Name: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020
Bill Number: HR 3164
Each year, Congress must pass bills appropriating funds for
various federal agencies. This year’s funding bill for the Department of
Agriculture, HR 3164, contains several provisions that would positively impact
animals and increase transparency for animals in research.
HR 3164 would direct the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal
and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to restore all publicly available
Animal Welfare inspection reports that were available on January 30, 2017—when
the Animal Care Public Search Tool was removed from the APHIS website—and all
content generated since that date. This would include:
The restoration of this database would create greater
transparency and hold research facilities accountable for violations of the
Animal Welfare Act. The current database, which replaced the version removed in
2017, is difficult to navigate and omits many records previously available to
This bill would also prohibit
the use of appropriated funds for several purposes, including:
This 110-page bill contains many other provisions, but the
issues outlined above show a new attitude towards animal welfare, at least on
the part of the House Appropriations Committee.
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Please support federal funding bill with animal welfare measures intact
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to ask your support for HR 3164, the proposed federal funding bill for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for the 2020 fiscal year. The bill contains several provisions that would benefit animal welfare and it is important that the final bill includes them.HR 3164 would direct the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to restore all publicly available Animal Welfare inspection reports that were removed from public view in 2017 and to restore public access to a fully-searchable database to find them. The restoration of this database would create greater transparency for agency actions, while holding companies accountable for any violations of the Animal Welfare Act.This legislation would also prohibit the use of funds to inspect and license slaughterhouses killing horses for human consumption; for implementation of an optional inspection system for swine slaughterhouses; and for the continued licensing of class B animal dealers selling dogs and cats for use in research.I hope that you will give your full support to the passage HR 3164, including its animal welfare provisions. Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]