Name: Food and Farm Act
Bill Number: HR 4425
The Food and Farm Act is a rare agriculture bill that includes a significant
animal welfare component. Offered as an alternative to the traditional Farm
Bill passed every five years, this bill calls for the formation of an independent animal welfare certification
program. This program would use independent third-party auditors to inspect and
assess producers’ compliance with industry standards for animal welfare. It
also includes a definition of what animal welfare compliance would entail.
This bill would also
require the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make available all inspection reports and annual report
information of licensees under the Animal
Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act. It contains language from the Animal Welfare Accountability
and Transparency Act, (S 503 and HR 1368) and would restore
to public access, in a searchable online database, records that were removed
from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Animal Care Search
Tool in February of 2017.
In addition to these two
measures, the Food and Farm Act would prohibit the trade in dog and cat meat
and the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption in the U.S., as well
as require certification for “organic” and “humanely raised” livestock and
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Consider Animal Welfare in Farm Bill Consideration
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to ask your support for HR 4425, the Food and Farm Act, which would call for the formation of an independent animal welfare certification program. This program would use independent third-party auditors to inspect and assess producers' compliance with industry standards for animal welfare. The Food and Farm Act would also return transparency to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act activities, establish certification for organic and humanely raised livestock, and deal with agriculture subsidies for crops. While animal welfare is generally not addressed in Farm Bill considerations, this bill provides a balance of agricultural and welfare interests in a way that makes sense and promotes the health of the nation as a whole in modern times. It is time for a meaningful overhaul of agricultural policy that addresses issues of concern to your constituents and not merely the agriculture industry.I hope that you will consider joining as a sponsor of this bill, and also give it your support as it moves through Congress.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]