According to the Humane Society, a recent session of Congress included new appropriations for animals. Key animal protection measures were included in this session, the group said in an emailed statement.

Protections included additional funds for wildlife trafficking protection, slaughterhouse kill speeds, horse soring and slaughter in 2021 budgets. The Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee bill included the following provisions, per Humane Society:

  • Doubling of funds to crack down on horse soring
  • More funding to expand domestic violence shelter options for people with pets
  • Requiring facilities regulated by the Animal Welfare Act, such as puppy mills and roadside zoos, to have emergency response plans for the animals in their care. Permanently requiring that USDA Agricultural Research Service facilities receive inspections
  • Ending higher-speed slaughter lines during the pandemic
  • Preventing government spending on horse slaughter inspections
  • Enforcing humane slaughter requirements
  • Renewing the prohibition on licensing Class B dealers

Kitty Block, CEO and President of the Humane Society of the United States and Sara Amundson, President of the Humane Society Legislative Fund said of the bills, “We are immensely grateful to committee leaders and members, including Agriculture subcommittee Chairman Bishop, subcommittee Ranking Member Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., all the legislators who championed the pro-animal USDA measures, and Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Christopher Smith, R-N.J., for their outstanding bipartisan mobilization of a record-breaking 207 Representatives who requested many of these animal protection provisions. We also thank Reps. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., Peter King, R-N.Y., and all of the legislators who advocated the pro-wildlife language in the State-Foreign Operations bill, and Chairwoman Lowey for including these critical provisions in her subcommittee’s bill.”

Read more about animals and legislation, including recent FDA changes to animal adoption and wildlife trafficking protections following the coronavirus pandemic.

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