Dear AAVS Supporter,
Despite the settlement, and years of promises that the agency would regulate birds, USDA has shown no willingness to fulfill its legal obligations. Worse yet, USDA has insisted it has no jurisdiction in bird cases, even in situations involving egregious cruelty and neglect.
In 2004, ARDF led a coalition of 28 groups to submit recommended regulatory standards for birds, but USDA has evidently done nothing with them. Without USDA regulatory oversight, birds used and exploited by labs, breeders, dealers, and exhibitors, have no legal right to appropriate standards of care and treatment. AAVS’s Project Animal Welfare Act: An Act for All demands that ALL animals should be protected from harm and exploitation.
As this case moves forward, we will be sure to keep you updated on important issues. Thank you for all you do to help animals and for supporting AAVS!
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