Working to Get Animal Welfare into Federal Budget

Taking advantage of the opportunity to testify before Congressional committees as they begin to determine spending levels for Fiscal Year 2013 (beginning October 2012), AWI asked for continued support for the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Animal Cruelty and Animal Fighting Initiative, and for the agencies that are battling white-nose syndrome, the fungus that is killing bats across the United States. AWI also submitted written testimony requesting that Congress provide the resources to enable the U.S. Department of Agriculture to do a better job enforcing the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act and the Horse Protection Act, and not to spend money to license random source Class B dog and cat dealers or inspect horse slaughter plants, nor to allow the destruction of healthy wild horses and burros.