Seeking Improved Conditions for Organic Livestock and Poultry

photo by Amy Wong, Cultivate Oregon


Cultivate Oregon joined several other organizations as co-plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the United States Department of Agriculture over its withdrawal of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practice Rule. The rule would have strengthened the regulations for the care and well-being of animals on organic farms. Most notably, it would have established clear minimum spacing requirements and specified the quality of outdoor space that must be provided for organic poultry. Co-plaintiffs seek immediate implementation of the final rule and its improved livestock care standards.

Significant Developments

May 6, 2019: Press Release

Defenders of organic integrity win victory for transparency and open government.

May 6, 2019: Case Update

Court grants plantiffs' motion to compel USDA to complete the record with internal documents that were initially withheld.

August 21, 2018: Case Update

Court upholds plaintiffs' right to challenge withdrawal of organic animal standards.

March 22, 2018: In the News - The Hill

Trump Administration sued for withdrawing welfare rules for animals certified "organic"

March 21, 2018: Case Update

Complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against the United States Department of Agriculture.


Cultivate Oregon


George Kimbrell & Amy Van Saun, Center for Food Safety

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