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House Agriculture Appropriations Bill Gives Animals a Boost; Needs Senate Action

House Agriculture Appropriations Bill Gives Animals a Boost; Needs Senate Action

Name:  Commerce, Justice, Science, Agricultural, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act

Bill Number: HR 3055

Each year, Congress must pass bills appropriating funds for various federal agencies. This year’s funding bill for the Department of Agriculture, HR 3055, contains several provisions that would positively impact animals and increase transparency for animals in research.

 This legislation would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make publicly available:

  • All reports documenting all Animal Welfare Act non-compliances observed by USDA officials and all animal inventories;
  • All Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act enforcement records;
  • All reports or other materials documenting any non-compliances observed by USDA officials; and
  • All Animal Welfare Act research facility annual reports.

The currently-available USDA information, which replaced a superior (but still imperfect) database that was removed in 2017, is difficult to navigate and omits many records previously available to the public. The restoration of this database to pre-2017 levels would provide greater transparency and hold research facilities accountable for violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

This bill would also prohibit the use of appropriated funds for several purposes, including:

  • Funding Department of Veterans Affairs medical research that causes significant pain or distress to dogs;
  • Licensing and inspection of Class B animal dealers that sell dogs and cats for use in research, experiments, teaching or testing; and
  • Inspection of horse slaughter facilities (making it impossible for a facility to sell the meat from the facility).

This massive funding 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 3055, the proposed federal funding bill for Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act for the 2020 fiscal year. The bill contains several provisions that would benefit animal welfare.

HR 3055 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. It will also greatly reduce the burden on the agency from increased FOIA requests for information previously available online.

This legislation would also prohibit the use of funds to inspect and license slaughterhouses killing horses for human consumption; the continued funding of VA medical research on dogs that causes pain or stress; and 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 of HR 3055, including its animal welfare provisions, funding the continued operation of our government without pause. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]