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Support New Farm Bill to Restore Government Transparency and Establish Welfare Reforms

Support New Farm Bill to Restore Government Transparency and Establish Welfare Reforms

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 poultry.

 

Call to Actions:

  1. Please contact your U.S. Representative and urge them to support and join as a cosponsor of this important piece of legislation.
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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]