Support Federal Animal Bills-By The Humane Farming Association

From The Humane Farming Association

Please contact your federal legislators today about the following measures: If you need contact information, go to votesmart.org, call your local library, or call the Capitol Switchboard at [202[224-3121. Thank you

Federal Preservation of Antibiotics For Medical Treatment Act

These federal bills would help stop the misuse of antibiotics on factory farms.  Only through the continuous use of antibiotics and other drugs are factory farms able to confine large numbers of animals in squalid indoor facilities.  These measures would sharply reduce the development of resistant strains of bacteria-thereby helping to preserve the effectiveness of medically important antibiotics.

ACTION REQUESTED: All U.S. residents:

Please ask your U.S. Representatives to co-sponsor the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act [PAMTA] by Representative Louise Slaughter [D-NY] – and ask your U.S. Senators to co-sponsor the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act by Senator Dianne Feinstein [D-CA].

Federal Safeguard American Food Exports [SAFE] ACT

Last year’s massive federal spending bill defunded horse slaughter inspections by USDA meat inspectors.  Since such inspections are required by federal law for slaughterhouses to operate in interstate commerce, the defunding put a temporary end to horse slaughter until September 30, 2015.

We now have an opportunity to permanently ban domestic horse slaughter with the “Safeguard American Food Exports [SAFE] Act.” The SAFE Act would also prevent U.S. horses from being exported to Canada or Mexico for slaughter.  Because the defunding measure expires in September, we only have a short window to act.

ACTION REQUESTED: ALL U.S. residents:

Please ask your U.S. Representatives and your U.S. Senators to co-sponsor the “Safeguard American Food Exports [SAFE] Act”  by Senators Robert Menendez [D-NJ] and Lindsey Gramham [R-SC].

FEDERAL PREVENT ALL SORING TACTICS [PAST] ACT

The brutal practice of “soring” – intentionally injuring the legs of Tennessee Walking horses to produce an exaggerated gait-has been outlawed since passage of the Horse Protection Act in 1970. Yet some abusive trainers still subject horses to this inhumane practice through the use of blistering agents and mechanical means.  The Prevent All Soring Tactics [PAST] Act strengthens the existing federal law-and would end this cruelty and bring animal abusers to justice.

ACTION REQUESTED: ALL U.S. residents:

Please ask your U.S. Representatives and your U.S. Senators to co-sponsor the “Prevent All Soring Tactics [PAST] Act.”

FEDERAL HORSE TRANSPORTATION SAFETY ACT

This federal legislation would outlaw the transportation of horses in interstate commerce in double-deck trailers.  These multi-level trailers, commonly used for the hauling of cattle and pigs, provide insufficient headroom for transporting horses.  This inhumane practice has resulted in catastrophic accidents and serious injuries to horses. While some states have outlawed this practice, and the USDA has issued regulations against transporting horses to slaughter in double-deck trailers, there is currently no federal law on the books banning this practice.

ACTION REQUESTED: ALL U.S. residents.

Please ask your U.S. Representatives and your U.S. Senators to co-sponsor the “Horse Transportation Safety Act” by Representatives Steve Cohen [D-TN] and Ed Whitfield [R-KY] and Senator Mark Kirk [R-IL].

FEDERAL ANIMAL WELFARE IN AG. RESEARCH ENDEAVORS [AWARE] ACT [HR 746/s 388]

A January New York Times report on the USDA’s Meat Animal Research Center [MARC] in remote Nebraska exposed the fact that, for decades, MARC has been using taxpayer dollars to fund meat-industry research to genetically and chemically alter farm animals. In addition to tinkering with defenseless animals and rendering them weak, deformed, and dead-as many as 6,500 animals died from starvation-MARC tortured and mutilated live animals.

While the federal Animal Welfare Act provides minimum regulations for animals used in research, the law has long defined “animal” in a way that excludes farm animals used in agricultural research. The AWARE Act would amend the Animal Welfare Act to require humane treatment of animals by federal government facilities.

ACTION REQUESTED ALL U.S. RESIDENTS.

Please ask your U.S. Representatives to co-sponsor HR 746 by Representatives Earl Blumenauer [D-OR], Michael Fitzpatrick {R-PA}, Vern Buchanan [R-FL], and Louise Slaughter [D-NY], and ask your U.S. Senators to co-sponsor S 388 by Senator Cory Booker [D-NJ].

CALIFORNIA-RESTRICT USE OF DRUGS IN FARM ANIMALS [AB 49 AND SB 27] 

This bill would reduce the squandering of several important antibiotics in factory farms. It would redefine “restricted drug” to include any livestock drug that is recognized by either the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization to increase the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.  The bill would prohibit the use of a “restricted drug” if the drug poses a risk to public health through the increased prevalence of antibiotic-resistanct bacteria.

ACTION REQUESTED: CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS.

Please urge your state legislature to SUPPORT AB 49 by Assembly member Kevin Mullin and SB 27 by Senator Jerry Hill when they come up for a vote.

MASSACHUSETTS CONFINEMENT OF FARM ANIMALS

Please urge your state legislators to SUPPORT THE “Massachusetts Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act” by Senator Jason Lewis when it comes up for a vote.

NEW YORK CONFINEMENT OF FARM ANIMALS [A 384]

This measure would prohibit the extreme confinement of certain farm animals in a manner that would prevent them from turning around and extending their limbs.

The Bill would prohibit the confinement of veal calves in crates and breeding pigs in gestation crates.  Violation of this measure would be a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for up to one year and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

ACTION REQUESTED: NEW YORK RESIDENTS.

The Massachusetts Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act would prohibit the extreme confinement of certain farm animals in a manner that would prevent them from turning around and extending their limbs.  This bill would prohibit the confinement of veal calves in crates and breeding pigs in gestation crates.  A violation would be a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for up to 180 days and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

ACTION REQUESTED: MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS

Please urge your state legislators to SUPPORT A 384 by Assembly member Linda B, Rosenthal when it comes up for a vote.

OREGON ANIMALS AS CONTEST PRIZES [HB 2641]

This measure would regulate “scramble” contests, where children catch rabbits or other small animals to keep as pets.  In addition to requiring minimum care to animals prior to a contest and allowing the winner to return the animal for up to six months after the contest, this bill would “ensure that the animal is not chased, kicked or otherwise subjected to offensive physical contact prior to or during the contest, drawing, sweepstates, lottery or other event.”

The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association is opposed to this bill becasue it fears it would infringe on rodeo practices.  The penalty for violating this measure would be a maximum of six [6] months imprisonment, $2,500 fine, or both.

ACTION REQUESTED – OREGON RESIDENTS

Please urge your state legislators to SUPPORT hb 2641 by Representative David Gomberg and Senator Peter Courtney when it comes up for a vote.


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