A California judge has issued a temporary restraining order against Foster Farms requiring the company to comply with CDC COVID-19 safety measures.
California Court Orders Foster Farms to Comply with Pandemic Protocols
New York Legislation Would Require Slaughterhouses to Pay for Cost of Return for Escaped Animals
New York Assembly Bill 1301 would hold the owner or operator of any facility where animals are killed for food responsible for the costs of return for any animal that escapes. The bill would also require the facility to either pay a fee of $1000 per escaped animal or relinquish ownership of the animal.
New York Considers Ban on Confinement of Animals Used in Agriculture
New York Assembly Bill 475 would prohibit confining a pregnant pig, a calf raised for veal, or egg-laying hens in a manner that would prevent them from lying down, standing up, or turning around freely.
New York Legislation Would Prohibit Transport, Sale of Nonambulatory Animal
New York Senate Bill 939 would ban the transportation, buying, selling, transfer, or marketing of a nonambulatory sheep, cow, or pig unless the animal is euthanized without undue delay.
New York Considers Tracking GHG Emissions that Occur through State Food and Beverage Purchases
New York Senate Bill 740 would require the office of general services to establish a methodology for state agencies to estimate the greenhouse gas emissions that occur through the life cycle of all food and beverages purchased by a state agency or through third-party vendors.
North Dakota Considers CAFO Odor Regulations
North Dakota House Bill 1115 proposes to limit the amount of noxious odors a concentrated animal feeding operation may discharge and forbid counties and towns from further regulating concentrated animal feeding operations.
Indiana Legislation Would Require Annual Inspections of CAFOs
Indiana Senate Bill 29 would require the department of environmental management to conduct an onsite inspection of every concentrated animal feeding operation at least once a year.
A Legislative Approach to Addressing Factory Farming
An article by Michelle Johnson-Weider published in the Georgetown Environmental Law Review, “From Factory Farming to a Sustainable Food System: A Legislative Approach,” explores proposed legislation to address the true cost of factory farming.
APHIS Solicits Comments on Regulation and Movement of Animals Modified by Genetic Engineering
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has made an advance notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comments on establishing regulations for the movement of certain animals modified or developed by genetic engineering. The agency is accepting comments until February 26, 2021.
Australian Organizations Could Lose Charity Status Due to Farm Trespass
New regulations in Australia would strip groups of their tax-free status if they engage in protests or blockades on private farms.