Buddy and Porky Pet Health – Urge USDA To Approve Organic Animal Welfare Rule

Porky and Buddy

Dear Readers,
We have another job for you.

It was only in January this year that the Unites States Department of Agriculture agreed to a new rule requiring that  farms raising animals for the “USDA Organic” label meet certain minimum standards of animal care.

Known as the organic animal welfare rule, it was to be the first comprehensive on-farm federal protection for animals in American history.

It took years of advocacy and tens of thousands of comments from people like you to accomplish the new rule.

But that was January.

This week, new leadership at USDA announced that they will delay implementation of the rule until November – or possibly never.

Most people who buy animal products labeled “USDA Organic” don’t know that animals  raised organically are not necessarily treated humanely.

The new rule will change that.

The organic animal welfare rule is not only better for animals, it’s also better for consumers and better for the many farmers who are already doing the right thing.

A new 30-day comment period on the organic animal welfare rule is now under way.

The USDA seems to hope that response will be weak, letting them justify killing the rule once and for all – a boon for big agriculture, but not for farm animals.

Let’s not let that happen.

You can go the ASPCA website at aspca.org/usda-organic-rule and find the link to submit a comment on the official government comment page.

Thanks again for all you do for animals!

It’s almost summer.

Why not go to the Oliver Paine Greenhouses, at 125 S. Granby Road, Fulton, on May 20 and 21 to buy your summer plants from their huge selection of annuals and perennials.

If you take our Spring Fundraiser flyer with you, 15% of your plant purchases will be donated to the Oswego County Humane Society.

Download your flyer from our website at www.oswegohumane.org or call the office for a copy.

You can never have too many flowers.

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Located at 29 W. Seneca St., Oswego, NY.

Phone: 315-207-1070.

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.oswegohumane.org

Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other.