Animal welfare

Humane treatment of farm animals is integral to our own well-being and the health of our planet. We push for comprehensive animal welfare laws and petition companies to raise the standard on how they treat animals.

Implement organic animal welfare rule (January 17, 2018)

We strongly oppose USDA’s proposal to withdrawal the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule. The National Organic Program is not keeping up with consumer expectations and market demands.

We strongly oppose USDA’s proposal to withdrawal the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule. The National Organic Program is not keeping up with consumer expectations and market demands.

Implement organic animal welfare rule without delay (August 29, 2017)

USDA should implement the organic animal welfare rule without further delay. The rule is the result of 10-years- work among stakeholders.

USDA should implement the organic animal welfare rule without further delay. The rule is the result of 10-years- work among stakeholders.

Amend Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule (July 13, 2016)

Comments to National Organic Program: Amend animal welfare provisions for physical alterations, ammonia levels in poultry barns, outdoor access/living conditions, and slaughter.

Comments to National Organic Program: Amend animal welfare provisions for physical alterations, ammonia levels in poultry barns, outdoor access/living conditions, and slaughter.

Support for Country-of-Origin Labeling (December 2, 2014)

PCC urges the Senate Appropriations committee to reject efforts to weaken or suspend Country-of-Origin Labeling in budget legislation.

PCC urges the Senate Appropriations committee to reject efforts to weaken or suspend Country-of-Origin Labeling in budget legislation.

Reject changes to the Packers and Stockyard Act (May 19, 2014)

Industry-proposed legislative riders would limit the Secretary of Agriculture's rulemaking authority to fight anticompetitive practices in livestock. The Appropriations Committee must reject them.

Industry-proposed legislative riders would limit the Secretary of Agriculture's rulemaking authority to fight anticompetitive practices in livestock. The Appropriations Committee must reject them.

Letter to Senators about Foot and Mouth Disease (March 4, 2014)

USDA proposes to loosen regulations on importing livestock into U.S., increasing risks of Foot and Mouth Disease from foreign animals.

USDA proposes to loosen regulations on importing livestock into U.S., increasing risks of Foot and Mouth Disease from foreign animals.

Action on antibiotic overuse in animal production (December 5, 2013)

The Obama Administration took steps to reduce antibiotics in livestock. PCC urges further action to eliminate antibiotics when there's no disease. FDA should increase monitoring and reporting.

The Obama Administration took steps to reduce antibiotics in livestock. PCC urges further action to eliminate antibiotics when there's no disease. FDA should increase monitoring and reporting.

A Farm Bill amendment to ban packer-owned livestock (May 31, 2012)

This amendment would ban ownership of livestock by mega-meatpackers (Tyson, JBS, Smithfield). It's an anti-competitive practice that packers use to concentrate power and control the market.

This amendment would ban ownership of livestock by mega-meatpackers (Tyson, JBS, Smithfield). It's an anti-competitive practice that packers use to concentrate power and control the market.

Reduce packer control of livestock markets (March 1, 2012)

Consolidation in the livestock industry poses a serious threat to the market. PCC suggests several methods to protect small producers and consumers from the negative impacts of consolidation.

Consolidation in the livestock industry poses a serious threat to the market. PCC suggests several methods to protect small producers and consumers from the negative impacts of consolidation.

Living conditions for organic poultry and hogs (November 15, 2011)

Ammonia levels must be lowered in chicken barns and organic rules should ensure two square feet of living space indoors, five square feet outdoors. Hogs need more room, too.

Ammonia levels must be lowered in chicken barns and organic rules should ensure two square feet of living space indoors, five square feet outdoors. Hogs need more room, too.

Animal welfare in organic poultry (September 20, 2011)

Recommendations for poultry living conditions are inadequate to meet consumer expectations. Bending to industrial producers hurts family farmers with integrity.

Recommendations for poultry living conditions are inadequate to meet consumer expectations. Bending to industrial producers hurts family farmers with integrity.

Ban battery cages for chickens (May 3, 2011)

In partnership with The Humane Society, we ask farmers to support I-1130 to ban intensive confinement of egg-laying hens in battery cages.

In partnership with The Humane Society, we ask farmers to support I-1130 to ban intensive confinement of egg-laying hens in battery cages.

Rules to address concentration and consolidation (April 21, 2011)

Our coalition urges Congress to support Fam Bill measures to restore fair markets and competition in the livestock industry. They would reduce deception, collusion and retaliation against farmers.

Our coalition urges Congress to support Fam Bill measures to restore fair markets and competition in the livestock industry. They would reduce deception, collusion and retaliation against farmers.

Restricting antibiotics in livestock (March 9, 2011)

PCC joined 377 health, environment, animal protection, and agricultural groups to limit seven classes of antibiotics in livestock.

PCC joined 377 health, environment, animal protection, and agricultural groups to limit seven classes of antibiotics in livestock.

Support for cooperative slaughter facility (January 27, 2011)

PCC supports funding a co-op slaughterhouse to service small Washington ranchers, enabling them to sell prime meats directly to retailers or customers.

PCC supports funding a co-op slaughterhouse to service small Washington ranchers, enabling them to sell prime meats directly to retailers or customers.

USDA must address livestock concentration (July 23, 2010)

USDA-GIPSA has full authority to address unfair practices and manipulative schemes in the livestock and poultry industry, a result of consolidation. A proposed rule would ensure competition.

USDA-GIPSA has full authority to address unfair practices and manipulative schemes in the livestock and poultry industry, a result of consolidation. A proposed rule would ensure competition.

Organic ruminants need pasture and grass (April 16, 2010)

Consumer aversion to feedlots exceeds tolerance for an exemption to pasturing beef, sheep and goats. We advocate label clarity: "Organic Grass-fed" or "Organic Grain-finished."

Consumer aversion to feedlots exceeds tolerance for an exemption to pasturing beef, sheep and goats. We advocate label clarity: "Organic Grass-fed" or "Organic Grain-finished."

Strengthen protections against BSE (mad cow disease) (March 29, 2010)

We ask USDA to restore rules that prevented Canadian cattle older than 30 months from entering the U.S. Canada's protocols are weak, with 18 cases of BSE (mad cow disease) confirmed.

We ask USDA to restore rules that prevented Canadian cattle older than 30 months from entering the U.S. Canada's protocols are weak, with 18 cases of BSE (mad cow disease) confirmed.

Risk of BSE (mad cow disease) would increase (November 10, 2009)

USDA proposes to change import standards for cattle that are weak and not followed by any U.S. export customer. We need rules to protect U.S. cattle from BSE.

USDA proposes to change import standards for cattle that are weak and not followed by any U.S. export customer. We need rules to protect U.S. cattle from BSE.

Suggestions for organic animal welfare (October 19, 2009)

Recommendations address popholes and space in henhouses, the age of slaughter for chickens, milking regimens, closed herds and Johne's testing.

Recommendations address popholes and space in henhouses, the age of slaughter for chickens, milking regimens, closed herds and Johne's testing.

Restricting antibiotics in livestock (July 1, 2009)

PCC joined 354 other groups to support a bill that would restrict unnecessary antibiotics in livestock and deter antibiotic-resistant strains from evolving.

PCC joined 354 other groups to support a bill that would restrict unnecessary antibiotics in livestock and deter antibiotic-resistant strains from evolving.

Animal ID micro-chips are costly and unnecessary (March 11, 2009)

Microchipping livestock causes cancer, would put small farmers out of business, and is not a good way to address food safety or disease.

Microchipping livestock causes cancer, would put small farmers out of business, and is not a good way to address food safety or disease.

Support for a Mobile Meat Processing Unit (March 25, 2008)

This project would serve meat producers in the South Puget Sound area and support local ranchers lacking access to processing facilities.

This project would serve meat producers in the South Puget Sound area and support local ranchers lacking access to processing facilities.

Canadian cattle should be inspected (March 19, 2008)

Section 28 of EHG 3381 eliminates inspecting cattle crossing the border from Canada into Washington. Governor Gregoire should veto this section.

Section 28 of EHG 3381 eliminates inspecting cattle crossing the border from Canada into Washington. Governor Gregoire should veto this section.

“Naturally raised” meat labels are misleading (January 22, 2008)

USDA's proposal fails to give consumers accurate information and does not meet expectations. It would allow cloned animals and animals raised in confinement without pasture.

USDA's proposal fails to give consumers accurate information and does not meet expectations. It would allow cloned animals and animals raised in confinement without pasture.

Preservation of Antibiotics Act 2007 (March 1, 2007)

This proposed bill would withdraw approvals for seven classes of antibiotics. It would preserve their effectiveness against diseases where no other treatment exists for humans.

This proposed bill would withdraw approvals for seven classes of antibiotics. It would preserve their effectiveness against diseases where no other treatment exists for humans.

strengthening pasture access rules in organics (April 18, 2006)

PCC proposes changes to strengthen grazing and pasture requirements for organic ruminants. This would close loopholes being exploited by factory farms.

PCC proposes changes to strengthen grazing and pasture requirements for organic ruminants. This would close loopholes being exploited by factory farms.

Ensuring “access to pasture” for organic cows (October 28, 2005)

Some dairy farm operators are not ensuring outdoor access and pasturing their cows. We need regulations to maintain organic integrity.

Some dairy farm operators are not ensuring outdoor access and pasturing their cows. We need regulations to maintain organic integrity.

Limiting antibiotics in livestock (June 24, 2005)

In an unprecedented action, FDA for the first time withdraws approval for some fluoroquinolones in poultry.

In an unprecedented action, FDA for the first time withdraws approval for some fluoroquinolones in poultry.

FDA proposes to ban fluoroquinolones in poultry (April 1, 2004)

An antibiotic used in poultry is linked to fluoroquinolone resistance in treating food-borne illness in humans. Bayer should comply with an FDA proposal to ban it.

An antibiotic used in poultry is linked to fluoroquinolone resistance in treating food-borne illness in humans. Bayer should comply with an FDA proposal to ban it.

Preservation of Essential Antibiotics for Human Diseases Act (August 16, 2000)

PCC supports Rep. Sherrod Brown in proposing restrictions on use of antibiotics in livestock. Studies indicate this practice is creating drug-resistant pathogens, posing a threat to human health.

PCC supports Rep. Sherrod Brown in proposing restrictions on use of antibiotics in livestock. Studies indicate this practice is creating drug-resistant pathogens, posing a threat to human health.