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Appropriations Bills with Animal Friendly-Provisions Goes to Senate

Appropriations Bills with Animal Friendly-Provisions Goes to Senate

Name: State, Foreign Operations, Agriculture, Rural Development, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2021

Bill Number: HR 7608

horses_cropped.jpgEach year, Congress passes bills appropriating funds for various federal agencies. While this year’s funding bill for the Department of Agriculture, HR 7610, contained several provisions that would positively impact animal welfare, a second bill—HR 7608—incorporates all of these measures (replacing HR 7610) as well funding for additional federal agencies and more benefits for animals.  In addition, this bill has already received approval in the House and has moved forward for consideration in the Senate.

This combined appropriations bill would still prohibit the use of appropriated funds for several purposes, including: 

  • prohibit licensing and inspection of Class B animal dealers that sell dogs and cats for use in research, experiments, teaching or testing; 
  • prohibit inspection of horse slaughter facilities (making it impossible for a facility to sell the meat from the facility);
  • revoke waivers granted to food processors during the COVID-19 emergency period to implement increased line speeds at slaughterhouses; and
  • require the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service facilities to continue to submit to inspections by APHIS for compliance with the Animal Welfare Act and its regulations and standards.

The expanded bill also includes a prohibition on making funds available to conduct research on dogs by the Department of Veterans Affairs, if the study causes any pain or suffering to the animals, even if pain relief is administered as part of the study. This provision mirrors the Puppers Act, HR 1155, which was introduced in the House in 2019, but has not moved forward.

Inclusion of animal-friendly provisions in appropriations bills is important because it is often the only mechanism for enforcing these measures.

 

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  1. Please contact your U.S. Senators and urge them to support animal protection measures in appropriations bills.
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Please support federal funding bills with animal welfare measures intact

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support for HR 7608, the proposed State, Foreign Operations, Agriculture, Rural Development, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, for the 2021 fiscal year. The bill contains several provisions that would benefit animal welfare and it is important that the final bill reflects them.

HR 7608 would:
--prohibit the use of funds to inspect and license slaughterhouses killing horses for human consumption;

--prohibit new or continued licensing of Class B animal dealers selling dogs and cats for use in research;

--continue APHIS inspections of USDA Agricultural Research Service facilities, requiring compliance with the Animal Welfare Act and its regulations;

--revoke waivers issued to food processors during the COVID-19 emergency that would allow implementation of increased line speeds at slaughterhouses; and

--prohibit funding of studies on dogs by the Veterans Administration that causes pain or suffering to the animals

These are all important issues to me, and their inclusion in this bill helps to ensure that they are renewed on an annual basis and that their protections for animals are kept in place.

I hope that you will give your full support to the passage HR 7608, including all of its animal welfare provisions. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]