Downed Animal Protection Act Introduced In Congress

With a total of 104 cosponsors, the Downed Animal Protection Act has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate as H.R. 2519 and S. 1298, respectively, to address the cruel treatment of cows, sheep, pigs, and other farmed animals who become too sick or injured to stand or walk unassisted. Currently, these animals can be dragged, electrically shocked, beaten, and even bulldozed to move them to slaughter, no matter how sick or crippled they may be.

The Downed Animal Protection Act will require immediate humane euthanasia for downed animals at slaughterhouses and prohibit them from being used for human food. This will create a financial incentive for farmers and other workers to treat animals more carefully and ensure that they don't become "downers." An additional compelling argument for legislators to support this bill is that it will protect public health, since animals who are too sick to walk may be victims of "Mad Cow Disease" or other illnesses that could endanger people.

The initial, strong showing of so many cosponsors is a positive indication that this year, the Downed Animal Protection Act has a good chance of being enacted.


Contact your U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators in support of the Downed Animal Protection Act. Urge your Representative to cosponsor H.R. 2519, and urge your Senators to cosponsor S.1298.

All federal legislators can be reached through the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121, and you can identify their names at or by calling The HSUS at 202-955-3668.

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