Breaking news: U.S. House approves key animal reforms, including combating wildlife trafficking, preventing cruel hunting practices and enforcing animal cruelty laws
By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson
改革是一揽子拨款的一部分s bills, called a “minibus,” and the package considered today—covering the departments of Agriculture, Interior, State, Veterans Affairs and the Environmental Protection Agency—is the first of two minibus bills the House will take up this year as it goes about its job of funding the federal government. Other animal protection reforms included in this minibus include reducing slaughterhouse kill speeds, providing more shelter options fordomestic violence survivors with pets, andprotecting gray wolves.
Combat wildlife trafficking:在8 $ 10十亿每年，非法野生动物贸易的行列国际上最有利可图的犯罪活动之一，它也是危及野生动物的最显著的威胁，其罕见的零部件和产品用于食品，传统的药物之一，奢侈品和社会地位的象征。这项修正案，由众议员希拉·杰克逊·李，d-德州，提出将加强美国国务院与国际伙伴工作的重要性，以应对濒危物种的走私。
防止在阿拉斯加公共土地上残酷的狩猎做法：该修正案将防止联邦基金被用于实现disastrous National Park Service rulefinalized in June that would allow trophy hunting practices, including killing hibernating bears and wolf pups, on Alaska’s national preserves. The measure was offered by Reps. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa.
Rein in horse soring:The package approved today would earmark $750,000 for the USDA’s Office of Inspector General to complete, by July 31, 2021, an audit of the agency’s enforcement of the Horse Protection Act, which regulates horse shows to detect and penalize the soring of Tennessee walking horses and related breeds, and the Slaughter Horse Transport Program, which is supposed to ensure that horses being shipped for slaughter to foreign processing plants are transported humanely. This amendment, building on committee report language included earlier at the behest of abipartisan group of 207 Representatives, was offered by Reps. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., Fitzpatrick, Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, Ron Estes, R-Kan., Tony Cárdenas, D-Calif., Pete King, R-N.Y., and Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.
Enforce animal cruelty laws:One of the measures approved today would transfer $1 million for the USDA Office of Inspector General to enforce anti-animal cruelty statutes including the federal animal fighting law. This amendment, also building on language the Appropriations Committee included at the request of207 Representatives，由众议员提出。乔Neguse，d-科罗拉多州，马特·加茨，R-佛罗里达州，玛德琳·迪恩，d霸，比尔·波西，R-佛罗里达州，科恩，添伯切特，R-田纳西州布坎南，Fitzpatrick, Cárdenas, Estes, P. King, Ann McLane Kuster, D-N.H., and Ben McAdams, D-Utah.
Improve management of wild horses and burros:This measure would encourage the Bureau of Land Management to use $11 million of its budget to implement PZP, a humane, reversible fertility control vaccine to manage wild horses populations. For many years, the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund have advocated that BLM must revamp its management strategy to focus onproven, safe and humane fertility control vaccinesto address on-the-range population growth in a humane manner. This amendment was offered by Reps. Cohen, Dina Titus, D-Nev., Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., Neguse, Fitzpatrick, David Schweikert, R-Ariz., David Price, D-N.C., P. King, Deb Haaland, D-N.M., Schakowsky, McAdams, and John Katko, R-N.Y.
Support equine-assisted therapy for veterans:This amendment would transfer $5 million to the Veterans Health Administration’s Medical Services program for use for equine-assisted therapy to support veterans’ mental health. This form of therapy has proven successful for many veterans by reducing PTSD-related anxiety, increasing confidence, and improving interpersonal skills and trust in others. Working with these large animals also hones veterans’ patience and perseverance and helps them regain physical strength. The amendment was offered by Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky.
Members rejected a bad amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., that would have ensured that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can continue issuing permits to import endangered elephant and lion trophies from Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania. The House reiterated its 2019 declaration that American taxpayers should not subsidize the cruel hobbies of wealthy hunters who threaten the existence of our world’s most at-risk wildlife. Reps. Buchanan, Blumenauer, P. King and Jared Huffman, D-Calif., are leading efforts to secure a theban on these trophy import permits通过使用联邦基金授权这些奖杯进口禁止机构。
We are grateful to all members who worked to get these issues into the bills and to ensure they remained in the package that passed the full House. Kudos also to our HSLF staff for their role in bringing these matters before members of Congress and keeping them front and center as they move toward passage. This work on the appropriations process is some of the most important we do each year, and over time it’s resulted in many terrific wins for animals.
We urge the Senate to next take up and pass these commonsense reforms without delay. We’ll be working on the other minibus bill, and to ensure it includes more victories for animals, in days to come.
Sara Amundson is president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund.