A federal judge in the Western District of NY ruled that plaintiffs Animal Welfare Institute and Farm Sanctuary lacked standing to bring their lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Plaintiffs had argued that the USDA violated the Administrative Procedure Act by previously denying their petitions. The petitions called for the USDA to promulgate regulations for more humane treatment of poultry to reduce resultant contamination in poultry products. The judge additionally found that the USDA’s denial of Plaintiffs’ petitions was “reasoned” and “considered the factors relevant to poultry adulteration.” Plaintiffs were represented by the Harvard Law School’s Animal Law & Policy Clinic.
[To accompany Federal Court Case Law Update "Federal Judge Rules Against Farmed Animal Advocates in Poultry Case" from Brooks Animal Law Digest Issue No. 162.]