang says:

    Don’t throw out the years already spent by farmers, consumers, retailers and policy makers putting this together. This evens the field for farmers and will improve the lives and deaths of 50 million animals per year.

  • Joan Turner says:

    I have eaten organically for a long time and plan to continue. Please bring the organic standards in line with consumer expectations.

  • Sharon says:

    Protect our organic farmers gmo foods are causing illness help them and pleaseprotect our farm animals they should be treated humanleynot treated bad because it is cheaper for farmers . I voted for you president trump will be very dissaponited if you do not protect organic farmers and and animals it will save money in the health of our country

  • Walter Barr says:

    The health and well being of farm animals is directly effecting the health and well being of us the ultimate consumer. They must be protected.

  • AS consumers we deserve that we know whether products are truly organic or not! Also animals need to be treated in the best way in a humane way! Dunja

  • Betty Huff says:

    Please keep our foods organic, No GMO’s. Humans and animals need to be treated fairly!

  • kiran dulai says:

    i am diabetic. i eat only organic+other things. i reverse my diabetes so please do the right thing for every body.

  • C. Trell says:

    USDA exists to serve the public interest right? We care enormously about both Organic food standards and the treatment of the animals for our food sources. Being cruel serves no purpose except to improve profits of the perpetrators of the cruelty. The USDA must use the standards agreed to by groups working with the Obama Admin.
    Please hear our voices! We care about the chemicals on our food and safe proven organic foods and we care about humane treatment of animals!

  • bryna kreusch says:

    Please stop allowing the animal abuse, atrocious conditions, and horrible gmo feed this animals are getting. Please strive for regulations that will put healthy organic meats and vegetables on every Americans dinner table Lets get rid of the chicken factories

  • Barbara Jacobsen says:

    650 4th St. W. #43

  • Grace says:

    As a consumer I expect that our government should be promoting and insisting that we get the best for our hard earned money and the labels on our foods can be trusted.

  • Michael Holstrom says:

    Please implement the organic animal welfare rules. Helping to stop animal cruelty is the right thing to do.

  • mary cook says:

    Please do all that you can to keep the planet safe from poisons, abuse, exploitation and greed. Protect organic farmers and foods, and non-GMO’s and protect animals from torture and harm!!!

  • Nancy Kinkead says:

    The organic animal wealfare act needs to be put in to action .
    We need to keep our good supply clean .
    This will not only improve the health of animals but the health of our organic food supply .
    This also helps keep the intigraty of our organic good supply .

  • Jan Chapman says:

    Please do not take us backwards. This is crucial legislation.

  • Avery says:

    Monsanto and Bayer are actively trying to monopolize our food sources. They use hazardous poisons as herbicides and pesticides, putting our food supply at great risk. Organic food production is sustainable, economical, and better for people and the environment. And the food tastes better. Do the right thing, and support organic food production.

  • K King says:

    Consumers deserve to know the products that we are buying are truly organic and that the animals are being treated fairly and allowing ANY LEVEL of POISONS on our food MUST BE BANNED!

  • Aurelie Laurence says:

    Not all regulations are bad. Keep this one!

  • Soumya raghavan says:

    Thanks Ocean for doing this! Always believe animals should be treated humanely and vegetarianism.

  • jeri schatz says:

    All the other comments are certainly the things that I agree with, and I feel that there is a deeply disturbing psychological reason that this president and his minions want to put a stop to anything with Obama’s imprint on them. How sad and small these old guys are.

  • Janet Rose says:

    When we harm animals and then eat them, we absorb this energy of fear and pain. Lets treat our animals with respect and kindness and absorb the energy of love when we eat instead. What is happening now is pure cruelty and nothing more. This needs to stop – not be ignored and reinforced.

  • Unfortunately, Agriculture and all AGricultural Colleges have been bought off for years. The Herbicide and Insecticide industry used every Agricultural College to do research on their chemicals using the County Agents of most counties in every state of the Union. We now have Chem-Trails sprayed into our atmospher to pollute it as well as the water and the land. There are so many negative forces at work in our country and world all because of GREED and POWER!! At 83 years of age I have been able to connect many of the dots that prove to me that EVIL ABOUNDS in our World!! I pray TRUMP can drain the swamp!!!

    • Yvonne Hansen says:

      How sad my alma mater, University of Wisconsin/Madison, now has Montsano funds to build an Ag building. Will cancel my alum publication subscription today and let them know how badly they behaved.

      • Dede says:

        THIS IS SO SAD TO HEAR!!! Monsanto and the Koch bros. have no scruples, only a lot of money, and they are buying their way into taking over this countries Agricultural System, Poison our food supply and make us all sick and have to take their Big Pharma Drugs!
        The hatred for them is CLEAR all over the WORLD, however, the less than bright leaders of world communities have the love of money and not the best interests of the health and well being of the PEOPLE!

  • For the benefit of the consumers and even our domestic animals,Organic food is the way to go,more so to our good health both human and the animals.We also protect our enviroment by practising organic farming.

  • Connie Kent says:

    Please keep our foods organic. No GMO’s.

  • Linda Dezotelle says:

    Since “The Donald” has been elected it would seem that any degree of poison is OK. It’s clear to me that the sooner all of us are dead or dying the happier his world will be. Of course his food will be perfect, we, on the other hand are on our own to survive.

  • Tannon Dowd says:

    This is horseshit!

  • Lisa Flowers says:

    Do the right thing!

  • Edwina Caldwell says:

    Why is this being delayed?

    The final Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule:

    • Was the product of years of inclusive deliberation on the part of farmers, consumers, retailers and policy makers.
    • Evens the playing field for farmers.
    • Brings the organic standards in line with consumer expectations.
    • Will improve the lives of some 50 million animals each year.
    • Will improve the overall organic market and increase trust in the USDA Organic seal.
    • Brings lagging producers up to standards already practiced by the majority of the organic industry.

    Action must be taken to insure future generations have quality food and to protect the environment.

  • Stanley says:

    Let’s Do The Right Thing!!!!

  • Connie Simon says:

    Protect our food chain!!!

  • John and Barbara Mortier says:

    “The greatness of a nation and it’s moral progress can be judged by the way it’s animals are treated,” Gandhi

  • Micah Levy says:

    Leave Obama’s Organic Standards in place. They are so much more humane than the alternative.

  • Lynn Anderson says:

    Please do the decent thing: implement Organic Animal Welfare Standards. Goodness knows, if we’re judged on the way we treat the defenseless, we’ll be in trouble. Let’s try to be a little better.

  • Elin Defrin says:

    Trump and his crew think that nothing will touch them. They’re immune from health problems. Nobody else is!
    Organic foods are very necessary to the rest of us poor mortals.

  • Lascinda says:

    Consumers deserve to know the products that we are buying are truly organic and that the animals are being treated fairly

    • I, as a former cancer patient, and with other Immunity health issues Bless this movement and Hope that Trump or others do not delay for all of us Citizens of America and the rest of the World……!

      • Natalia Kennedy says:

        Te media has been very stupid with attack the president and these full histories about his future acts.
        I never saw so much negative report and lies about one person but more stupid is the public which don’t wait something happen before they start to criticism before anything is a concrete news.
        Obama was the worst president for United States. His healthy program left me with more than $ 28,0000.00 dollars a year in deficit just because I had cancer. Please give a break for this president and give time to see what he will do.
        The american people elect him. If they elect Hillary we will have a corrupt person in the government which sold our principal mineral for the russinas.

        • Juana says:

          ORGANIC IS HEALTHIER!!! SO FOR THOSE HERE THAT BELIEVE THAT ORGANIC ISN’T DO SOME RESEARCH! LIKE YOU NATALIA! IF YOU HAVE CANCER! ALSO NO WE WONT GIVE TRUMP ANY MORE CHANCES. HE IS THE CORRUPTED ONE, HIS FAMILY, REPUBLICAN PARTY! IF YOU WANT TO GET WORSE, CONTINUE BELIEVING TRUMPS LIES!!!

          • Maria says:

            I agree with you 100%. We need to get this evil person and all his administration out of the White House NOW!!! I HOPE HE WILL BE IMPEACHED AND IMPRISONED!!!

        • Alexandria says:

          Well I disagree with you I think Obama is the best president and it’s not called healthcare it’s called disease care and if you would do your research you would know that and you would know that there is already a cure for cancer and there’s no need for people to suffer anymore from cancer but the American people are being lied to and people don’t do their research

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