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 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. Follow the “take action now” links for more information on each bill and contact information for your members of Congress.
Ban Barren Battery Cages
The most important piece of farm animal welfare legislation in decades, H.R. 3798/S. 3239, will help tens of millions of hens within one year. This bill will also require phasing in the elimination of barren battery cages, thus improving the lives of hundreds of millions of animals annually.
- Bill sponsors: Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA), and Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA), Sen. Feinstein (D-CA)
- 2012 Bill co-sponsors
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, would stop the use of antibiotics that are also used in human mdeicine.
- Bill sponsor: Rep. Slaughter (D-NY)
- Bill status: House and Senate (not yet introduced)
- 2012 co-sponsors: House and 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.