Update on the Farm Bill
This week the Farm Bill was approved by the U.S. House and Senate. The bill includes important provisions that will protect animals, and most importantly, does not contain the King amendment.
Earlier this year, we asked you to contact your legislators in opposition to this dangerous amendment which jeopardized critical laws protecting animals, including those regulating factory farms and preventing the sale of dog and horse meat.
Rep. King’s amendment would have stripped your state’s ability to enact laws protecting animals as well as consumers from food produced in unsafe conditions.
You spoke out, and Congress listened!
In addition to not including the amendment, the bill outlaws the slaughter and trade of dogs and cats for human consumption, allows federal grants to assist domestic violence shelters in caring for companion animals, and includes companion animals in federal domestic violence protections. Further the bill expands the Animal Welfare Act prohibition on animal fighting to include U.S. territories.
This is a significant development considering cockfighting remains popular in some territories like Puerto Rico.
Thank you for standing up for animals!
Federal Appeals Court to Hear Arguments in Lawsuit Concerning USDA’s Secrecy on Animal Welfare RecordsOn Monday, Dec. 17, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will hear oral arguments from the Animal Legal Defense Fund in the lawsuit against the USDA for removing tens of thousands of animal welfare records from the agency’s website.December 13, 2018 Press Release
‘Do chickens count?’ The BIA’s decision and the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s arguments in the Ortega-Lopez v. Lynch case represent an important step forward in improving the legal status of animals.December 3, 2018 News