This is big news from last week, and we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss it!
Due to a lawsuit filed by AAVS and the Avian Welfare Coalition, USDA is now subject to a court order to enact regulations to protect birds who are covered by the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). This means that, for the first time, birds exploited in commercial industries regulated by the AWA, particularly in exhibition and breeding for the pet trade, will be provided species-specific standards of care and treatment.
USDA began the process to regulate birds 16 years ago, but failed to follow through on its commitment to protect these animals. The result of USDA’s inaction has led to the needless suffering of thousands of birds forced to endure inhumane and unhealthy living conditions.
To help prevent any more delays, the court order outlines a schedule for drafting regulations, which will start with USDA publishing a notice for listening sessions this summer. AAVS will be sure to notify our supporters when that happens, so you can voice your support for the strongest regulations possible. There’s little doubt that those who exploit birds will be putting up a fight, so we’ll need all the support we can muster. Stay tuned!
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This is a big victory for birds, so please help AAVS spread the news! Post this image to your social media with a message telling others why it’s so important to protect birds. Not into social media? Then spread the news by forwarding this e-mail to friends and family. It doesn’t really matter how you share, just that you do. Everyone needs to know that birds need and deserve protection! DOWNLOAD IMAGES HERE »
To be an effective advocate, you need to be informed. So, check out this issue of the AV Magazine, focusing on birds and the need to protect them. Learn more about how birds are used in research, exploited in the pet trade, and meet rescued parrots Mango, Lola, and Peepers. READ MORE »
It’s been a long effort to gain protections for birds under the Animal Welfare Act and so many people and allied organizations have helped to make this possible. Thank you to all who have supported AAVS and this campaign and who care about animals as much as we do.