Good news for animals in the final version of the Farm Bill, which was released by the conference committee earlier today. The bill, HR 2, must still be approved by both chambers of Congress, but the compromise language is all good news for animals.
- The text of the Pet and Woman Safety Act, which would include pets within the scope of prohibited interstate stalking and to allocate funding to grant awards for shelters and housing assistance that accommodate victims of domestic violence with companion animals, was adopted as “Protecting Animals with Shelter.”
- The slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption, as well as the transport of these animals for slaughter, will be prohibited under the new Farm Bill.
- The King Amendment, which would allow producers in states without humane farming provisions to sell their products in a state that has more humane farming laws, is NOT included in the final Farm Bill. This provision would have undermined all state humane farming efforts by allowing other state producers to flood their markets with cheaper eggs, pork, beef and veal. Failure to allow these sales would be actionable in federal court.
Thanks to everyone who made their voices heard in calling for better laws to protect animals.