Vermont: Thank Your Lawmakers for Supporting Welfare-Certified Farming
Update—May 30, 2019: Great news, advocates! The Vermont Legislature just passed Senate Bill 160, landmark legislation that will ensure crucial funding is available to farms that are looking to meet higher animal welfare certification standards or expand the capacity of their welfare-certified businesses. Thank you to all of you who spoke up.
S.160 will ensure that Vermont farms and businesses looking to meet animal welfare certification standards have access to Working Lands Enterprise Initiative (WLEI) funding.
The WLEI supports Vermont’s farm and forestry businesses through technical and financial assistance to help growing businesses thrive. In 2018, over $750,000 was awarded through this program to support Vermont’s rural economy.
Meaningful animal welfare certifications prohibit the worst practices used on some farms, including caging and crating, while ensuring that animals are able to carry out their natural behaviors. Welfare-certified products make it easy for consumers to identify higher-welfare options in the marketplace and help more humane farmers reach welfare-conscious consumers. The demand for welfare-certified products is growing both inside and out of Vermont, and we need to help Vermont’s farmers meet that demand.
What You Can Do
Send a quick “Thank You” note to your legislators using our form below! Let them know that you are a constituent and that you’re grateful for the passage of S.160, which prioritizes animal welfare-certified farming in the state.
Thank you, Vermont!