Senate Rejects Discussion of Key Animal Welfare Issues

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Target: U.S. Senate

Goal: Reconsider important animal welfare amendments that were recently in consideration.

Recently, two key animal welfare issues were excluded from consideration in the Senate’s discussion of the Farm bill, the primary agricultural and food policy tool of the U.S. government. The farm bill has historically been a place to consider animal welfare issues; Senate must reconsider vital protections for animals.

A measure with bipartisan support would have reformed the egg industry, phasing out the use of cruel battery cages, requiring more space and enrichments for hens, and allowing for better regulatory security for egg producers. Senate also denied discussion of an amendment that would have cracked down on illegal dogfighting and cockfighting operations. The legislation would have strengthened current federal animal fighting laws by banning attendance and bringing minors to animal fights.

“The Senate, bowing to special interests in other sectors of animal agribusiness, thumbed its nose at the process of compromise and reconciliation and now has put an agreement between all the major stakeholders at risk. Here’s a case of Congress acting on behalf of special interests and defying common sense,” stated Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States.

Big Agriculture, namely, The American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Pork Producers Council opposed any attempts to strengthen animal welfare regulations. According to Pacelle, “These groups lobby for hundreds of millions and even billions of dollars in subsidies in all of their varying forms, but they want no meaningful standards and no accountability when it comes to animal welfare. They are so extreme on the issue of animal welfare that they’ve even been willing to block progress sought by egg farmers—an entire sector of animal agriculture that they have nothing to do with.”

No Senator has expressed his or her opposition to strengthened animal fighting legislation, and yet they continue to let greedy stakeholders influence their decisions. Ensure protections for the millions of egg-producing hens nationwide, as well as countless dogs and birds subjected to cruel fights, by demanding that Senate reconsiders animal welfare amendments.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Members of the United States Senate,

It is my understanding that you recently elected to exclude from consideration key animal welfare amendments in the Senate’s discussion of the Farm bill. Millions of animals are subjected to torturous situations and inhumane living conditions in our country, and they need your help.

There was bipartisan support for egg industry reform legislation, yet it somehow was outright rejected. We are all well-aware of the lobbying that Big Agriculture does, winning millions, even billions, of dollars in subsidies. Yet, when it comes to animal welfare reforms, they work to block progress. Groups that don’t even have a direct stake in the egg industry have lobbied against its reform that even egg farmers themselves have compromised on.

Additionally, not a single Senator opposes animal fighting legislation, so why has it been dismissed so readily? Given that the Farm bill has historically been a place to include animal welfare amendments, the lack of progress is unprecedented.

I urge you to please do your duty as the voice for millions of Americans and reconsider these key animal welfare issues. It’s time we all take a stand against the persuasions of Big Agriculture.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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2 Comments

  1. When will all animals be regarded as living, feeling beings instead of just property?

  2. This outrageous legislation would establish egg factory CAGES as a national standard that could never be challenged or changed by state law or public vote. Instead of outlawing cages, this crazy measure would outlaw the BANNING of cages. That is why it is being pushed by the egg industry itself! The Stop the Rotten Egg Bill (http://www.StopTheRottenEggBill.org) campaign is getting it right. Check it out. This bill would stop cage-free laws dead in their tracks and take away our voting rights!

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