On Thursday (11/15), the Senate Agriculture Committee approved legislation
to combat animal fighting and to address the abuse of downed animals at
stockyards as part of S. 1628, known as the “Farm Bill.” The animal
fighting provision, pushed by Senators Wayne Allard (R-CO) and Tom Harkin
(D-IA), bars any interstate shipment of birds for fighting and any export
of fighting dogs or birds. It also increases penalties for any violation
of the animal fighting section of the Animal Welfare Act. The downed
animal provision, championed by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Daniel
Akaka (D-HI), addresses the abuse and marketing of so-called downed
animals. If this language is retained, thousands of farm animals who
become too sick or injured to walk will be spared the cruel beatings and
abuse often administered to move them from the stockyard to the
slaughterhouse. Instead, federal law will stipulate that these animals be
humanely euthanized. S. 1628 will soon be voted on by the full Senate,
and, if passed there, will go to a House-Senate conference.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Contact your two U.S. Senators and ask them to support the language in the
Committee Farm bill to help end cockfighting and to stop the abuse of
downed animals. Senators may be reached through the Congressional
switchboard: 202-224-3121. You can find out the names of your Senators
by looking them up online at: www.senate.gov
or by calling The HSUS at
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That’s great. I’m from Anchorage and see the same thing. Anyway, I’ll be back before too long.