Federal Legislation and Regulation
At Farm Sanctuary, we spend our lives with farm animals, and we know them as individuals. We would no more eat a chicken or a pig than we would eat a kitten or a puppy. However, we also recognize that legislation and regulation can lessen the suffering of millions — or even billions — of animals with one bill.
Please contact your members of Congress and ask that they support the following three pieces of federal legislation and regulation. Follow the “take action now” links for more information on each bill and contact information for your members of Congress.
Stop the Slaughter of Sick & Injured Birds
Despite the fact that chickens and turkeys comprise more than 98.5 percent of all slaughtered animals in the United States, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has refused to create legal requirements that eliminate the worst abuses of birds at slaughter.
Consequently, birds are routinely and horrifically abused. It is perfectly legal for slaughter plants to take animals with broken wings or legs and subject them to the full and agonizing slaughter process. As discussed in this front page story from The Washington Post, every year, millions of these poor animals are literally boiled alive.
Farm Sanctuary and the Animal Welfare Institute have filed a legal petition with the USDA, calling on the agency to create regulations that will stop the slaughter of sick and injured animals, among other protections. You can read our full petition here, along with an article about our petition.
Then, please contact the USDA and ask them to act on our petition by creating poultry regulations to stop some of the worst abuses, including a ban the slaughter of animals with broken wings or legs.
Stop Antibiotic Use in Farm Animals
Farm animals receive far more antibiotics than humans do in the United States, both to keep animals alive in conditions so filthy and disease-promoting that they would die in massive numbers without the drugs and also to make them grow more quickly. The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA), HR 1150/S 1256, would stop the use of antibiotics that are also used in human medicine.
- Bill sponsor: Rep. Slaughter (D-NY) in the House, Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Cal.) in the Senate
- Bill status: Senate
Stop the Export of American Horses for Slaughter in Mexico and Canada!
Horse slaughter is fraught with terror, pain, and suffering. The battle over horse slaughter in the United States has resulted in thousands of horses being shipped to Mexico and Canada for slaughter. Bi-partisan legislation introduced by Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) in the House and by Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in the Senate would shut down the trade in horses once and for all.