Better Animal Welfare Standards Needed in Organic Agriculture

USDA Organic-by-US National Organic Program

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

Goal: Implement better animal welfare standards in the organic food industry and animal agriculture as a whole.

A proposal to strengthen animal welfare standards in organic chicken production put forth by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) must be carried through and expanded to apply to all animals raised for food. Animals used in meat, dairy and egg production suffer confinement, mutilation, abuse and slaughter. While all sections of the industry desperately need reform, the Organic Program must ensure its proposal for improved standards is implemented so that these can be spread to the entire industry.

The rapid expansion of the organic market proves that consumers are increasingly seeking out healthier and more sustainable food sources. In this regard, the Organic Program should also focus on encouraging producers and consumers to move away from detrimental animal products and toward environmentally friendly, cruelty-free and healthier plant-based foods.

Sign this petition demanding that plans to strengthen organic animal welfare are implemented and spread to the entire industry and urge the agricultural department to promote a plant-based diet.


Dear Mr. McEvoy,

Your proposal to tighten animal welfare regulations in organic meat production must be implemented to ensure better care for animals in organic agriculture. Hopefully, these improved standards can then spread to the entire animal agriculture industry, in which animals endure tremendous suffering for the production of meat, dairy and eggs.

Organic agriculture’s increasing success proves that consumers desire healthy and sustainable foods. I urge you to encourage producers and consumers to move away from harmful animal products to focus instead on growing and consuming cruelty-free foods. Please vow to promote plant-based foods while continuing to push for better standards in animal agriculture.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. There IS nothing “sustainable” about the horrible flesh-eating industry, organic or not. It’s all just brain-washing BS, deliberately designed to help people justify their meat-eating in a more “sanitized” way. People have to stop buying the lies about so-called “welfare” for these animal victims of selfish, human self-entitlement. I ask you, how is there any real “welfare” — defined as “well-being, health, comfort, security, safety, protection, prosperity, success, fortune; interest, good” — for ANY animal “grown” with the deliberate intent to steal their lives away from them after only a few weeks, months or a couple of years, no matter WHAT their living conditions are like? This so-called “welfare” is only a double-speak word. “Organics” should be ALL about TRUE “sustainability” in the world, holistic wellness for ALL, and certainly NOT about any deceptive marketing ploy.

    • that’s right we want empty cages! so i don’t sign this it’s useless for me. If people think animals want and are happy to die and finish in their stomach, they’re wrong. “Welfare” is over at slaughterhouse, “welfare” is over when they feel the knife in their throat. Organic meat/milk/eggs/honey are just for rich selfish persons. No consideration again. Animal Welfare is not for Animal Liberation. And it still affects the climate change if you care about that.

    • You took the words right out of my heart ! People just seem to turn their eyes and brain away when talking about ” Humane ” meat ! They just let someone else do their killing for them … As a Long time Vegan, it is inconceivable how people can eat a dead abused animal . As long as the meat and egg producers write the words Organic then it seems perfectly ok !

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