What's New ? - 2022

What's New ? - 2022

USDA settles HSUS lawsuit for $64,000

21 June, 2022

The Humane Society of the United States, Farm Sanctuary and Mercy For Animals just settled a lawsuit against USDA for $64,000 in a case blaming USDA for not encouraging facilities restocking after the highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak in 2015 to shift to cage-free systems or facilities with additional space.
In 2015, HSUS proposed to USDA that the agency should require producers re-stocking their facilities after an outbreak to shift to cage-free or other systems that give birds more space and the ability to engage in healthy, natural behaviors.
HSUS says though the USDA agreed that “overcrowding animals can amplify influenza, instead of doing anything to discourage it, the agency said that it planned to just ‘encourage farmers to consider reducing the number of birds in poultry houses as part their best management practices.’ Unfortunately, there’s no evidence that this supposed encouragement led to any reduction in cruel and dangerous confinement anywhere, and now six years later the U.S. is enduring another devastating avian influenza outbreak.
However, Ken Klippen, president of the National Egg Farmers Association, says HSUS again makes a false claim that what they term as factory farms, which is commercial poultry production, is the source of diseases when the premises depopulated for highly pathogenic avian influenza from commercial farms are nearly equal to backyard flocks.