The U.S. Food and Drug Administration currently bans the presence of 379 common equine drugs in animals slaughtered for human consumption. However, there is no procedure in place to ensure that American horses, sold to slaughterhouses and killed for human consumption, are free of these FDA-banned substances.
Representatives Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Chris Smith (R-NJ) have reintroduced the Pet Safety and Protection Act, H.R. 2224, to establish integrity in the provision of dogs and cats for research purposes.
Hauling horses in double-deck trailers is dangerous and inhumane.These trailers do not provide sufficient headroom for horses to stand upright. They often endure long journeys in cramped positions and suffer serious injuries as a result. The Horse Transportation Safety Act, sponsored by Sens. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), is necessary to protect horses from being transported across the United States in trailers having more than one level.
H. Res. 208, introduced by Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), expresses Congress’s opposition to the use of gas chambers for euthanizing shelter animals and encourages those states that have not already done so to require euthanasia by injection (EBI). EBI is far more humane for the animals, safer for shelter personnel, and less costly.
On April 11, 2013, H.R. 1518 was introduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Joe Pitts (R-PA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), and Jim Moran (D-VA). On July 31, 2013, S. 1406, a companion measure, was introduced in the Senate by Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Mark Warner (D-VA). Both bills enjoy overwhelming bipartisan support.
To protect animal and human health by combating the excessive use of antibiotics in agriculture, the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA) was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and in the Senate by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).
The Animal Welfare Institute’s Board of Directors has carefully considered the pending legislation entitled the “Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2013.”