The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday that it will withdraw an Obama-era rule that would have set new animal welfare standards for farmers producing meat, milk and eggs labeled as USDA organic.
The Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule was finalized in January 2017, and was set to take effect in May. Some of the stipulations of the rule included:
- Animals would have daily access to the outdoors, and “enclosed porches” would not qualify as outdoor access.
- Certain practices would be prohibited, including de-beaking and forced molting of chickens and tail-docking of cattle (removing their tails).
- Chickens that produce eggs would be entitled to about 1 to 2 square feet of space per bird, depending on the size of the bird and the type of housing.