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Organic egg and meat producers will have to follow stricter animal welfare rules, USDA says

Organic egg and meat producers will have to follow stricter animal welfare rules, USDA says

Organic meat and egg producers will have to abide by stricter animal welfare standards under a new rule announced Wednesday by the Agriculture Department.

The rule is a victory for animal rights groups two days before President Obama leaves office. The regulations will ensure that organically grown livestock have enough space to lie down, turn around, stand up and fully stretch their limbs. Poultry will have enough room to move freely and spread their wings. Beaks can't be removed, and cattle’s tails can't be cut. Living conditions will have to include fresh air, proper ventilation and direct sunlight.

The regulations were first proposed last year. Elanor Starmer,...

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