This morning ASPCA President Matt Bershadker stood on Capitol Hill beside Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon as he introduced new legislation to end government-funded and -perpetrated cruelty to animals used in agricultural research. The Animal Welfare in Agricultural Research Endeavors (AWARE) Act, H.R. 746/S. 388, comes in response to the gut-wrenching animal suffering revealed by The New York Times at USDA’s Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) in Nebraska—a tax-payer funded facility that performs research to make meat production more profitable.
The AWARE Act would require animal agricultural research at federal facilities to meet the minimal standards for humane handling, care, and treatment in the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The bill would prohibit the type of disregard for animal suffering that is clearly ingrained at the USMARC.
To date, the USDA has provided no explanation nor expressed any remorse for its treatment of the thousands of animals that have been starved, crushed, tortured or left to die painful deaths at the hands of its researchers. While it’s disappointing that the agency with primary enforcement authority for our federal animal welfare statutes—including the Animal Welfare Act, which H.R. 746/S. 388 would amend—behaves so atrociously toward the animals in its own care, we are grateful to have champions like House cosponsors Rep. Blumenauer and Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick working to right these wrongs. We are also grateful to Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey for introducing the Senate version of the bill and to Wayne Pacelle of The Humane Society of the U.S. for helping us lead the charge.
Gracie is a sweet and friendly pup who just can’t wait to meet her forever family. Gracie can be shy at first, but if you greet her slowly and become her friend, she’ll never leave your side. This energetic girl loves to be on the move and would be thrilled to go home with an adopter who can give her daily exercise to keep her happy and healthy.
Gracie already knows how to “sit,” but she’d love for you to teach her a few more tricks, too. This pretty lady is interested in playing with other dogs and, with proper introductions, she could learn to make a few canine friends! Gracie has a skin condition that requires medication, but our Adoptions team can give you tips on how to manage her needs. Gracie would do best with an experienced adopter in a household with teens-and-up. Adopt Gracie today!
Gracie is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Gracie, please visit her profile page.
To learn more about Gracie and to see her in action, check out the video below!
Every now and then, we come across a special adoptable pet who needs a little extra help finding a home. This week, we’re shining our Adoption Spotlight on Ronny, a special cat who will make one lucky adopter very happy.
Ronny came into the ASPCA’s care in October 2013. When this sensitive guy first entered the ASPCA Animal Hospital, he was very nervous and had several health conditions requiring medical and dental care. In fact, Ronny was so anemic that he required a blood transfusion. But even while he was very sick, it didn’t take long for his sweet and loveable personality to shine through.
Ronny loves his special food and will do just about anything for a snack—he’s even learning some cool tricks such as jumping on stools and sitting on command. Ronny’s a fast learner, and he’d love to have you teach him a few more tricks.
This resilient guy prefers to have all four paws on the ground, but shows his affection with plenty of chirping and leg rubbing. He loves attention and being stroked by his favorite people! Ronny’s the kind of cat who can get along with everyone, and with the right introductions, we think he’ll become fast friends with your resident dog or cat.
This sweet boy is FIV positive, and his traumatic past left him with large scar on his neck and a few medical needs that will require lifelong care. His conditions can be well-managed with a special diet and monthly shots.
Ronny is a special cat who has been through so much and would love nothing more than to join a forever family who will love and take care of him. If you’re interested in adopting Ronny, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Ronny, please visit his profile page and be sure to check out the video below to see him in action!
Have you ever found spare change in your couch cushions? A dollar in your laundry? Most people have. But if you’ve never held that forgotten money in your hand and thought, “This small amount can change a life,” maybe it’s time you did.
The new year is looking good for horse welfare on Capitol Hill! President Obama’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16), released yesterday, reaffirms the President’s support for a ban on the use of tax dollars for horse slaughter. If accepted by Congress, the budget proposal will renew language prohibiting the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from spending any tax dollars on inspections at U.S. horse slaughter plants and prevent horse slaughter plants from opening in the U.S. for another fiscal year.
“We appreciate the White House’s continued commitment to keeping the grisly business of horse slaughter out of the U.S.,” says Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Government Relations. “The President’s actions reflect the will of the 80 percent of Americans who oppose horse slaughter for human consumption and large, bipartisan votes in past Congresses have underscored this position. Congress should move swiftly to heed the American people’s wishes and renew this prohibition for the sake of protecting horses from cruelty and consumers from this gross threat to human health.”
This funding limitation mirrors the language included in the President’s previous budget proposal and is in line with Congress’s demonstrated opposition to horse slaughter. Congress included this same prohibition on tax dollars for horse slaughter in its FY14 and FY15 spending packages, both after strong House and Senate committee votes on the issue.
In addition to these achievements on Capitol Hill, great strides have been made on this issue internationally. As of January 15, the European Union bans the import of horse meat from Mexico for human consumption. This decision was based on evidence of the terrible treatment of these horses—many of whom originate in the U.S.—and the risk their meat poses to human health (due to the vast array of dangerous drugs routinely given to American horses). We must build on the momentum of these recent victories to ensure that the President’s recommendations are adopted by Congress for the next fiscal year!
What You Can Do Let’s make sure the message comes through loud and clear that protecting our horses must continue to be a priority in this new Congress. Sign up for the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade today to stay current on the latest animal welfare developments, and join us in being a voice for horses on Capitol Hill!