Lisa Archer, Director of the Food and Agriculture Program at Friends of the Earth, issued a response directed at the current administration:
“Trump’s decision to cave to a handful of powerful agribusiness interests by scrapping the organic animal welfare rule is a slap in the face to organic farmers and to the millions of consumers who have put their trust into the organic label. Congress must step up to stop Trump’s attack on organic.”
According to a statement from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) USDA hadn’t expressed its concern about its rule-making authority until the most recent delay of OLPP last month. ASPCA also stated that when the final rule was introduced in January of this year, USDA affirmed that it had the authority to exercise the rule making.