VegNews Daily

Congress: Improve Living Conditions for Orcas

Public representatives on both sides of the aisle requested that the USDA updates their standards for facilities that hold aquatic animals captive.

Last Thursday, 40 members of congress called on Tom Vilsack, the United States Department of Agriculture Secretary and his agency, the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, to update their regulations regarding the living conditions of captive aquatic mammals. These conditions would include the quality of water, the space allotted to animals, and the designs of the facilties. According to Yahoo News, in 2002, the USDA prompted the public as to how these standards should be updated, but despite the outpouring of comments from concerned citizens, scientists, exhibitors, and animal rights groups, no changes were put in place. Now, democrats and republicans in congress are taking action. “It’s unacceptable that our regulations protecting orcas and other marine mammals have not been updated to reflect the latest science,” said California representatives Jared Huffman and Adam Schiff. “It is past time for USDA to address this issue.”

 Comments

Shocking New Video: Animal Abuse at Chick-fil-A Chain

Mercy For Animals releases undercover footage exposing horrific abuse at farms supplying the country's top chicken fast-food chain.
Read More »

Whole Foods Market Arrests Renowned Vegan Activist

Well-known vegan and social justice activist arrested during peaceful protest against the sale of rabbit meat.
Read More »

Vegan Meat Brand Acquired by Birds Eye Parent Company

Pinnacle Foods purchases vegan company, Garden Protein International, in a $155 million deal.
Read More »

Vegan Cheese Company Wins Big on Shark Tank

Heidi Ho Organics showcases vegan cheese on national television and walks away with investment deal.
Read More »

New Research: Vegan Diet Helps People Lose Weight

A new study indicates that a completely plant-based diet is most effective for weight loss.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »