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Farm Bill Strengthens Animal Fighting Law, Maintains State Farm Animal Protection Laws

The HSUS and HSLF Applaud Congress’s Passage of Farm Bill


The U.S. Senate gave final approval to the Farm Bill today, and the bill now on its way to President Obama includes two major victories for animal welfare.

The final bill includes a provision making it a federal crime to attend or bring a child under the age of 16 to an animal fighting event, and omits a controversial House-passed provision seeking to nullify state laws setting standards for agricultural production. 

“The Farm Bill gives us a new hammer in breaking up dogfighting and cockfighting rings, allowing law enforcement crack down on the entire cast of characters involved in these sickening enterprises,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS. “The Farm Bill also drives a stake in the heart of the overreaching and destructive King amendment which threatened so many state and local laws against inhumane farming practices.”

The HSUS urges President Obama to sign the legislation. It extends its thanks to so many lawmakers in the House and Senate who advocated for animal welfare positions, led by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.

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