Budget Cuts Threaten Animals

April 10th, 2011
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Important laws protecting dogs and other animals are threatened by proposed funding cuts to federal programs in the 2012 federal budget.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding for enforcing several critical animal welfare laws, including the Animal Welfare Act, the Horse Protection Act and the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, is at risk of being slashed in next year’s budget.  Strong enforcement of these laws prevents the cruelties of dog fighting and cockfighting, avoids food safety crises caused by sick animals, and protects workers from injuries.

Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) are asking their colleagues in the House of Representatives to co-sign a letter in support of maintaining funding for enforcement of these animal welfare laws. Reps. Smith and Blumenauer plan to present this letter to the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee later this week. The ASPCA is encouraging individuals who care about animal welfare to contact their Representative before the Wednesday, April 13, signature deadline to urge members of Congress sign on to the letter.

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