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Trump withdraws the U.S. from negotiations over controversial trade agreement

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement posed a host of challenges to American farmers, particularly those who provide better treatment of farm animals and practice responsible stewardship of the land. As it relates to farm animals, The Humane Society of the United States applauds President Donald Trump’s order to withdraw the U.S. from these negotiations. The HSUS was much more favorable to the wildlife protection standards built into the agreement, and previously expressed support for those portions of the agreement.

There were no comparable standards for agriculture. Mike Callicrate, HSUS National Agriculture Advisory Council member, issued the following statement:

“The Humane Society of the United States works with farmers and ranchers, like myself, around the nation who strongly opposed the TPP. The agreement greatly weakened domestic efforts to build greater social concern for farm animal welfare and the sustainable agriculture sector. It was unfettered trade without any rules or standards to protect family farmers or farm animals. By withdrawing our country’s participation in TPP, President Trump has improved the prospects for the family farmers who use more humane production and regenerative animal husbandry methods on their farms and ranches. I am grateful that the President has sided with the American family farmer by nullifying our country’s participation in the TPP.”

The HSUS has 13 state agriculture advisory councils, in addition to a national council, which advise the organization on matters of farm animal welfare and a sustainable agriculture policy. Many farmers on the councils oppose TPP, as they recognize it had the potential for flooding American markets with cheap meat from foreign markets, and selling off massive volumes of meat and other animal products into Pacific Rim nations that came from U.S.-based factory farms that violate common sense standards related to animal welfare, environmental protection, and fair competition.

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