Other Cases and Administrative Matters

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Comments

Comments on Rulemaking Petition to Limit Inhumane Handling of Poultry

The Animal Legal Defense Fund wrote a letter to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to strongly support the rulemaking petition submitted by Farm Sanctuary (FS) and the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) on December 17, 2013. That petition asks FSIS to promulgate regulations to limit inhumane handling of poultry from on-farm handling through post-slaughter activities, because such regulation will decrease adulteration of the resultant poultry products, as required by the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA).

Comments Expressing Opposition to FDA “Indoor Area with Porch” Egg Layer Housing Style

The Animal Legal Defense Fund wrote to the FDA to express it’s opposition to the inclusion of the “indoor area with a porch” housing style as one of four housing styles satisfying the “outdoor access requirement for organic laying hens. The inclusion of this housing style oversteps the FDA’s authority by upsetting the uniformity of the National Organic Program and also violates the FDA’s own mandate to ensure a safe food supply by encouraging conditions of hig hen population density where Salmonella can thrive.

Comments on the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare’s Proposed Position Statements on the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
The Animal Legal Defense Fund submitted comments urging the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare to hold animal researchers to specific, quantifiable standards for housing rats, mice, and rabbits, and to refuse to allow researchers to house animals in substandard conditions to save on costs.

Comments on Closing “Online Sale” Loophole for Pet Breeders
The Animal Legal Defense Fund submitted a comment supporting a proposed APHIS regulation to close the online sale loophole for puppy mills, but called on the agency to go further by enacting tougher enforcement guidelines.

Comments on Ending Research on Captive Chimpanzees
The Animal Legal Defense Fund submitted comments to the National Institutes of Health urging it to adopt a proposal to severely restrict research on captive chimpanzees by defunding chimpanzee research and retiring chimpanzees to the federal sanctuary system. ALDF urged the NIH to go even further by banning all federal support for chimpanzee research on the grounds that it is both ineffective and unethical.

Comments on Extending Endangered Status to Captive Chimpanzees
The Animal Legal Defense Fund submitted comments urging the Fish and Wildlife Service to extend endangered status to captive chimpanzees, along with all of the meaningful protections such a listing entails.

Comments on the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare’s Proposed Position Statements on the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
The Animal Legal Defense Fund submitted comments urging the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare to hold animal researchers to specific, quantifiable standards for housing rats, mice, and rabbits, and to refuse to allow researchers to house animals in substandard conditions to save on costs.

Comments on USDA’s Proposed Modifications to School Meal Programs
The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed comments on the USDA’s proposed modifications to the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, urging the department to put a higher priority on providing children with nutritious, plant-based foods in school meals.

Complaint to FTC Regarding Tyson Foods False Advertising Claims
ALDF filed a complaint against Tyson Foods, Inc. for violating the Federal Trade Commission Act that calls for fair business practices. ALDF’s complaint asks the Federal Trade Commission to investigate and put an end to deceptive marketing tactics used by Tyson.Petition to National Marine Fisheries Service to Free Lolita PETA and ALDF submitted a petition to the NMFS calling for Lolita to be listed as endangered, along with her free-living family, the Pacific Northwest’s Southern Resident orcas.

Petitions

Petition to Food & Drug Administration to Regulate Ractopamine Use
The Center for Food Safety and ALDF filed a petition with the FDA calling for the immediate reduction in the allowable levels of ractopamine, the controversial animal feed additive widely used in industrial factory farms that raises significant food safety and animal welfare concerns for the U.S. meat industry.

Petitions Federal Trade Commission to Investigate Deceptive Claims of Top Three Tuna Suppliers
ALDF petitions the FTC to take action against Bumble Bee Foods, Chicken of the Sea, and StarKist for making false claims to consumers about “dolphin-safety” and sustainability.

Petition to Require Mandatory Labeling of Egg Cartons
The Animal Legal Defense Fund and Compassion Over Killing filed a petition calling upon the Food and Drug Administration to mandate the full disclosure of production methods—including the identification of “eggs from caged hens”—on all egg cartons sold within the United States.

Petition to USDA to Declare Foie Gras Unfit for Human Consumption
The Animal Legal Defense Fund along with several other groups and individuals filed a legal petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service calling on the agency to issue new regulations declaring foie gras a diseased product that is unfit for human food under the federal Poultry Products Inspection Act.

Petition to USDA to Label Meat and Poultry Derived from Animals Given Antibiotics
ALDF, joined by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and a broad-based coalition of public interest groups including the Sierra Club, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, Socially Responsible Agriculture Project, and Friends of Family Farmers, has sent a formal letter asking the USDA and the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) to consider a petition to properly label meat and poultry products derived from animals given antibiotics.

Petition to USDA to Require Foie Gras be Labeled as Product of a Diseased Animal
The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a legal petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, urging that foie gras-the “fatty liver” of a force-fed duck or goose-bear a consumer warning label stating “NOTICE: Foie gras products are derived from diseased birds.”

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