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If we wouldn’t like it we can’t assume animals do. They can feel pain and fear just like us. Animal testing must stop!!!!!!!!
A mouse diced with death when it stole some food from under the nose of a leopard at the Santago Rare Leopard Project in Hertfordshire.
Instead of pouncing on the mouse, the 12-year-old African leopard, called Sheena, simply watched as it fed on scraps of meat thrown into its enclosure.
At one stage she tried to nudge the mouse away with her nose, but the mouse carried on eating regardless.
“Everytime I let Buddy and Luke outside, Luke always jumps over Buddy. I barely get the door open enough before they are both out the door. I had Nathan hold them off while I went outside to wait outside to catch this moment.”
On February 15, the world’s two largest organic markets—the European Union and the United States—entered into an equivalency agreement. As of June 1, products produced and certified under USDA’s National Organic Program may be marketed as “organic” in the European Union. While the agreement has been touted as a “monumental” arrangement that opens up international trade for organic farmers, it disregards the extreme differences in animal care standards between the EU and US organic programs.
The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will be meeting at the end of May to discuss guidance documents for assessing animal welfare on organic poultry, sheep and bisonoperations. The guidance documents are especially weak in certain areas, including air quality, space allowances, euthanasia and slaughter. AWI will be attending the meeting to demand true equivalency of EU and US organic standards and stronger guidelines for assessing animal welfare on organic operations.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- NOSB is accepting public comments on its proposed animal welfare discussion documents until May 3. Please take a couple of minutes to write to the Board to encourage it to strengthen the species specific guidance documents for assessing animal welfare. You can submit comments here by filling out the contact information (only complete the “required” fields on the contact information form and enter “citizen” in the Organization Name box) and either entering your comments directly on the form or attaching a separate document.
- To assist you, a sample comment is provided below. You may copy and paste our sample, but putting it in your own words will help give your comment more weight.
I am writing to comment on the Livestock Committee’s proposed guidance documents for assessing animal welfare. While the proposed guidelines are a good step toward creating a comprehensive animal welfare program, they do not go far enough in bringing US organic standards into equivalency with the EU’s standards. For this reason, I urge the Livestock Committee to provide more meaningful guidelines that better address issues like air quality, space allowances, euthanasia and slaughter. More specifically, I believe that:
- If organic is to truly serve as a higher welfare alternative to conventional production, then ammonia levels at organic poultry facilities should be less than 10 ppm and corrective action must be taken if the level exceeds 15 ppm.
- Minimum indoor and outdoor space allowances for turkeys, geese and ducks should be increased.
- Force-feeding of birds for the production of foie gras should be prohibited.
- Guidance for poultry slaughter should recommend gas over electric stunning to avoid shackling of conscious birds.
- Acceptable methods of euthanasia should be specified for sheep and bison as they have been for poultry.
Making these modifications will increase animal welfare and help bring the care of animals under the organic program closer to what consumers expect of the label, and closer to achieving true equivalency with EU standards.