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Legislation

The Alliance closely monitors legislation that may impact animal agriculture at the state and federal level. State legislative measures dictating animal care are often lobbied for by activist organizations and have the potential to impact farmers' and ranchers' ability to provide safe, nutritious and affordable animal products for all. 

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AL Legislation

PASSED

HB 561
Description:

To prohibit a county or municipal government from adopting any ordinance, rule, or resolution concerning the care and handling of livestock or animal husbandry practices on any private property and to reserve the entire subject of care, handling, or animal husbandry to the Department of Agriculture and Industries and the State Board of Agriculture and Industries.

Passed
Pass Date: 4/14/2010

SB 271
Farm Animal, Crop, and Research Facilities Protection Act
Description:

Would probhibit any person to intentionally release, steal, destroy, or otherwise cause loss of any animal or crop from an animal or crop facility without the consent of the owner. Other illegal actions include vandalizing obtaining access by false pretenses for the purpose of performing acts not authorized by the facility, and possession of records obtained by theft or deception without authorization of the facility. 

Status: Effective 7/1/2002
Passed

FAILED

SR 37
Description:

Would require the use of "sound science" when evaluating crop protection chemistries, genetically engineered traits and agricultural nutrients. 

Status: Engrossed 4/30/2015; Died in Chamber
Failed

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AK Legislation

PENDING

HB 32
Label Genetically Modified Food
Description:

Would require food produced with genetic engineering to be labeled. 

Status: Introduced 1/28/2017
Pending

FAILED

HB 92
Description:

Would require food produced with genetic engineering to be labeled. 

Status: Introduced 1/30/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

HB 99
Description:

Would require farmed fish to bear a label reading "farmed fish" and fish produced with genetic engineering to bear a label reading "genetically modified fish or fish product."

Status: Introduced 1/18/2011; Died in Committee
Failed

HJR 8
Description:

Would urge the United States Food and Drug Administration to deny any application to sell genetically engineered salmon in the United States.

Status: Introduced 1/18/2011; Died in Committee
Failed

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AZ Legislation

PASSED

HB 2612
Description:

Would require a veterinarian who reasonably suspects or believes that an animal has been victim of aubuse to report that suspicion to law enforcement within 48 hours after treatment or examination.

Passed
Pass Date: 4/27/2010

Proposition 204
Relating to Cruel and Inhumane Confinement of Animals
Description:

Would prohibit a person from confining a gestating pig or a veal calf on a farm for all or the majority of a day in a manner that prevents the animal from lying down and fully extending its limbs or turning around freely. Ballot passed with 62 percent of the vote on Nov. 7, 2006. 

Passed
Pass Date: 11/7/2006

FAILED

HB 2022
Description:

Would prohibit a person convicted of an offense of animal cruelty from owning, fostering, adopting or otherwise to have care or custody of any animal in the person's household. 

Status: Introduced 1/14/2014; Died in Committee
Failed

HB 2275
Genetically engineered foods; labeling
Description:

Would require foods made with genetic engineering to be labeled. 

Status: Introduced 5/5/2016; Died in Chamber
Failed

HB 2462
Genetically engineered foods; labeling
Description:

Would require foods produced with genetic engineering to be labeled. 

Status: Introduced 3/31/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

HB 2474
Electronic communication device; unlawful use
Description:

Would prohibit the use of a telephone or wireless phone to commit crimes of animal terrorism. 

Status: Failed 2/2/2012
Failed

HB 2587
Description:

The bill states that a person shall not intentionally, knowingly or recklessly cause injury or undue suffering to livestock or poultry and that the director or the director's designee shall be notified of any investigation of an alleged violation of this and after being notified of the investigation may choose to particpate or not particpate in the investigation. Would make a person guilty of animal cruelty if that person intentionally, knowingly or recklessly fails to provide medical care and treatment necessary to prevent unreasonable suffering to any animal under the person's custody or control.

Status: Engrossed 3/10/2014; Died in Chamber
Failed

SB 1037
Animal abuser registration
Description:

Would require a person who is at least 18 years old and is convicted of a crime of animal abuse or attempted animal abuse to register on the animal abuse registry. 

Status: Introduced 1/14/2014; Died in Committee
Failed

SB 1180
Food misbranding; genetically altered ingredients
Description:

Would require food produced with genetic engineering to be labeled. 

Status: Introduced 1/24/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

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AR Legislation

PENDING

HB 1769
Arkansas Animal Abuse Registry
Description:

Would create the Arkansas Animal Abuse Registry.

Status: Introduced 3/13/2017
Pending

PASSED

HB 1665
Description:

Would make a person who knowingly gains access to a nonpublic area of an agricultural production operation and engages in an act that exceeds the person's authority to enter the nonpublic area is liable to the owner or operator of the property for any damages sustained by the owner or operator. An act that exceeds the person's authority inlcudes for a reason other than the intent of seeking or holding employment or doing business with the employer and without authorization subsequently: 

  1. Captures or removes the employer's data, paper, records, or any other documents and uses the information contained on or in the employer's data, paper, records, or any other documents in a manner that damages the employer; 
  2. Records images or sound occurring within an employer's commercial property and uses the recording in a manner that damages the employer; 
  3. Places on the commercial property an unattended camera or electronic surveillance device and uses the unattended camera or electronic surveillance device to record images or data for an unlawful purpose; 
  4. Conspires in an organized theft of items belonging to the employer; or 
  5. Commits an act that substantially interferes with the ownership or possession of the commercial property.

Passed
Pass Date: 3/23/2017

HB 1960
Branding and marketing of livestock
Description:

A person shall not purposely brand, misbrand, mark, or mismark horses, cattle, hogs, sheep and goats with an intent to defraud; or  purposely brands over a previous brand or cuts out or obliterates a previous mark or brand on the animal with an intent to defraud.

Passed
Pass Date: 4/2/2015

HCR 1004
Horse Processing Facilities
Description:

Would request the Arkansas Congressional Delegation and the Congress of the United States to support horse processing facilities. 

Passed
Pass Date: 4/6/2009

SB 13
Description:

Would provide legal protection to animal owners and their animals to ensure that only law enforcement agencies investigate charges of animal cruelty.

Passed
Pass Date: 4/10/2013

FAILED

SB 14
Interference with a livestock or poultry operation
Description:

Would prohibit a person from knowingly recording an image of or sound from the livestock or poultry operation by leaving a recording device on the private property where the livestock or poultry operation is conducted, with the purpose to cause harm to the operation; knowingly obtaining access to the operation under false pretenses; applying for employment at an operation with the purpose to record an image of or sound from the operation.

Status: Failed 5/17/2013
Failed

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CA Legislation

PENDING

AB 243
California Beef Commission
Description:

The bill would create the California Beef Commission to augment and support the work conducted by the California Beef Council and to enable the cattle industry, with the aid of the state, to develop, maintain, and expand the state, nationwide, and foreign markets for beef and beef products produced, processed, manufactured, sold, or distributed in this state for human consumption, and the use and consumption of these beef and beef products in those markets.

Status: Engrossed 5/15/2017
Pending

CO 170763
Environment Code - Antibiotic Use in Food Animals
Description:

City of San Francisco ordinance that would amend the Environment Code to require certain retailers of raw meat and poultry to report the use of antibiotics in such products to the city's Department of the Environment. 

Status: Introduced 6/27/2017
Pending

PASSED

AB 1437
Description:

Would prohibit the sale of a shelled egg for human consumption if it is the product of an egg-laying hen that was confined in an enclosure in a manner that prevents the animal from fully extending its limbs, lying down, standing up and turning around freely. 

Passed
Pass Date: 7/6/2010

AB 224
Description:

This bill would also encourage the department to assist in organizing community-supported agriculture. The bill would require producers that market whole produce, shell eggs, or processed foods through single-farm or multi-farm community-supported agriculture programs to register annually with the department as a California direct marketing producer.

Passed
Pass Date: 9/9/2013

Proposition 2
Standards for Confining Farm Animals
Description:

Backed by HSUS, this initiative would prohibit with certain exceptions, the confinement on a farm of gestating pigs, veal calves, and egg-laying hens in a manner that prevents the animal to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, and fully extend its limbs. The ballot passed with 63 percent of the vote on November 4, 2008. 

Status: Effective 1/1/2015
Passed
Pass Date: 11/4/2008

SB 135
Description:

Would prohibit the tail docking of cattle or horses, except for emergency veterinary treatment to save the animals life or relieve pain.

Passed
Pass Date: 9/3/2009

SB 1520
Description:

The bill would prohibit a person from force feeding a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird’s liver beyond normal size, and would prohibit a person from hiring another person to do so. The bill would also prohibit a product from being sold in the state if it is the result of force feeding a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird’s liver beyond normal size.

Passed
Pass Date: 8/24/2004

SB 27
Livestock: use of antimicrobial drugs
Description:

This bill would, beginning 1/1/2018, prohibit the adminstration of medically important antimicrobial drugs to livestock unless ordered by a licensed veterinarian through a prescription or VFD and would prohibit the use of antimicrobial drugs solely for promoting weight gain and feed efficiency. 

Passed
Pass Date: 10/10/2015

SJR 22
Description:

Would urge Congress to support federal legislation to protect American horses from slaughter for human consumption.

Passed
Pass Date: 9/7/2010

FAILED

AB 1277
Description:

This bill would require any person over 18 years of age who is convicted of felony animal abuse, as defined, to register with the appropriate law enforcement agency, as provided, for a period of 10 years from the date of conviction.

Status: Introduced 2/19/2010; Died in Committee
Failed

AB 1656
Description:

This bill, commencing 9/1/2011, would prohibit the sale or display for sale of any coat, jacket, garment, or other clothing apparel made wholly or partially of fur, regardless of the price of the apparel or the amount or value of the fur contained therein, without having attached thereto and conspicuously displayed a tag or label including the names of the animals from which the fur was acquired and the country of origin of any imported furs. Used articles of clothing would be exempt from these labeling requirements. 

Status: Vetoed by Governor 9/25/2010
Failed

AB 343
Description:

This bill would require a person who willfully or knowingly documents evidence of animal cruelty, in the form of film, image, photographs, print, recordings, or videotapes, to provide a copy of the applicable form of documentary evidence obtained by the person to local law enforcement or an associated animal control officer within 120 hours of documentation to assist law enforcement with the timely investigation and appropriate enforcement of suspected cases of animal cruelty.

Status: Died 1/31/2014
Failed

AB 732
Description:

Would prohibit a person from confining a gestating sow in an enclosure in a manner that prevents the animal from turning around freely or a veal calf in an enclosure in an manner that prevents the calf from turning around freely, lying down with its legs and neck outstretched, and grooming itself.

Status: Introduced 2/13/2003; Died in Committee
Failed

AB 77
Milk and Milk Products Act of 1947
Description:

This bill would amend the Milk and Milk Products Act of 1947 to define "milk products" and "dairy products" to not include products resembling milk. 

Status: Failed 2/1/2016
Failed

SB 416
Description:

Would authorize a school district may make every effort to purchase poultry and meat products that have not been treated with nontherapeutic antibiotics and authorize each school district that purchases poultry or meat products that have not been treated with nontherapeutic antibiotics to report annually to the Superintendent. 

Status: Failed 1/28/2010
Failed

SB 562
Description:

Would require any person who uses antibiotics for a nontherapeutic use in any animal raised for the production of any human food product made available commercially shall be required to label the product with the following warning, which shall be prominently displayed on the front of the product packaging and which shall appear in typeface of no less than 14-point font: WARNING: THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS NONTHERAPEUTIC ANTIBIOTICS.

Status: Died 11/30/2010
Failed

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CO Legislation

PENDING

SJR 5
Concerning supporting Colorado professional rodeo
Description:

Would encourage the state's citizens to support rodeo and the many sponsors that make it possible for rodeo committees to provide a great source of family entertainment.

Status: Engrossed 1/18/2017
Pending

PASSED

HB 1197
Exclude Marijuana From Farm Products Definition
Description:

Would exclude marijuana from the 'farm products' definition with regard to regulation of farm products under the 'Farm Products Act'.

Passed
Pass Date: 4/6/2017

SB 201
Description:

Would require veal calves and gestating sows be kept in a way that allows such animals to freely stand up, lie down, and turn around without touching the sides of their enclosure. Effective for veal on 1/1/2012 and effective for gestating sows on 1/1/2018.

Passed
Pass Date: 4/7/2008

FAILED

HB 13-1231
Description:

Would prohibit tail docking of any dairy cattle; however, it allows tail docking if the following conditions are met: A licensed veterinarian performs the tail docking; The tail docking is performed for a therapeutic purpose; Anesthesia is used on the animal during the procedure; and The veterinarian conducts the procedure in a manner that minimizes the animal's long-term pain and suffering.

Status: Introduced 2/13/2013; Died
Failed

SB 42
Description:

Would require a person to report abandonment, mistreatment, or neglect of an animal to the owner or law enforcement within 48 hours.

Status: Failed 2/9/2015
Failed

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CT Legislation

PASSED

HB 6527
Description:

Would require any infant formula or baby food that is partially or entirely produced with genetic engineering and is offered or intended for retail sale in the state shall include labeling that states in a clear and conspicuous manner, "produced with genetic engineering". Such labeling shall be displayed in the same size and font as the ingredients in the nutritional facts panel on the food label.

Passed
Pass Date: 6/3/2013

FAILED

HB 5024
Description:

Would permit local or regional boards of education to offer humane education courses and use curriculums developed by the Humane Society, ASPCA or other animal rights organizations.

Status: Introduced 1/9/2013; Died
Failed

HB 5117
Description:

This bill requires that, beginning July 1, 2014, certain food items are considered misbranded unless labeled as genetically-engineered or partially produced with genetic engineering.

Status: Introduced 2/16/2012; Died
Failed

HB 5416
Description:

Would establish a Livestock Care Standards Advisory Council to provide policy recommendations to the Commissioner of Agriculture on the care and handling of livestock and to prohibit the use of certain enclosures for gestating sows.

Status: Introduced 2/14/2014; Died in Chamber
Failed

HB 5464
Description:

Would regulate the caging of egg-laying hens, including the prohibition of the use of battery cages.

Status: Introduced 2009; Died
Failed

HB 5811
Description:

Would require battery cages for egg laying hens be of a size that ensures such hens have room to spread their wings.

Status: Introduced 2009; Died
Failed

HB 5838
Description:

Would prohibit the confinement of calves raised for veal and gestating sows in a manner that prevents such animals from turning around freely, lying down, standing up or fully extending their limbs.

Status: Introduced 1/24/2013; Died
Failed

HB 6519
Description:

Would require the labeling of food produced with genetic engineering.

Status: Introduced 2/27/2013; Died
Failed

SB 123
Description:

Would prohibit battery cages for egg-laying hens, gestation stalls for sows and veal crates for calves. 

Status: Introduced 2009; Died
Failed

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Federal Legislation

PENDING

HB 2930
Drone Innovation Act of 2017
Description:

Would develop a civil unmanned aircraft policy framework and a pilot program.

Status: Introduced 6/16/2017
Pending

HR 1105
Stop WOTUS Act
Description:

Would repeal the Waters of the United States rule.

Status: Introduced 2/16/2017
Pending

HR 1368 / S 503
Animal Welfare Accountability and Transparency Act
Description:

Would require the Secretary of Agriculture to make publicly available certain regulatory records relating to the administration of the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act. 

Status: Introduced 3/6/2017
Pending

HR 1494
PACT Act
Description:

Would empower the FBI and U.S. Attorneys to prosecute animal abuse cases that cross state lines, affect interstate commerce or occur on federal property. 

Status: Introduced 3/10/2017
Pending

HR 1587
Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2017
Description:

Would make it unlawful to administer (including by means of animal feed) a medically important antimicrobial to a food-producing animal for nonroutine disease control unless there is a significant risk that a disease or infection present on the premises will be transmitted to the food-producing animal; the administration of the antimicrobial is necessary to prvent or reduce the risk of transmission of the disease or infection; the antimicrobial is administered for the shortest duration possible to prevent or reduce the risk of transmission. 

Status: Introduced 3/16/2017
Pending

HR 1752
Description:

Would prohibit mandatory or compulsory checkoff programs. 

Status: Introduced 3/28/2017
Pending

HR 1753
Opportunities for Fairness in Farming Act of 2017
Description:

This bill would establish restrictions and requirements for checkoff programs, which are programs overseen by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to promote and provide research and information for a particular agricultural commodity without reference to specific producers or brands. The bill prohibits boards established to carry out a checkoff program or a USDA order issued under a checkoff program from entering into a contract or agreement to carry out program activities with a party that engages in activities to influence any government policy or action that relates to agriculture.

This bill is supported by the Humane Society of the United States.

Status: Introduced 3/28/2017
Pending

HR 1759
Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act
Description:

Would prohibit the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling shows in the United States.

Status: Introduced 3/28/2017
Pending

HR 2887
No Regulation Without Representation Act of 2017
Description:

Would prevent states from imposing a tax or regulatory burdens on businesses that are not physically present in the state.  Prohibited activities include telling an out-of-state business how to make or dispose of its products, as well as imposing on it income tax or sales tax collection burdens.  

Status: Introduced in House
Pending

HR 3108
Description:

Would require all seafood sold in the United States to be traceable from ocean to plate to combat seafood fraud and illegal fishing.

Status: Introduced 6/29/2017
Pending

HR 3282
ELD Extension Act of 2017
Description:

Would delay the electronic logging device mandate for livestock hauleres set to go into effect in December until next year. 

Status: Introduced 07/18/2017
Pending

HR 5
Regulatory Accountability Act
Description:

Would reform the process by which Federal agencies analyze and formulate new regulations and guidance documents, to clarify the nature of judicial review of agency interpretations, to ensure complete analysis of potential impacts on small entities of rules, and for other purposes.

Status: Passed in House 1/11/2017
Pending

HR 816
Federal Accountability in Chemical Testing (FACT) Act
Description:

Would amend the ICCVAM Authorization Act of 2000 to require reporting of animal use data by species, number, and test type for toxilogical testing conducted, supported, or required by, or submitted to, each Federal agency listed. Federal agencies inlcude Department of Agriculture and any other agency that develops, or employs tests or test data using animals, or regulates on the basis of the use of animals in toxicity testing.

Status: Introduced 2/2/2017
Pending

HR 861
Description:

Would terminate the Environmental Protection Agency on 12/31/2018.

Status: Introduced 2/3/2017
Pending

S 629
Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act of 2017
Description:

Would amend the Federal Food, Drugs, and Cosmetic Act to ensure the safety and effectiveness of medically important antimicrobials approved for use in the prevention, control, and treatment of animal diseases, in order to minimize the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Status: Introduced 3/14/2017
Pending

SB 1272
Drone Federalism Act of 2017
Description:

Would preserve the authority of state, tribal, and local governments to issue reasonable restrictions on the time, manner, and place of drone operations within 200 feet of the ground or a structure. These could include speed limits, local no-fly zones, temporary restricitons, and prohibitions on reckless or drunk operators, for example. The bill also reaffirms that the federal goverment will respect private property rights to the airspace in the immedicate reaches above a property, including at least the first 200 feet. 

Status: Introduced 5/25/2017
Pending

PASSED

HB 1238
Securing our Agriculture and Food Act
Description:

Would ensure food, agriculture and animal and human health sectors receive attention and are integrated into the Department of Homeland Security domestic preparedness policy initiatives.

Passed
Pass Date: 6/30/2017

HR 2642
Agricultural Act of 2014
Description:

Would provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2018.

Passed
Pass Date: 2/7/2014

SB 544
Animal Enterprise Protection Act of 1992
Description:

Would prohibit a person from intentionally physically disrupting the functioning of an animal enterprise by intentionally stealing, damaging, or causing the loss of enterprise property, including animals and records (or conspiring to do so).

Status: Became public law 8/26/1992
Passed
Pass Date: 8/4/1992

TPP
Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement
Description:

The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement was concluded on Oct. 5, 2015. The goal of the negotiations was to reach a comprehensive, high-standard agreement that will improve the conditions of trade in the region and boost economic activity in all participating countries.

Status: President signed an executive order 1/23/2017
Passed

FAILED

HB 1552
Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2015
Description:

This bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require an applicant for approval of a new animal drug that is a medically important antimicrobial to demonstrate that there is a reasonable certainty of no harm to human health from antimicrobial resistance attributable to the nontherapeutic use of the drug. 

Status: Introduced 3/23/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

HB 4284 / SB 2141
Description:

Would amend the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921 to make it unlawful for a packer to own, feed or control livestock intended for slaughter. 

Status: Introduced 3/28/2012; Died in Committee
Failed

HR 1599
Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015
Description:

The FDA must allow, but not require, genetically engineered food to be labeled. This would preempt any state authority over genetically engineered labeling in favor of a voluntary National Genetically Engineered Food Certification Program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Status: Engrossed 7/24/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

HR 1932
Farm Program Integrity Act of 2013
Description:

Amends the Food Security Act of 1985 to establish a per farm cap of $50,000 on commodity program benefits and $75,000 on marketing loan program benefits. 

Status: Introduced 5/9/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

HR 1947
Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013
Description:

Would provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2018.

Status: Introduced 5/13/2013; Died in Chamber
Failed

HR 2393
Country of Origin Labeling Amendments Act of 2015
Description:

Would amend the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to repeal country of origin labeling requirements for beef, pork, and chicken. 

Status: Introduced 5/18/2015; Died
Failed

HR 2498
Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013
Description:

Would reauthorize agricultural programs through 2018.

Status: Introduced 6/25/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

HR 2858
Humane Cosmetics Act
Description:

This bill prohibits testing cosmetics on animals. 

Status: Introduced 6/23/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

HR 2966
American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011
Description:

Amends the Horse Protection Act to prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption.

Status: Introduced 9/19/2011; Died in Committee
Failed

HR 3147
Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2013
Description:

Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) to deem misbranded any food intended for human consumption, offered for sale, and otherwise required to bear nutrition labeling, unless its principal display panel bears summary nutrition information reflecting the overall nutritional value of the food or specified ingredients, and does not contain any summary nutritional information in addition to or inconsistent with the information required by such Act.

Status: Introduced 9/18/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

HR 3270
Farm Animal and Research Facilities Protection Act of 1989
Description:

Would prohibit a person, without the consent of the owner from aquiring control over an animal facility, an animal from an animal facility, or other property from an animal facility, with the intent to deprive the owner of such facility, animal, or property and to disrupt or damage the enterprise conducted at the animal facility; damaging or destroying an animal facility or any animal or property in or on an animal facility.

Status: Introduced 9/13/1989; Died in Committee
Failed

HR 3704
Downed Animal and Food Safety Protection Act
Description:

Amends the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act of 1958 to direct the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) to promulgate regulations providing for the humane treatment, handling, and disposition of nonambulatory livestock by specified entities, including a requirement that nonambulatory livestock be humanely euthanized.

Status: Introduced 12/6/2011; Died in Committee
Failed

HR 3798
Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012
Description:

Would provide for a uniform national standard for the housing and treatment of egg-laying hens. 

Status: Introduced 1/23/2012; Died in Committee
Failed

HR 4733
Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act
Description:

Would prohibit a federal agency from purchasing any food product derived from a gestating sow, a calf raised for veal, or an egg-laying hen used or intended for use in food production unless that animal, during the entire period covered by that definition, was provided adequate space to stand up, lie down, turn around freely, and fully extend all limbs.

Status: Introduced 3/2/2010; Died in Committee
Failed

HR 5542
Farm Protection Act of 2014
Description:

Amends the Agricultural Act of 2014 to require the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) to extend: (1) the term and any due date of a marketing assistance loan, and (2) the due date for repayment of farm ownership, operating, or emergency loans. Requires the extensions in cases where a farmer has sold, transferred, or delivered the commodity subject to the loan to a purchaser who has filed for bankruptcy prior to payment. Provides that the extensions shall last until after the bankruptcy case is closed or dismissed. Suspends the accrual of interest on the loans during the extension period.

Status: Introduced 9/18/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

HR 6342
Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act
Description:

Would amend the Animal Welfare Act to restrict the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling performances.

Status: Introduced 11/7/2016; Died in Committee
Failed

HR 687
Protect Interstate Commerce Act
Description:

Would prohibit a state or local government from imposing a standard or condition on the production or manufacture of agricultural products sold or offered for sale in interstate commerce if: (1) the production or manufacture occurs in another state, and (2) the standard or condition adds to standards or conditions applicable under federal law and the laws of the state or locality in which the production or manufacture occurs.

Status: Introduced 2/3/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

HR 746
AWARE Act
Description:

This bill amends the Animal Welfare Act to apply standards for humane treatment to farm animals at federal research or laboratory animal facilities.

Status: Introduced 2/4/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

HR 820
Delivering Antimicrobial Transparency in Animals Act of 2013
Description:

Requires live poultry dealers, swine contractors, or feed lot operators who purchase, contract, or manufacture animal feed in final formulation bearing or containing a new animal drug with an antimicrobial active ingredient to report annually to the Secretary information about such ingredient by food-producing animal for which the new animal drug is approved and, if applicable, by production class of the animal.

Status: Introduced 2/26/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

HR 965
Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2011
Description:

Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to deny an application for a new animal drug that is a critical antimicrobial animal drug unless the applicant demonstrates that there is a reasonably certainty of no harm to human health due to the development of antimicrobial resistance attributable to the nontherapeutic use of the drug. 

Status: Introduced 3/9/2011; Died in Committee
Failed

S 1343
Farmer Identity Protection Act
Description:

Prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), or any EPA contractor or cooperator, from disclosing the information of any owner, operator, or employee of a livestock operation provided to EPA by a livestock producer or a state agency in accordance with the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act) or any other law, including: (1) names; (2) telephone numbers; (3) e-mail addresses; (4) physical addresses; (5) global positioning system coordinates; or (6) other information regarding the location of the owner, operator, livestock, or employee.

Status: Introduced 7/23/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

S 2421
Food for Peace Reform Act of 2014
Description:

Would establish the Food for Peace program in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. 

Status: Introduced 6/3/2014; Died in Committee
Failed

SB 287
Safe Food Act of 2015
Description:

This bill establishes the Food Safety Administration (FSA) as an independent agency to administer and enforce food safety laws. 

Status: Introduced 1/28/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

SB 511
Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act
Description:

This bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to prohibit the sale of food that has been genetically engineered or contains genetically engineered ingredients, unless that information is clearly disclosed.

Status: Introduced 2/12/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

SB 621
Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act of 2015
Description:

This bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require the Food and Drug Administration to refuse a new animal drug application if the drug is a medically important antimicrobial (used to treat humans) and the applicant fails to demonstrate that the drug meets specified criteria for use in animals.

Status: Introduced 3/2/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

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DE Legislation

FAILED

HB 338
Relating To Raw Milk
Description:

Would legalize the sale of unpasteurized, raw milk directly to a final consumer, so long as the final consumer enters into a written contract conveying an ownership interest in the animal or herd from which the raw milk is produced.

Status: Introduced 5/14/2014; Died in Committee
Failed

SCR 44
Establishing An Animal Welfare Task Force
Description:

Would establish an Animal Welfare Task Force to consider and evaluate the state of animal welfare in Delaware, including the resources devoted to animal welfare services and whether consolidation, collaboration, or reorganization can lead to more effective use of limited resources.

Status: Engrossed 6/19/2012; Died in Chamber
Failed

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FL Legislation

PASSED

Amend. 10
HSUS Ballot Initiative: Gestating Sows
Description:

Would prohibit a person from confining a gestating sow in an enclosure in a manner that prevents the animal from turning around freely. Ballot passed with 55 percent of the vote on 11/5/2002.

Status: Effective 11/5/2008
Passed
Pass Date: 11/5/2002

HB 765
Ivonne Rodriguez and Victoria McCullough Horse Protection Act
Description:

It would be unlawful to knowingly transport, distribute, sell, purchase, or possess horsemeat for human consumption which is not clearly stamped, marked, and described as horsemeat for human consumption or horsemeat that is not acquired from a licensed slaughterhouse.

Passed
Pass Date: 5/4/2010

FAILED

SB 1246
Description:

Would prohibit a person from entering onto a farm and making any audio record, photograph, or video record at the farm without the owner’s written consent.

Status: Engrossed 5/6/2011; Died in Chamber
Failed

SB 1728
Genetically Engineered Foods
Description:

Would require foods produced with genetic engineering to be labeled by January 1, 2014 and would require the Department of Agriculture to compile and publish a list of raw agricultural commodities that are cultivated commercially in genetically engineered form. 

Status: 5/3/2013
Failed

SB 416
Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods
Description:

Beginning January 1, 2017, would require any package offered for retail sale containing processed food that is made with or derived from any genetically engineered ingredient or that is procuded from a source that contains recombinant bovine growth hormone to be labeled as "contains genetically engineered ingredients."

Status: Failed 5/1/2015
Failed

SB 558
Genetically Engineered Food
Description:

Would require foods produced with genetic engineering to be labeled by January 1, 2016 and would require the Department of Agriculture to compile and publish a list of raw agricultural commodities that are cultivated commercially in genetically engineered form. 

Status: Failed 5/2/2014
Failed

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GA Legislation

PASSED

HB 529
Description:

Would prohibit any county, municipality, consolidated government, or other political subdivision in the state to adopt or enforce any ordinance, rule, regulation, or resolution regulating crop management or animal husbandry practices.

Passed
Pass Date: 5/1/2009

FAILED

HB 692
Description:

Would prohibit transport of any animal in the bed of a truck without a minimum of 46” tall rails, unless animal is cross-tethered or enclosed. Exempts the transportation of livestock.

Status: Introduced 3/9/2009; Died in Committee
Failed

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HI Legislation

PASSED

SB 593
Description:

Would expand livestock feed subsidies to include milking goats, goats raised for meat, sheep, lambs, fish, and crustaceans.

Passed
Pass Date: 7/2/2013

SB 757
Future Farmers of America Program
Description:

Would appropriate funds to the Department of Education to operate and implement the Future Farmers of America program.

Passed
Pass Date: 7/2/2013

FAILED

HB 1170
Description:

Would criminalize the consumption of or trafficking in dog, cat or equine animal meat for the purpose of human consumption.

Status: Introduced 1/26/2011; Died in Chamber
Failed

HB 174
Genetically Engineered Organisms
Description:

Would require food produced with genetic engineering to be labeled. 

Status: Engrossed 3/5/2013; Died in Chamber
Failed

HB 505
Description:

Would establish an Agricultural Development and Food Security Program. Establishes state planning objectives to increase demand and access to locally grown foods.

Status: Introduced 1/26/2015; Died in Chamber
Failed

HB 686
Genetically Engineered Fish
Description:

Would prohibit propagating, cultivating, or farming genetically engineered fish in state marine waters.

Status: Introduced 1/26/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

HB 687
Description:

Would authorize counties to regulate genetically engineered organisms and pesticide use to the extent that the regulations are more stringent than state or federal laws.

Status: Introduced 1/26/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

HB 77
Foie Gras; Prohibition
Description:

Would make it unlawful for any person to possess, sell, offer for sale, trade, or distribute foie gras.

Status: Introduced 1/20/2011; Died in Chamber
Failed

HB 823
Agricultural Theft Pilot Project
Description:

Would establish a two-year Agricultural Theft Pilot Project in the Department of Agriculture to focus on investigating and prosecuting agricultural theft or agricultural vandalism in the County of Hawaii. 

Status: Enrolled 4/14/2015; Died in Chamber
Failed

SB 1199
Agricultural Theft Pilot Project
Description:

Would establish a two-year agricultural theft pilot project to investigate the effectiveness of a dedicated enforcement officer focused specifically on prosecuting agricultural theft and agricultural vandalism in the county of Hawaii.

Status: Introduced 1/28/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

SB 131
Genetically Engineered Material
Description:

Would require food produced with genetic engineering to be labeled by January 1, 2016. 

Status: Introduced 1/22/2015; Died in Chamber
Failed

SB 1321
Genetically Engineered Food; Labeling
Description:

Would require all genetically engineered food to be labeled with a disclosure stating that it is "Produced with Genetic Engineering."

Status: Introduced 1/29/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

SB 2137
On-farm Mentoring
Description:

Would establish an on-farm mentoring program to teach and train farmers to utilize a whole farm system approach to agriculture. Makes an appropriation to the department of agriculture to support existing on-farm mentoring programs and for a pilot on-farm mentoring program in Maui.

Status: Engrossed 3/8/2016; Died in Committee
Failed

SB 699
Aircraft; Transfer of Animals
Description:

Would establish food, water, cargo hold temperature, cargo transfer, and certification requirements for air transport of live animals.

Status: Introduced 1/18/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

SB 874
Genetically Engineered Seeds and Plant Parts
Description:

Would prohibit the planting of a genetically engineered seed or plant part in an open field. Allows the chairperson of the board of agriculture to grant an exception where such planting is done in a controlled environment.

Status: Introduced 1/23/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

SB 985
Right to Farm
Description:

Guarantees the rights of farmers and ranchers to engage in farming and ranching practices.

Status: Introduced 1/28/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

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ID Legislation

PASSED

HB 113
Idaho Agritourism Promotion Act
Description:

Would make an agritourism professional not liable for injury or death of a participant resulting from the inherent risks of agritourism activities, as long as a warning sign is placed in a clearly visible location at the entrance to the agritourism location and at the site of the agritourism activity.

Status: Effective 7/1/2013
Passed
Pass Date: 3/29/2013

HB 210
Description:

Would deem that no agricultural operation, agricutural facility or expansion thereof shall be or become a nuisance, private or public, by any changed conditions in or about the surrounding nonagricultural activities after it has been in operation for more than one year, when the operation, facility or expansion was not a nuisance at the time it began or was constructed. 

Passed
Pass Date: 4/6/2011

HB 270
Description:

Requires that the Idaho State Department of Agriculture notify the public and Legislature when proposing a rule that is more stringent or broader in scope than federal law or regulation or when proposing to regulate an activity not regulated by the federal government. 

Passed
Pass Date: 4/6/2011

SB 1144
Description:

Clarifies the role of local law enforcement agencies and the Idaho State Department of Agriculture in responding to animal care complaints by specifying that the department is responsible for production animals while local law enforecment be responsible for companion animals. 

Passed
Pass Date: 4/11/2011

SB 1260
Description:

Would allow the director of the department of agriculture through the division of animal industries to regulate beef cattle animal feeding operations to protect state natural resources, including surface water and ground water. 

Passed
Pass Date: 3/22/2016

SB 1316
Description:

Would amend exisiting law relating to animals to provide that specified law shall not be construed as interfering with or allowing interference with the humane slaughter or equines and normal or accepted practices of animal identification and animal husbandry as established by, but not limited to, guidelines developed and approved by the appropriate national or state commodity organizations.

Passed
Pass Date: 3/18/2010

FAILED

HB 64
Description:

Would amend to include fish and other aquatic animals as production animals if they are owned for the express purpose of producing food or fiber. 

Status: Introduced 1/28/2013; Died in Chamber
Failed

SB 1331
Idaho Livestock Care Standards Board
Description:

Would add to exisiting law to provide for the Idaho Livestock Care Standards Board to establish standards governing the care and well-being of livestock and poultry in the state. 

Status: Engrossed 3/1/2010; Died in Chamber
Failed

SB 1337
Interference with Agricultural Production
Description:

Would make a person guilty of interference with agricultural produciton if the person:

  1. Is not employed by the facility and enters by force, threat, misrepresentation or trespass.
  2. Obtains employment by force, threat or misrepresentation with the intent to cause economic or other injury to the facility's operations, livestock, crops, personnel, equipment, buildings or premises.
  3. Enters without the consent of the owner and makes audio or video recordings.
  4. Intentionally causes physical damage or injury to the agricultural production facility's operations, livestock, crops, personnel, equipment, buildings or premises.

Passed 2/24/2014, but then ruled unconstitutional.

Status: Judge ruled unconstitutional 8/3/2015
Failed

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IL Legislation

PASSED

SB 1470
Amends the Meat and Poultry Inspection Act
Description:

Would provide that any establishment subject to inspection under the Act that believes, or has reason to believe, that an adulterated or misbranded meat or meat food product received by or originating from the establishment has entered into commerce shall promptly notify the Director of Agriculture. 

Passed
Pass Date: 12/27/2013

SB 3604
Advisory Board of Livestock
Description:

Would establish an Advisory Board of Livestock Commissioners with 25 people who are interested in the well-being of domestic animals and poultry and in the prevention, elimination and control of diseases affecting them.

Passed
Pass Date: 7/12/2010

FAILED

HB 133
Labeling Seafood
Description:

Would require that fresh and frozen fish be labeled with the species of fish, whether it is farm raised or wild caught, whether it was caught domestically or imported, and the country of origin.

Status: Introduced 1/14/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

HB 1697
Bovine Tail Docking
Description:

Would prohibit the tail docking of any bovine.

Status: Failed 1/8/2013
Failed

HB 3085
Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods Act
Description:

Would require foods produced with genetic engineering to be labeled. 

Status: Failed 12/3/2014
Failed

HB 5143
Amends the Animal Research and Production Facilities Protection Act
Description:

Would create the offense of animal facility interference for creating or possessing, without the consent of the owner, a visual or sound recording made at the animal facility, which reproduces a visual or audio experience occuring at the facility. 

 

Status: Introduced 2/8/2012; Died in Chamber
Failed

HB 583
Amends the Illinois Horse Meat Act
Description:

Would repeal a provision that prohibits the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

Status: Introduced 2/5/2009; Died in Committee
Failed

SB 1337
Amends the Humane Care for Animals Act
Description:

Would prohibit a person from confining any a gestating pig, veal calf or egg-laying hen, on a farm, for all or the majority of any day, in a manner that prevents the animal from lying down, standing up, and fully extending its limbs or turning around freely.

Status: Introduced 2/10/2009; Died in Committee
Failed

SB 139
Description:

Would provide that unless performed by a licensed veterinarian for a medical reason, tail docking and ear cropping constitutes “animal torture”.

Status: Introduced 1/30/2009; Died in Committee
Failed

SB 1532
Amends the Humane Care for Animals Act
Description:

Would provide that if the Department of Agriculture determines that a complaint made under the Act against a person or entity is false or unfounded and made with the intent to harass the person or entity, the Department may waive any confidentiality of the complainant and refer the matter to the State's Attorney for consideration of criminal charges against the complainant.

Status: Failed 1/13/2015
Failed

SB 1666
Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Act
Description:

Would create the Genetically Enginerred Food Labeling Act that would require food produced with genetic engineering to be labeled. 

Status: Failed 1/13/2015
Failed

SB 734
Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Act
Description:

Would create the Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Act that would require food produced with genetic engineering to be labeled.

Status: Introduced 2/3/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

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IN Legislation

PENDING

HB 1494
Description:

Replaces the current prohibition against starting construction or expansion of a confined feeding operation without the prior approval of the department of environmental management (IDEM).

Status: Engrossed 2/28/2017
Pending

PASSED

HB 1091
Description:

Provides that if a court finds that the prosecution or defense of a nuisance action brought against an agricultural operation was frivolous, the court shall award court costs and reasonable attorney's fees to the prevailing party. 

Passed
Pass Date: 3/15/2012

HB 1099
Standards for livestock and poultry care
Description:

Would allow the board of animal health to assist organizations that represent poultry producers with issues related to poultry and allow the board to adopt rules to establish standards governing the care of livestock and poultry.

Passed
Pass Date: 3/25/2010

SB 101
Agricultural operations and trespass
Description:

Adds causing property damage to an agricultural operation to the existing crime of institutional criminal mischief. Provides that a person commits criminal trespass if, without the owner's permission, the person enters: (1) that portion of an agricultural operation that is used for production; or (2) any part of the real property of an agricultural operation and causes property damage.

Passed
Pass Date: 3/14/2014

FAILED

HB 1196
Genetically engineered food
Description:

Would require food produced with genetic engineering be labeled by July 1, 2014. 

Status: Introduced 1/10/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

HB 1200
Description:

Would prohibit the impairment of traditional or modern farming and livestock production practices.


Status: Introduced 1/14/2014; Died in Committee
Failed

HB 1404
Confined feeding financial ability requirements
Description:

Would prohibit, after December 31, 2014, a person from starting the contruction of a concentrated animal feeding operation or an expansion of a CAFO that would increase animal capacity or manure containment capacity without obtaining the prior approval of the department of environmental management.

Status: Introduced 1/16/2014; Died in Committee
Failed

HB 1460
Genetically engineered food
Description:

Would require food produced with genetic engineering to be labeled by July 1, 2016. 

Status: Introduced 1/14/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

HJR 5
Right to ranch and farm
Description:

Guarantees the right of Indiana citizens to engage in traditional and modern farming and ranching practices. Provides that no law shall be enacted that abridges the right of Indiana citizens to employ traditional or modern agricultural technology, animal production, or ranching practices.

Status: Introduced 1/10/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

SB 184
Unlawful recording of agricultural operations
Description:

Would make it unlawful for a person to (1) enter real property that is owned by another person and on which agricultural operations are being conducted; and (2) take a photograph of or make a video recording or motion picture of the real property, structures located on the real property, or the agricultural operations being conducted on the real property; without the written consent of the owner of the real property or an authorized representative of the owner.

Status: Introduced 1/4/2012; Died in Committee
Failed

SB 373
Criminal trespass and application fraud
Description:

Would prohibit a person from knowingly or intentionally submitting an application to a prospective employer to secure employment and making a false statement about a material fact or concealing a material fact in the application in order to secure employment.

Status: Enrolled 4/15/2013; Died in Chamber
Failed

SB 391
Crimes concerning agriculture and livestock
Description:

Would prohibit a person from entering real property that is owned by another person and on which agricultural operations are being conducted; and take a photograph of or make a video recording or motion picture of the real property, structures located on the real property, or the agricultural operations being conducted on the real property; without the written consent of the owner of the real property or an authorized representative of the owner. Requires the board of animal health to establish a registry of persons convicted of crimes concerning agricultural operations and livestock. 

Status: Introduced 1/10/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

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IA Legislation

PENDING

HB 456
Description:

Authorizes counties to adopt county legislation relating to the siting of confinement feeding operations.

Status: Introduced 2/28/2017
Pending

HB 468
Description:

Provides for certain court actions regarding allegations of a public or private nuisance or the interference with a person's comfortable use and enjoyment of life or property caused by an animal feeding operation, providing for the award of damages, costs, and expenses, and including effective date provisions.

Status: Introduced 2/28/2017
Pending

PASSED

HF 589
Agricultural Production Facility Fraud
Description:

Would make it a crime for any person to obtain access to an agricultural production facility under false pretenses; and to make a false statement or representation as part of an application to be employed at an agricultural production facility, if the person knows the statement is false, and makes the statement with the intent to commit an act not authorized by the owner of the agricultural facility, knowing that the act is not authorized. 

Passed
Pass Date: 3/2/2012

SF 2172
Relating to management of swine
Description:

A bill for an act relating to management of swine, including by providing for biosecurity and development in a farrowing and gestating operation which is part of a confinement feeding operation. 

Passed
Pass Date: 3/20/2012

SF 447
The Responsible Farm Protection Bill
Description:

Would establish a new section in Iowa Code to provide nuisance protection to responsible livestock farmers. The nuisance protection would apply to both confinement feeding operations and open feedlot operations. To qualify for the nuisance protection, a livestock farmer must comply with state and federal law and use existing prudent and generally utilized management practices reasonable for the operation.

Passed
Pass Date: 3/29/2017

FAILED

HF 28
Siting of confinement feeding operations
Description:

Would allow counties to adopt legislation relating to the siting of confinement feeding operations so the county may approve or disapprove the location of any construction, including expansion of a confinement feeding operation within the county. 

Status: Introduced 1/12/2011; Died in Committee
Failed

SF 194
Consumer Labeling Information for Food Act
Description:

Would require food produced with genetic engineering to be labeled. 

Status: Introduced 2/13/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

SF 431
Animal Facility Interference and Fraud
Description:

Would prohibit a person from producing a record which reproduces an image or sound occuring at the animal facility. Would prohibit a person from obtaining access to the animal facility by false pretenses. 

Status: Introduced 3/7/2011; Died in Chamber
Failed

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KS Legislation

PASSED

47-1825
Farm Animal and Field Crop and Research Facilities Protection Act
Description:

Under the act, no person shall, without the effective consent of the owner and with the intent to damage the enterprise conducted at the animal facility, damage or destroy an animal facility or any animal or property in or on an animal facility. A person is also prohibited from exercising control over an animal or property. The act makes it illegal for a person to enter an animal facility that is not open to the public to take pictures or video.

Passed
Pass Date: 1991

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KY Legislation

PASSED

HB 398
Description:

Would establish the Kentucky Equine Health and Welfare Board.

Passed
Pass Date: 4/12/2010

FAILED

HB 277
Animal Care Advisory Board
Description:

Would change the name of the Animal Control Advisory Board to the Animal Care Advisory Board and authorize the board to establish standards for the humane care of animals in publicly funded animal shelters and make policy recommendations on animal welfare and upgrade of animal shelters to the General Assembly.

Status: Introduced 2/1/2011; Died in Committee
Failed

HB 347
An act relating to veterinarians
Description:

Would provide that veterinarians who report suspected animal cruelty cases are not in violation of client/patient confidentiality requirements.

Status: Introduced 2/4/2011; Died in Committee
Failed

HB 364
Description:

Would prohibit animal shelters from conducting euthanasia by gas chamber.


Status: Introduced 2/13/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

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LA Legislation

PASSED

HB 633
Preventing the spread of disease
Description:

Would prohibit for anyone to knowingly bring into the state or to transport through this state or to move within this state any adulterated meat or diseased livestock or animals without the express written approval of the commissioner of agriculture and forestry.

Passed
Pass Date: 6/5/2013

HB 761
Urban agriculture incentive zone
Description:

Would establish an urban agriculture incentive zone. 

Status: Effective 8/1/2015
Passed
Pass Date: 7/1/2015

SB 178
Provides relative to meat and poultry inspection
Description:

Would not require inspection of the slaughter of animals and the preparation of carcasses, meat and meat food products if the products are sold and transported directly to the consumer by the retail store, restaurant, or similar retail type establishment's employees or a common carrier, provided there is no intervening transfer or storage.

Status: Effective 6/29/2015
Passed
Pass Date: 6/29/2015

SB 36
Louisiana Board of Animal Health
Description:

Would allow the Louisiana Board of Animal Health to adopt rules and regulations establishing standards governing the care and well-being of bovine, equine, ovine, caprine, porcine and poultry and to prohibit local ordinances, laws, subdivision restrictions or regulations establishing standards applicable to the care and well-being of such animals. 

Passed
Pass Date: 6/8/2010

FAILED

HB 828
Description:

Would require any food containing the product of a cloned animal to be labeled as such.

Status: Introduced 3/10/2014; Died in Committee
Failed

SB 238
Provides relative to the sale of raw milk by a farmer to a consumer
Description:

Would authorize sale of raw milk for human consumption and require a label that states "Raw Milk: This product is fresh whole milk that has NOT been pasteurized." Would also require information describing the standards used by the farm or dairy with respect to the production of raw goat milk or whole milk to be provided to the consumer by the farmer, together with the results of tests performed on the milk and the animals that produced the milk, and an explanation of the tests and test results. 

Status: Introduced 4/3/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

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ME Legislation

FAILED

LD 1446
Confidentiality of Information in the Animal Welfare Laws
Description:

This bill provides that the names of and identifying information about persons who have contracted with or been hired by an entity for the purpose of filming or recording business operations of another entity to provide information pertaining to criminal or civil cruelty to animals to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry may be made public.

Status: Failed 6/7/2017
Failed

LD 245
Description:

This bill repeals the provisions of law that establish an affirmative defense for certain violations under the animal welfare laws that the animal is kept as part of an agricultural operation and in compliance with best management practices for animal husbandry as determined by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

Status: Failed 4/25/2017
Failed

LD 97
Description:

Would provide that the Legislature may not make a change to a measure initiated and approved by vote of the people for 8 years after that measure takes effect if that change is contrary to the general intent of that measure. Supported by HSUS. 

Status: Failed 3/30/2011
Failed

LD 991
Amend Maine's Genetically Modified Food Products Labeling Law
Description:

It extends by 4 years, from 2018 to 2022, the date before which 5 contiguous states, including Maine, have to adopt mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food in order for Maine's law to go into effect. If that contingency is not met, Maine's law is repealed.

Status: Failed 4/29/2015
Failed

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MD Legislation

PASSED

SB 142
Secretary of Agriculture - Farm Food Safety
Description:

Would authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a farm quarantine for a specified purpose on a farm infected or infested with a pathogen. 

Passed
Pass Date: 4/10/2012

SB 422
Keep Antibiotics Effective Act of 2017
Description:

Will prohibit farmers and ranchers from giving antibiotics to their livestock or poultry without an antimicrobial prescription or a VFD issued by a veterinarian (which is already required under the FDA guidance 213 and the Veterinary Feed Directive) and require the farmer to submit a copy of the prescription or VFD to the State Department of Agriculture.

Passed
Pass Date: 5/27/2017

FAILED

HB 1075
Agriculture - Antibiotic Drug Usage - Food-Producing Animals
Description:

Would prohibit adminstration of an antibiotic to a food-producing animal under specified circumstances; requiring the State Department of Agriculture to establish by regulation a certain program; requiring the regulations adopted by the Department to include certain provisions; defining a certain term; and generally relating to antibiotic drug usage in food–producing animals.

Status: Introduced 2/13/2015; Died in Chamber
Failed

HB 599
Poultry Litter Management Act
Description:

Would require a specified integrator to place poultry only at a contract operation that maintains a specified nutrient management plan that the contract grower represents has been fully implemented. 

Status: Introduced 2/3/2016; Died in Committee
Failed

HB 903
Genetically Engineered Food - Disclosure and Labeling Requirements
Description:

Would establish that specified foods offered for retail sale in the State produced with genetic engineering are misbranded if specified disclosure or labeling requirements are not met.

Status: Introduced 2/7/2013; Died in Chamber
Failed

SB 254
Maryland Livestock and Poultry Care Advisory Board
Description:

Would establish the Maryland Livestock and Poultry Care Advisory Board. The Board would compile and review science-based standards that have been adopted by the agricultural industry, develop and maintain standards for educational purposes to aid producers and local animal welfare officers and to make recommendations to the secretary of agriculture for publication and dissemination of generally accepted standards that consider agricultural best management practices for animal care and well-being, herd health and safe, affordable healthy food supplies for consumers. 

Status: Introduced 1/28/2011; Died in Chamber
Failed

SB 521
Agriculture - Meat and Poultry - Antibiotic Use - Labeling
Description:

Would require specified meat and poultry derived from animals that are raised, processed, and sold in the State to bear a label identifying each antibiotic that was fed or administered to the animal while being raised in the State.

Status: Introduced 1/31/2013; Died in Chamber
Failed

SB 607
Agriculture - Cattle, Swine, and Poultry - Use of Antimicrobial Drugs
Description:

Prohibiting a specified owner of cattle, swine, or poultry from administering or authorizing an agent to administer specified antimicrobial drugs in specified cattle, swine, and poultry without a prescription or veterinary feed directive issued by a licensed veterinarian in accordance with specified conditions.

Status: Introduced 2/5/2016; Died in Committee
Failed

SB 725
Chesapeake Bay - Nutrient Management - Poultry Fair Share Act
Description:

Would establish a specified chicken manure pollution fee payable to the Comptroller by the poultry integrator.

Status: Introduced 1/31/2014; Died in Committee
Failed

SB 761
Farmers' Rights Act
Description:

Would require a production contract to include a clear written statement of setting forth the nature of the material risks faced by a producer if the producer enters into the contract.

Status: Introduced 2/5/2016; Died in Committee
Failed

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MA Legislation

PENDING

HB 441
To promote the care and well-being of livestock
Description:

Would establish a Livestock Care and Standards Board to advise the Commissioner of Agriculture on appropriate actions to be taken to help ensure the humane keeping and treatment of livestock, and the viability of farms adn related businesses involved in the rearing and keeping of livestock.

Status: Introduced 1/23/2017
Pending

PASSED

Q3
HSUS Ballot Initiative
Description:

The initiative, backed by the Humane Society of the United States, would require Massachusetts' farms and businesses to produce and sell only eggs from cage-free hens, pork from pigs not raised in or born of a sow raised in conventional housing, and would also apply to veal housing.

Passed
Pass Date: 11/8/2016

FAILED

HB 2037
To establish guidelines for genetically engineered food
Description:

Would require food produced with genetic engineering sold in the state to be labeled. 

Status: Introduced 1/22/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

HB 753
Description:

Would establish a livestock care and standards board to to advise the Commissioner of Agriculture on appropriate actions to be taken by the Commissioner to help ensure the humane keeping and treatment of livestock, and the viability of farms and related businesses involved in the rearing and keeping of livestock.

Status: Introduced 1/23/2013; Died in Chamber
Failed

SB 2232
Description:

Would prohibit the confinement of a gestating sow or veal calf in an enclosure in a manner that prevents the animal from turning around freely, lying down, standing up and fully extending its limbs. 

Status: Introduced 6/30/2014; Died in Chamber
Failed

SB 786
Description:

Would prohibit the confinement of a gestating sow, veal calf or egg-laying hen in an enclosure in a manner that prevents the animal form turning around freely, lying down, stainding up and fully extending its limbs.

Status: Introduced 1/24/2011; Died in Committee
Failed

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MI Legislation

FAILED

HB 5128
Animal Industry Act
Description:

Would create an animal care advisory council within the Michigan Department of Agriculture to review the on-farm certification program for animal care standards based on sound scientific principles, consider and change species-specific science-based animal care standards and implementation guidelines that consider changes or developments in the existing national standards and develop a process for the certification of third-party auditors by the department. 

Status: Introduced 6/23/2009; Died in Chamber
Failed

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MN Legislation

PENDING

SF 1357
Description:

Would prohibt euthanasia of pet and companion animals with nonanesthetic gas. Although companion animal focused, could set a precident for animal agriculture. 

Status: Introduced 2/23/2017
Pending

SF 901
Farmer-Neighbor Mediation Act
Description:

Modifying the nuisance liability protection for certain agricultural operations, establishing the farmer-neighbor mediation program, requiring mediation for certain disputes with farming operations before it is brought to court.

Status: Introduced 2/13/2017
Pending

FAILED

HF 1593
Description:

Would provide that chickens or other poultry or pigs that have been fed with feed containing roxarsone or any other additive that contains arsenic must not be sold or purchased live or in processed form in Minnesota for any use including sale in retail stores and use in restaurants or fast food establishments.

Status: Introduced 4/27/2011; Died in Committee
Failed

HF 2295
Appropriating money for avian influenza payments
Description:

Would provide that $2,000,000 in fiscal year 2015 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of agriculture for grants to the primary owner of each commercial poultry production premises where birds were depopulated after the United States Department of Agriculture confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza.

Status: Introduced 5/4/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

SF 1118
Description:

Would make a person guilty of animal facility interference if the person records video or sound at the facility and would make a person guilty of animal facility fraud if the person obtains access to the facility under false pretenses. 

Status: Introduced 4/7/2011; Died in Committee
Failed

SF 3212
Prohibition on use of medically important antibiotics in animal feed
Description:

After January 1, 2011, a person may not sell, buy, or use animal feed for a nontherapeutic use that contains medically important antibiotics used in human medicine.

Status: Introduced 3/11/2010; Died in Chamber
Failed

SF 335 / HF 351
Genetically engineered food labeling regulations
Description:

Would require foods produced with genetic engineering be labeled. 

Status: Introduced 1/26/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

SF 821
Description:

Would require foods produced with genetic engineering be labeled.

Status: Introduced 2/28/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

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MS Legislation

There is no current pending, passed or failed legislation for MS.

MO Legislation

PASSED

Right to Farm Ballot
Right to Farm
Description:

Would guarantee the rights of Missourians to engage in farming and ranching practices. The ballot passed with 50 percent of the vote.

Passed
Pass Date: 8/5/2014

SB 695
Description:

Under the act, employees of animal agricultural operations who videotape what they suspect is animal abuse must provide the recording to a law enforcement agency within 24 hours and any such recordings must not be edited in any way.

Status: Effective 8/28/2012
Passed

FAILED

HB 1204
Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act
Description:

No person, entity, or state agency shall use a drone or other unmanned aircraft to conduct surveillance or observation of any individual, property owned by an individual, farm, or agricultural industry without the consent of that individual, property owner, farm, or agricultural industry except to the extent authorized in a warrant.

Status: Engrossed 3/24/2014; Died in Chamber
Failed

HB 2088
Farm-to-School Act
Description:

Would connect Missouri schools and farmers in order to provide locally grown food to schools. 


Status: Introduced 3/5/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

HB 2604
Description:

Prohibits animal rights charitable organizations from soliciting contributions intended for use outside the state or for political purposes.

Status: Introduced 2/22/2016; Died in Committee
Failed

HJR 11
Description:

Proposes a constitutional amendment affirming the right of farmers and ranchers to engage in modern farming and ranching practices.

Status: Enrolled 5/14/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

SB 139
Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act of 2015
Description:

Would establish the Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act of 2015 to enhance and improve Missouri's dairy and dairy processing industries. 

Status: Introduced 1/7/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

SB 533
Description:

Would require all genetically modified meat and fish raised and sold in Missouri to be labeled as genetically modified.

Status: Introduced 1/8/2014; Died in Committee
Failed

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MT Legislation

PASSED

81-30-1
Farm Animal and Research Facility Protection Act
Description:

Would prohibit a person who does not have the effective consent of the owner from entering an animal facility to take pictures by photograph, video camera, or other means with the intent to commit criminal defamation.

Passed
Pass Date: 1991

HB 439
Require recording of board of livestock meetings
Description:

Would require the Board of Livestock to audio record and may video record all board meetings and the board shall make the audio or video recording available online in real time when possible and shall make meeting recordings publicly available on the board's website within 2 business days of the meeting date.

Passed
Pass Date: 4/15/2015

FAILED

SB 285
Generally revise laws relating to reporting of animal cruelty and abuse
Description:

Would require an individual who witnesses evidence of animal cruelty at an animal facility to report the evidence within 24 hours to a local humane officer.

Status: Introduced 2/6/2015; Died in Chamber
Failed

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NE Legislation

PASSED

LB 176
Change the Competitive Livestock Markets Act
Description:

Would change provisions relating to contract swine operations.

Passed
Pass Date: 2/11/2016

LB 865
Livestock Animal Welfare Act
Description:

Adopt the Livestock Animal Welfare Act. 

Passed
Pass Date: 3/17/2010

FAILED

LB 1148
Description:

Would prohibit a person from confining a gestating sow in an enclosure in a manner that prevents the animal from lying down, standing up, and fully extending all limbs without touching the side of an enclosure; and turning in a complete circle without any impediment, including a tether, and without touching the side of an enclosure.

Status: Introduced 1/23/2008; Withdrawn
Failed

LB 393
Change provisions of the Livestock Animal Welfare Act
Description:

Would allow the Director of Agriculture may commission animal cruelty investigation agents who shall be licensed veterinarians who have completed training or acquired certification as specified by the director. Amends cruelly neglect to mean failure to provide livestock with care consistent with customary animal husbandry practices. 

Status: Introduced 1/16/2015; Died in Chamber
Failed

LB 915
Description:

Would prohibit any person from obtaining employment at an animal facility with the intent to disrupt the normal operations of the animal facility. 

Status: Introduced 1/10/2012; Died in Chamber
Failed

LR 378 CA
Description:

Constitutional amendment to guarantee the right to engage in certain farming and ranching practices. 

Status: Introduced 1/6/2016; Died in Chamber
Failed

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NV Legislation

There is no current pending, passed or failed legislation for NV.

NH Legislation

FAILED

HB 110
Description:

Would require persons who record cruelty to livestock to report such cruelty and submit such recordings to a law enforcement agency within 24 hours.

Status: Introduced 1/3/2013; Died in Chamber
Failed

HB 1464
Description:

Would exempt New Hampshire agricultural products produced, sold, and consumed in New Hampshire from the FDA Food Safety and Modernization Act.


Status: Introduced 12/16/2013; Died in Chamber
Failed

HB 59
Prohibiting the cruel confinement of certain farm animals
Description:

Would prohibit a farm owner or operator from knowingly confining any veal calf or gestating sow in an enclosure in a manner that prevents such animal from lying down, standing up, fully extending its limbs and turning around freely.

Status: Died 3/14/2013
Failed

HB 660
Description:

Would require the labeling of genetically engineered foods and agricultural commodities.

Status: Introduced 1/3/2013; Died in Chamber
Failed

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NJ Legislation

PENDING

AB 3899
Description:

Would prohibit a person from performing, or causing to be performed, an onychectomy (declawing) or flexor tendonectomy procedure by any means on a cat or other animal, unless the procedure is deemed necessary for a therapeutic purpose by a licensed veterinarian. 

Status: Engrossed 1/23/2017
Pending

ACR 37 / SCR 122
Description:

Expresses support for national ban of non-therapeutic use of antibiotics on livestock. It is the sponsor's hope that this resolution persuades Congress and the FDA to institute a mandatory ban on non-therapeutic uses of antibiotics in livestock, with significant oversight as to therapeutic uses as well.

Status: Introduced 1/27/2016
Pending

SB 2786
Description:

Would prohibit a person from confining a gestating sow in a manner that prevents the animal from being able to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, or fully extend its limbs.

Status: Introduced 11/14/2016
Pending

PASSED

AB 2023
Description:

Would prohibit the slaughter of horses and sale of horseflesh for human consumption.  

Passed
Pass Date: 9/19/2012

AB 2269
Ostrich, emu, rhea designated agricultured livestock
Description:

Would provide that the ostrich, emu, and rhea, shall be designated as agricultural livestock and shall be subject to the laws, rules and regulations governing the importation, care and breeding of that type of animal in the State.

Passed
Pass Date: 1/8/1998

FAILED

AB 3192
Description:

Would require food produced with genetic engineering to be labeled. 

Status: Introduced 7/30/2012; Died in Chamber
Failed

AB 3230
Description:

Would prohibit forcible feeding of ducks, geese, and other poultry for the production of foie gras.

Status: Introduced 6/1/2006; Died in Committee
Failed

AB 3250
Description:

Would prohibit a person from confining a gestating sow in an enclosure in a manner that prevents the animal from from being able to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, or fully extend its limbs.

Status: Introduced 9/24/2012; Died in Chamber
Failed

AB 3298
Office of Animal Welfare
Description:

Would establish the Office of Animal Welfare in the Department of Health and Senior Services to have responsibilities that relate to the care, housing, and shelter of animals and the protection of animals from animal cruelty. 

Status: Introduced 10/16/2008; Died in Committee
Failed

AB 3829
Description:

This bill provides that a person may hold an agriculture-related event on preserved farmland if the owner of the land first obtains a permit from the county agriculture development board to hold such an event.

Status: Introduced 10/16/2014; Died in Committee
Failed

AB 3847
Description:

Would provide for the establishment of continuing education course requirements for certified animal control officers.

Status: Introduced 10/23/2014; Died in Committee
Failed

AB 543
Permitting the sale of raw milk
Description:

Would permit the sale of raw milk by a person holding a valid raw milk permit. The bill would also require the Department of Agriculture, in consultation with the Department of Health and Senior Services, to establish a raw milk permit program.

Status: Introduced 1/14/2016; Died in Chamber
Failed

AB 552
Description:

Allows commercial farmer to recover reasonable costs and attorney fees of defending against unreasonable complaints under Right to Farm Act.

Status: Introduced 1/16/2014; Died in Chamber
Failed

AB 760
Designates bison as agricultural livestock
Description:

This bill would designate the bison (or American buffalo) as agricultural livestock, subject to regulations of the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Senior Services. Currently, these animals are considered an "exotic species," and their possession is regulated by the Division of Fish and Wildlife in the Department of Environmental Protection.

Status: Introduced 1/12/2010; Died in Committee
Failed

ACR 218 / SCR 139
Description:

This concurrent resolution memorializes the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency to not impose livestock fees associated with greenhouse gas emissions.

Status: Introduced 2/5/2009; Died in Committee
Failed

SB 1921
Description:

Would prohibit a person from confining a gestating sow in an enclosure in a manner that prevents the animal from being able to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, or fully extend its limbs.

Status: Vetoed 6/27/2013
Failed

SB 2496
Description:

Would require foods produced with genetic engineering to be labeled. 

Status: Introduced 10/16/2014; Died in Committee
Failed

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NM Legislation

PASSED

SB 72
Right To Farm & Operations As Nuisance
Description:

Would provide that any agricultural operation or agricultural facility is not, nor shall it become, a private or public nuisance by any changed condition in or about the locality of the agricultural operation or agricultural facility if the operation was not a nuisance at the time the operation began and has been in existence for more than one year.

Passed
Pass Date: 2/1/2016

FAILED

HB 459
Beef Council Assessment Opt-out
Description:

Would allow producers to elect not to participate in the council assessment through an application process.

Status: Vetoed 2/19/2017
Failed

SB 18
New Mexico Food Act
Description:

Would require food produced with genetic engineering to be labeled. 

Status: Introduced 1/15/2013; Died in Chamber
Failed

SB 221
Report livestock injuries to law enforcement
Description:

Would require a person who has made a video or digital recording to submit the recording to a law enforcement agency within 24 hours of determining or having reason to believe that it depicts injury to livestock. It is prohibited to splice, edit or otherwise alter a video or digital recording prior to its submission to a law enforcement agency.

Status: Introduced 1/22/2015; Died in Chamber
Failed

SB 348
Right To Farm & Operations As Nuisance
Description:

Would provide that any agricultural operation or agricultural facility is not, nor shall it become, a private or public nuisance by any changed condition in or about the locality of the agricultural operation or agricultural facility if the operation was not a nuisance at the time the operation began except that the provisions of this section shall not apply whenever an agricultural operation or agricultural facility is operated negligently or illegally such that the operation or facility is a nuisance.

Status: Introduced 1/22/2015; Died in Chamber
Failed

SB 398
Running at large of livestock
Description:

Would provide that upon receipt of a petition, the board of county commissioners may make an order prohibiting the running at large of livestock within the limits of the platted townsite and platted addition or within the limits of the conservancy or irrigation districts or within the limits of the military reservation or enclave, as the case may be, and shall cause the order to be published once each week for four consecutive weeks in some newspaper published in the county where the petition has been filed.

Status: Enrolled 3/16/2015; Died in Chamber
Failed

SB 552
Livestock operation interference act
Description:

States a person is guilty of livestock operation interference if the person:

  1. Without consent from the owner of a livestock operation, or the owner's agent, knowingly or intentionally records an image of, or sound from, the livestock operation by leaving a recording device on the livestock operation;
  2. Obtains access to a livestock operation under false pretenses;
  3. Applies for employment at a livestock operation with the intent to record an image of, or sound from, the livestock operation;
  4. Knows, at the time that the person accepts employment at a livestock operation, that the owner of the livestock operation prohibits the employee from recording an image of, or sound from, the livestock operation and while present on the livestock operation records an image of, or sound from, the livestock operation; or
  5. Without consent of the owner of a livestock operation or the owner's agent, knowingly or intentionally records an image of, or sound from, a livestock operation while the person is committing criminal trespass on the operation. 

Status: Introduced 2/1/2013; Died in Chamber
Failed

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NY Legislation

PENDING

AB 849
Description:

Would require poultry products treated with antibiotics containing arsenic to bear a label so indicating.

Status: Introduced 1/9/2017
Pending

SB 1844
Relates to restrictions on non-therapeutic use of antimicrobial agents
Description:

Would prohibit a person from engaging in the non-therapeutic use of antimicrobial agents in cattle, poultry, sheep, swine, or any animal raised for food, including animals that provide egg and milk. Would also prohibit a person from selling or transporting any food product derived from an animal that has been subject to non-therapeutic use of antimicrobial agents. 

Status: Introduced 1/11/2017
Pending

PASSED

Int 1233
Prohibiting the display of wild or exotic animals for public entertainment or amusement
Description:

A local law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to wild or exotic animal circus performances. This bill would prohibit the use of many wild or exotic animals in circuses.

Passed
Pass Date: 6/21/2017

FAILED

AB 1076
Description:

Would prohibit the tail docking of horses and cattle.

Status: Introduced 1/9/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

AB 1725
Provides for the humane treatment and removal of downed animals
Description:

Would provide that no slaughterhouse, stockyard, auction market agency, or dealer shall buy, sell, or receive a downed animal or products of downed animals for human consumption; No slaughterhouse, stockyard, auction market agency, or dealer shall hold a downed animal without taking immediate action to humanely euthanize  the  animal, or humanely  remove  the animal for veterinary treatment and; While in transit or on the premises of a slaughterhouse, stockyard, auction market agency, or dealer, a downed animal shall not be dragged at any time, or pushed with equipment at any time, but shall be moved with a sling or on a stoneboat or by other sled-like or wheeled conveyance.

Status: Introduced 1/11/2011; Died in Committee
Failed

AB 1843
Description:

Would require poultry products treated with antibiotics containing arsenic to bear a label so indicating. 

Status: Introduced 1/13/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

AB 2118
Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act
Description:

Would prohibit a person from confining a farm animal for all of the majority of any day in an enclosure in a manner that prevents the animal from lying down, standing up, fully extending its limbs and turning around freely. 

Status: Introduced 1/13/2011; Died in Committee
Failed

AB 3525
Description:

Would require foods produced with genetic engineering to be labeled. 

Status: Introduced 1/28/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

AB 3612
Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act
Description:

Would prohibit a person from confining a farm animal for all of the majority of any day in an enclosure in a manner that prevents the animal from lying down, standing up, fully extending its limbs and turning around freely. 

Status: Introduced 1/28/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

AB 424
Pertains to confinement of animals for food producing purposes
Description:

Would prohibit any person from confining a gestating sow, veal calf or egg-laying hen on a farm in an enclosure for all or the majority of any day in a manner that prevents the animal from lying down, standing up and fully extending its limbs and turning around freely.

Status: Introduced 1/9/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

AB 5184
Anaerobic Digesters Revolving Fund Program
Description:

Establishes the anaerobic digesters revolving fund program to provide incentives for the installation of anaerobic manure digesters on agricultural operations to convert trapped methane from manure into energy.

Status: Introduced 2/21/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

AB 7002
Relates to access to viable agricultural land for new and beginning farmers
Description:

Would amend the agriculture and markets law and the public lands law, in relation to access to viable agricultural land for new and beginning farmers.

Status: Vetoed 12/17/2014
Failed

AB 8163
Description:

This bill would phase-out pig gestation crates, veal crates and hen battery cages by 2015.

Status: Introduced 5/6/2009; Died in Committee
Failed

AB 8597
Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act
Description:

Would prohibit a person from confining any farm animal in an enclosure for all or the majority of any day in a manner that prevents the animal from lying down, standing up, fully extending its limbs and turning around freely. 

Status: Introduced 5/29/2009; Died in Committee
Failed

AB 9449
Pertains to confinement of certain animals for food producing purposes
Description:

Would prohibit a person from confining a gestating sow, veal calf and egg-laying hen on a farm for all or majority of any day in an enclosure in a manner that prevents the animal from lying down, standing up, fully extending its limbs or turning around freely.

Status: Introduced 3/1/2012; Died in Committee
Failed

SB 456
Description:

Would make it unlawful to force feed birds, by hand or machine, for the purpose of fatty enlargement of such bird's liver.

Status: Introduced 1/9/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

SB 5172
Relates to the unlawful tampering of farm animals
Description:

Would prohibit the any interference with a farm animal or farm through the injection of any unauthorized substance, the release of a farm animal, the unauthorized feeding or unauthorized video, audio recording or photography done without the farm owner's written consent.

Status: Introduced 5/3/2011; Died in Committee
Failed

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NC Legislation

PASSED

HB 366
North Carolina Farm Act of 2014
Description:

Would maintain the confidentiality of environmental investigations for agricultural operations and direct the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to adopt rules for a formal complaint procedure.

Passed
Pass Date: 8/6/2014

HB 405
Property Protection Act
Description:

The act provides that any person who intentionally gains access to the nonpublic areas of another's premises and engages in an act that exceeds the person's authority to enter those areas is liable to the owner or operator of the premises for any damages sustained.

Passed
Pass Date: 6/4/2015

HB 765
Regulatory Reform Act of 2015
Description:

Would establish an animal welfare hotline to recieve reports of allegations of animal cruelty or violations of the Animal Welfare Act. 

Passed
Pass Date: 10/22/2015

SB 513
North Carolina Farm Act of 2015
Description:

Would provide regulatory relief to the agricultural community of North Carolina by providing for various transportation and environmental reforms. 

Passed
Pass Date: 9/30/2015

SB 638
North Carolina Farm Act of 2013
Description:

Would enact the North Carolina Farm Act of 2013 to limit the liability of NC commodity producers arising from food safety issues related to their products and amend cerain egg labeling requirements. 

Passed
Pass Date: 7/17/2013

FAILED

HB 780
Study Antibiotics Fed to Livestock
Description:

Would require the Division of Public Health of the Department of Health and Human Services, with the cooperation of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, to study the use of antibiotic drugs in livestock production in the State.

Status: Introduced 4/10/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

HB 899
Local Authority/Large-Scale Chicken Farms
Description:

Would allow a county to adopt zoning regulations governing poultry farms with an animal waste management system having a design capacity of 150,000 or more confined poultry, provided that the zoning regulations may not have the effect of excluding poultry farms with an animal waste management system having a design capacity of 150,000 or more confined poultry from the entire zoning jurisdiction.

Status: Introduced 4/11/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

HB 905
Hog Lagoon Phase Out/Livestock Treatment
Description:

Would phase out traditional animal waste management systems that serve swine farms and would prohibit a farm owner or operator from confining a veal calf, egg-laying hen or gestating sow on a farm for all or the majority of any day in a manner taht prevents the animal from lying down, standing up, fully extending its limbs or turning around freely.

Status: Introduced 4/11/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

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ND Legislation

PASSED

12.1-21.1
Animal Research Facility Damage Act
Description:

Would prohibit a person to intentionally damage or destroy an animal facility, an animal or property in or on the animal facility, or any enterprise conducted at the animal facility; Acquire or otherwise exercise control over an animal facility or an animal or other property from an animal facility with the intent to deprive the owner and to damage the enterprise conducted at the facility; Enter an animal facility, not then open to the public, with intent to commit an act prohibited by this section; Enter an animal facility and remain concealed with intent to commit an act prohibited by this section; Enter an animal facility and commit or attempt to commit an act prohibited by this section; Enter an animal facility and use or attempt to use a camera, video recorder, or any other video or audio recording equipment or intentionally turn out or release any animal in or on an animal facility.

Passed
Pass Date: 1991

HB 1381
Interference with the taking of wildlife
Description:

An individual may not intentionally interfere with the lawful taking of wildlife on public or private land by another or intentionally harass, drive, or disturb any wildlife on public or private land for the purpose of disrupting a lawful hunt.

Passed
Pass Date: 3/20/2015

Measure 3
North Dakota Farming and Ranching Amendment
Description:

Would block any law which abridges the right of farmers and ranchers to employ agricultural technology, modern livestock production and ranching practices. Ballot passed with 66 percent of the vote. 

Passed
Pass Date: 11/8/2012

SCR 4020
Description:

Would establish food labeling standards, direct the clarification of voluntary food labeling standards, and provide for a review of foods derived through the use of biotechnology.

Passed
Pass Date: 3/24/2015

FAILED

SB 2365
Legislative Management Study - Humane Treatment of Animals
Description:

Would provide for a legislative management study of the laws relating to the humane treatment of animals.

Status: Engrossed 2/23/2011; Died in Chamber
Failed

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OH Legislation

PENDING

HB 147
Change humane society law
Description:

Would make humane society agents subject to bribery law. 

Status: Introduced 3/21/2017
Pending

PASSED

HB 414
Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board
Description:

Would establish requirements and responsibilities of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board and the Director of Agriculture in administering and enforcing the rules adopted by the Board that govern the care and well-being of livestock in this state.

Status: Effective 3/31/2010
Passed
Pass Date: 3/31/2010

FAILED

HJR 2
Description:

Would establish the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board which would establish standards governing the care and well-being of livestock and poultry in the state, subject only to the authority of the General Assemby. When establishing standards, the board shall consider factors including: biosecurity, disease prevention, food saftey practices and agricultural best management practices.

Status: Engrossed 6/4/2009; Died in Chamber
Failed

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OK Legislation

PENDING

HB 2132
Prosperity districts
Description:

Would allow the creation of prosperity districts.

Status: Engrossed 3/28/2017
Pending

PASSED

HB 1388 / SB 374
An Act relating to nuisances
Description:

Law states no action for nuisance shall be brought against agricultural activities on farm or ranch land which has lawfully been in operation for two (2) years or more prior to the date of bringing the action. The established date of operation is the date on which an agricultural activity on farm or ranch land commenced. This bill would amend the established date of the operation under certain circumstances. 

Passed
Pass Date: 5/16/2017

HB 1957
Description:

Would provide that new swine feeding operations established on or after November 1, 2011, using liquid swine waste management systems and housing swine in roof-covered structures shall not be located within three (3) miles from the outside boundary of any area or facility with an average annual registered attendance of not less than two thousand (2,000) people and owned or operated as a camp or recreational site by a nonprofit organization established prior to application of the swine feeding operation.

Passed
Pass Date: 5/11/2011

HB 1999
Meat inspection; modifying horsemeat regulation
Description:

Provides that it shall be unlawful for any person to sell, offer or exhibit for sale, or have in his or her possession with intent to sell, any quantity of horsemeat for human consumption in Oklahoma; also makes it illegal for someone to transfer possession of any horsemeat when they know  the person receiving intends to sell it and the State Commissioner of Health can have access to any establishment in which horsemeat or feed suspected of containing horsemeat is present to examine any and all sales records and to emargo any food or horsemeat suspected to being in violation of the law.

 

 

Passed
Pass Date: 4/1/2013

HJR 1012
SQ 777
Description:

Would protect the rights of citizens and lawful residents of Oklahoma to engage in farming and ranching practices. It prohibits the Legislature from passing laws that would take away the right to employ agricultural technology and livestock production without a compelling state interest.

Passed
Pass Date: 4/30/2015

FAILED

HB 1104
Feral swine
Description:

Any person who meets the hunting requirements of the Department of Wildlife Conservation shall be obligated to kill any and all feral swine upon capture, unless licensed to transport pursuant to the Feral Swine Control Act.

Status: Introduced 2/2/2015; Died in Chamber
Failed

HB 1306
Oklahoma Livestock Care Standards Board
Description:

Would establish the Oklahoma Livestock Care Standards Board for the purpose of establishing standards governing the care and well-being of livestock and poultry in this state.

Status: Introduced 2/7/2011; Died in Committee
Failed

HB 2250
Description:

Would prohibit any animal rights charitable organization to solicit contributions intended for out-of-state or for political purposes.

Status: Engrossed 3/2/2016; Died in Committee
Failed

HB 2345
Oklahoma Livestock Care Standards Board
Description:

Would create the Oklahoma Livestock Care Standards Board for the purpose of establishing standards governing the care and well-being of livestock and poultry in this state.

Status: Failed 5/28/2010
Failed

HJR 1006
Description:

Would protect the rights of farmers and ranchers to engage in modern farming and ranching practices. It prohibits the Legislature from passing laws that would take away the right to employ agricultural technology and modern livestock production.

Status: Introduced 2/4/2013; Died in Chamber
Failed

SB 1716
Description:

Would prohibit any person from, without good cause, maliciously and knowingly cutting or damaging a fence used for the production or containment of cattle, bison, horses, sheep, swine, goats, domestic fowl, exotic livestock, exotic poultry or any game animals or domesticated game such that there is a loss or damage to the property. 

Status: Engrossed 3/19/2012; Died in Chamber
Failed

SB 375
Horsemeat
Description:

It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, offer or exhibit for sale, or have in his or her possession with intent to sell, any quantity of horsemeat for human consumption within the United States. 

It shall be lawful to sell, offer or exhibit for sale, or have in his or her possession with intent to sell, any quantity of horsemeat for human consumption if: The horsemeat is to be exported internationally; The horses are sold through a livestock auction; and The horses are purchased by a livestock dealer.

Status: Engrossed 2/21/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

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OR Legislation

PASSED

SB 694
Description:

Would prohibit a person from confinding a gestating sow in an enclosure for more than 12 hours in a 24-hour period in a manner that prevents the sow from lying down and fully extending its limbs or turning around freely.

Status: Effective 1/1/2008
Passed

SB 805
Relating to egg-laying hens
Description:

Would prohibit a commercial farm owner or operator from confining egg-laying hens in an enclosure that does not meet standards equivalent to the requirements for certification established in the United Egg Producers' Animal Husbandry Guidelines for U.S. Egg Laying Flocks and would require that enclosures constructed or otherwise acquired on or after January 1, 2012, meet, or be convertible into enclosures that meet, standards equivalent to the requirements for certification of enriched colony facility systems established in the American Humane Association's farm animal welfare certification program. 

Originally, HSUS was pushing a ballot question that would mandate cage-free housing for egg-laying hens by 2019, but dropped the ballot when an agreement was signed by UEP and HSUS. The agreement said HSUS would not move forward with ballot initiatives in Oregon and Washington to go cage free.

Status: Effective 6/22/2011
Passed
Pass Date: 6/22/2011

FAILED

HB 2175 / HB 2532
Relating to food labeling
Description:

Would require foods produced with genetic engineering to be labeled. 

Status: Failed 7/8/2013
Failed

HB 2396
Description:

Would prohibit administration of medically important antibiotics to food-producing animals for non-therapeutic purposes unless there is a significant risk of a disease or infection that is present on the premises being transmitted to the food-producing animal; it is necessary to prevent transmission of the disease or infection; it is provided to the food-producing animal for the shortest duration necessary to prevent transmission of the disease or infection; and it is provided to the smallest number of food-producing animals necessary to prevent transmission of the disease or infection. Would require the operator of a CAFO to file an annual report regarding adminstration of medically important antibiotics to food-producing animals at the operaion. Makes prohibition and reporting applicable to provision of antibiotics to food-producing animals on or after January 1, 2018. Declares emergency, effective on passage.

Status: Failed 7/7/17
Failed

HB 2598
Relating to the provision of antibiotics to food-producing animals
Description:

Would prohibit administration or other provision of medically important antibiotic to food-producing animal for nontherapeutic purposes. Requires operator of concentrated animal feeding operation to file annual report regarding administration of medically important antibiotics to food-producing animals at operation.

Status: Failed 7/6/2015
Failed

HB 2692
Relating to animal welfare laws
Description:

Would add offenses of equine tripping and encouraging animal abuse to definition of "animal welfare laws" for purposes of enforcement by humane special agents.

Status: Failed 7/6/2015
Failed

HB 3006
Relating to dairy animals
Description:

Would permit the Dairy Animal Welfare Board to submit comments to the Legislative Assembly based on the most recent scientific data of accepted animal husbandry practices existing at the time. The comments may include, but need not be limited to, comments regarding the potential impacts on dairy animal care and welfare and on the safety of human dairy food supplies of legislation and ballot initiatives dealing with dairy animal care and agricultural practices affecting dairy animals.

Status: Failed 6/30/2011
Failed

HB 3121
Relating to genetically engineered food
Description:

Would require foods produced with genetic engineering to be labeled. 

Status: Failed 7/6/2015
Failed

HB 4122
Relating to genetically engineered goods
Description:

Would require labeling of genetically engineered fish sold or offered for sale for human consumption and require labeling of packaged products containing genetically engineered fish and sold or offered for sale for human consumption.

Status: Failed 3/3/2016
Failed

SB 785
Description:

Livestock producers would only be able to provide a medically important antibiotic to their animals if a veterinarian determines it’s necessary to treat or control the spread of a disease or infection, or due to a medical procedure. Farms that are considered concentrated animal feeding operations would have to submit information about their antibiotic usage to the state government, with those records subject to disclosure as public documents.

Status: Failed 7/7/2017
Failed

SB 920
Description:

Would prohibit administration of medically important antibiotics to food-producing animals for non-therapeutic purposes. Would require the operator of a CAFO to file an annual report regarding adminstration of medically important antibiotics to food-producing animals at the operaion. Makes prohibition and reporting applicable to provision of antibiotics to food-producing animals on or after January 1, 2016. 

Status: Failed 7/6/2015
Failed

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PA Legislation

PENDING

SB 246
Prohibiting the administration of certain antimicrobial agents in agriculture
Description:

Would prohibit a person from administering to an animal a nontherapeutic amount of penicillin, tetracycline, erythomycin, lincomycin, bacitracin or virginiamycin and from administering an antimicrobial agent for growth promotion. 

Status: Introduced 1/27/2017
Pending

PASSED

HB 1238
Description:

Act amending Titles 3 (Agriculture), 18 (Crimes and Offenses), 22 (Detectives and Private Police), 34 (Game) and 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes that provides civil immunity for any veterinary professional who reports suspected cruelty of animals in good faith.

Passed
Pass Date: 6/28/2017

SB 906
Description:

Would allow the department to establish an agricultural biosecurity area and require that all areas be posted. Would also prohibit any person who is not licensed or priveleged from entering the area. 

Passed
Pass Date: 11/23/2010

FAILED

HB 683
Description:

Would make a person guilty of interfering with agricultural operations if the person, without consent from the owner of an agricultural operation or the owner's agent:

  1. Records an image of, or sound from, the agricultural operation by leaving a recording device on the agricultural operation; or uploads, downloads, transfers or otherwise sends recorded images of, or sound from, the agricultural operations over the Internet in any medium.
  2. Obtains access to an agricultural operation under false pretenses. 
  3. Enters an agricultural operation with the intent to obtain unlawful possession of, or access to, any information, data or article representing any agricultural activity or farming which is conducted or takes place at the agricultural operation.
  4. Applies for employment at an agricultural operation with the intent to record an image of, or sound from, the agricultural operation;
  5. Knows, at the time that the person accepts employment, that the owner of the agricultural operation prohibits the recording of any image of, or sound from, the agricultural operation; and while employed at, and while present on, the agricultural operation, records an image of, or sound from, the agricultural operation.
  6. Without consent from the owner of the agricultural operation or the owner's agent, records an image of, or sound from, an agricultural operation while the person is committing criminal trespass.

Status: Introduced 2/12/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

SB 443
Description:

Would prohibit the administration of a nontherapeutic amount of penicillin, tetracycline, erythromycin, lincomycin, bacitracin or virginiamycin to an animal.

Status: Introduced 2/7/2011; Died in Committee
Failed

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RI Legislation

PENDING

HB 5605
Unlawful Confinement Of A Covered Animal
Description:

Would prohibit a person from confining a gestating sow, veal calf or egg-laying hen in an enclosure in a manner that prevents the animal from turning around freely, lying down, standing up or fully extending its limbs. 

Status: Introduced 3/1/2017
Pending

HB 6023
Unlawful Confinement Of A Covered Animal
Description:

Would prohibit a person from confining a gestating sow, veal calf or egg-laying hen in an enclosure in a manner that prevents that animal from turning around freely, lying down, standing up or fully extending its limbs. If passed, would require all eggs produced or sold in the state must have a minimum space allowance of 144 square inches per chicken. 

Status: Introduced 3/29/2017
Pending

HB 6172
Right to Farm
Description:

Defines secondary agricultural operations and provides that municipalities may limit and regulate secondary agricultural use but not prohibit such operations.

Status: Introduced 4/28/2017
Pending

PASSED

HB 5494
Relating To Animals And Animal Husbandry
Description:

Would expand the meaning of unnecessary cruelty to one who willfully, intentionally, maliciously, recklessly and/or knowingly authorizes or permits that animal to be subjected to unnecessary torture, suffering or cruelty of any kind.

Passed
Pass Date: 7/11/2013

HB 8173
Rhode Island Livestock Welfare and Care Standards Advisory Council Act of 2012
Description:

Would establish a livestock welfare and care standards advisory council that would review and evaluate laws and rules of the state applicable to the care and handling of livestock.

Passed
Pass Date: 6/21/2012

SB 2191
Description:

Would prohibit a person from confining a gestating sow or veal calf in an enclosure in a manner that prevents the animal from turning around freely, lying down, standing up or fully extending its limbs. 

Status: Effective 6/6/2013
Passed
Pass Date: 6/6/2012

FAILED

HB 5078
Genetically Engineered Food
Description:

Would require any food produced with genetic engineering be labeled. 

Status: Introduced 1/14/2015; Died in Chamber
Failed

HB 5505
Description:

Would prohibit a farmer, owner or operator from confining veal calves, egg-laying hens and gestating sows in an enclosure that prevents the animal from fulling extending its limbs without touching the sides of the enclosure.

Status: Introduced 2/12/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

HB 5799
Relating To Animals And Animal Husbandry
Description:

Would require a person charged with the care or custody of an animal to report concerns of animal abuse, neglect or abondonment to any local or state police department, animal control officials or officers of private organizations devoted to the humane treatment of animals, and shall be immune from suit by reason of making the report.

Status: Introduced 3/5/2015; Died in Chamber
Failed

HB 7324
Description:

Would prohibit a person from confining any gestating sow, veal calf, or egg-laying hen in an enclosure that prevents the animal from turning around fully, lying down, standing up or fully extending the animals limbs. Would allow the continued use of presently owned enclosures for egg-laying hens installed before 7/1/2016 that do not meet the space requirement of 216 inches of available floor space, but if those enclosures are retrofitted, replaced or modified with a new or used enclosure, that enclosure must meet that space requirement.  

Status: Introduced 1/27/2016; Died in Committee
Failed

HB 7768
Animal Abuser Registry
Description:

Would create an animal abuser registry available to the public.

Status: Introduced 2/25/2010; Died in Chamber
Failed

HB 7769
Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act
Description:

Would prohibit a person from confining a gestating sow, veal calf and egg-laying hen in an enclosure in a manner that prevents the animal from lying down, standing up, turning around freely and fully extending its limbs.

Status: Introduced 2/25/2010; Died in Chamber
Failed

SB 203
Description:

Defines practicing veterinary medicine. A person shall be regarded as practicing veterinary medicine when he/she conducts routine vaccinations or testing of poultry or livestock for the purposes of disease control activity or when a person who advises with respect to or performs acts which are livestock management and animal husbandry practices that have been accepted and performed as required by the livestock welfare and care standards advisory council. Prescription drugs shall not be used except by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian, as provided by state and federal law.

Status: Introduced 2/11/2015; Died in Chamber
Failed

SB 2139
Description:

Would prohibit the use of battery cages for egg-laying hens. 

Status: Introduced 1/29/2014; Died in Committee
Failed

SB 90
Freshwater Fishing
Description:

Would permit fishing in trout waters at any time of year without seasonal restriction.

Status: Introduced 1/22/2015; Died in Chamber
Failed

SB 93
Genetically Modified Organisms To Be Labeled
Description:

Would require all food produced with genetic engineering be labeled. 

Status: Introduced 1/22/2015; Died in Chamber
Failed

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SC Legislation

PASSED

47-21-10
Farm Animal, Crop Operation, and Research Facilities Protection Act
Description:

Would prohibit a person from: damaging or destroying an animal facility, an animal, or property in or on an animal facility with the intent to disrupt or damage the enterprise conducted at the animal facility; entering an animal facility, not then open to the public, with intent to commit an act prohibited by this section; remaining concealed, with intent to commit an act prohibited by this section; entering or remaining in an animal facility with the intent to disrupt or damage the enterprise conducted at the animal facility and the person had notice that the entry was forbidden; or received notice to depart but failed to do so.

Status: Effective 6/7/2012
Passed

HB 4717
S.C. Farm Aid Fund
Description:

Would create the "South Carolina farm aid fund" to assist farmers who have suffered at least a forty percent loss of agricultural commodities as a result of the October 2015 flood.

Passed
Pass Date: 5/4/2016

SB 592
Hunting of feral hogs, coyotes, and armadillos
Description:

Would provide that feral hogs, coyotes, and armadillos may be hunted at any time of the year under authority of and pursuant to the conditions contained in a depredation permit issued by the department and from the last day of February to the first day of July of that same year with any legal firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow when notice is given to the department, and to provide conditions for hunting these animals at night.

Passed
Pass Date: 6/9/2015

FAILED

SB 298
Protection of game
Description:

Would prohibit a person on a dog hunt to permit his dog to enter upon the land of another over which the person does not have hunting rights.

Status: Introduced 1/13/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

SB 640
Animal Rescue Act
Description:

Would require that no animal in the care or custody of an animal shelter may be killed if a rescue group requests possession of the animal; all animal shelters that kill animals must maintain a registry of rescue groups willing to accept animals for the purposes of adoption and who have applied with the shelters to be notified; and at least two business days prior to the scheduled euthanasia of an animal, the shelter having possession of the animal shall provide notice to the rescue group of the scheduled euthanasia.

Status: Introduced 4/23/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

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SD Legislation

PASSED

HCR 1006
Description:

The Legislature of South Dakota would oppose any attempt for any ballot initiative or acts by the Humane Society of the United States, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and other animal rights groups that would undermine the livelihood of agricultural producers.

Passed
Pass Date: 2/9/2012

HCR 1007
Description:

Would support the establishment of USDA-inspected horse processing plants in the State of South Dakota.

Passed
Pass Date: 2/22/2008

SB 45
Description:

Would require a producer engaged in producing and selling raw milk to obtain a permit from the Secretary of Agriculture. 

Passed
Pass Date: 3/12/2015

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TN Legislation

PASSED

HB 1410
Description:

Would define agriculture to include entertainment activities that occur on land where farm products and nursery stock are produced; requires that the Tennessee Right to Farm Act be construed broadly to effectuate its purposes.

Status: Effective 4/1/2014
Passed
Pass Date: 4/1/2014

HB 3491
Description:

Expands the list of animal related practices that are exempt from veterinarian licensure requirements including the use of any manual procedure to test for pregnanacy in bovines when performed by a farmer if the farmer meets certain qualifications. 

Passed
Pass Date: 4/27/2010

SB 1204
Tennessee Animal Abuser Registration Act
Description:

Would require the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to post a publicly accessible list on its web site of any person convicted of an animal abuse offense.

Passed
Pass Date: 5/20/2015

FAILED

HB 1191
Description:

Would require a person who records animal cruelty committed against livestock to report such violation and submit any unedited photographs or video recordings to law enforcement authorities within 24 hours of the photograph's or recording’s creation.

Status: Introduced 2/13/2013; Died in Chamber
Failed

HB 1207
Description:

Would allow a sheriff to authorize any society involved in the prevention of cruelty to animals located in the sheriff's jurisdictional county to be able to make arrests in such county regarding cruelty to nonlivestock animals. 

Status: Introduced 2/12/2015; Died in Chamber
Failed

HB 1218
Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Act
Description:

Would require food produced with genetic engineering sold in the state to be labeled. 

Status: Failed 3/15/2016
Failed

HB 1838
Description:

Any person who intentionally accesses a nonpublic area of another's premises and engages in an act that exceeds that person's authority to enter those areas is liable to the owner or operator of the premises for any damages sustained that were caused by the person's access. An act that exceeds a person's authority to enter the nonpublic areas of another's premises includes:

  1. An employee intentionally enters the nonpublic area of an employer's premises for a reason other than intent of seeking or holding employment or doing business with the employer, and thereafter, without authorization, captures or removes the employer's data, paper, records, or any other documents;
  2.  An employee intentionally enters the nonpublic area of an employer's premises for a reason other than intent of seeking or holding employment, or doing business with the employer, and thereafter, without authorization, records images or sound occurring within an employer's premises;
  3. An employee knowingly places on the employer's premises an unattended camera or electronic surveillance device and uses that camera or device to record images or data.  

Status: Introduced 1/19/2016; Died in Chamber
Failed

HB 3620
Description:

Would prohibit a person to apply for employment with the intent to cause economic damage to the employer by recording video or audio while on the premises of the employer and releasing such recordings to a third party. Would allow all recordings taken in violation to be confiscated and, after their use as evidence, destroyed.

Status: Introduced 1/26/2012; Died in Chamber
Failed

SB 1248
Description:

Would require a person who records animal cruelty committed against livestock to report such violation and submit any unedited photographs or video recordings to law enforcement authorities within 24 hours of the photograph's or recording’s creation.

Status: Failed 4/17/2013; Vetoed by Governor 5/13/2013
Failed

SB 894
Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Act of 2013
Description:

Would prohibit any misleading labeling of food produced with genetic engineering sold in the state.

Status: Introduced 1/13/2013; Died in Chamber
Failed

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TX Legislation

PASSED

HB 1081
Relating to a study regarding the prohibition of dairy farming in certain areas of the state
Description:

Would require the Texas Animal Health Commission to conduct a study regarding the current risk level for bovine tuberculosis in certain states determined by the Commission to be infected or at high risk for bovine tuberculosis. By 9/1/2014, the Commission must submit a report of the findings to the Department of Agriculture and others listed. 

Status: Effective 6/14/2013
Passed
Pass Date: 6/14/2013

HB 1643
Description:

Would add a concentrated animal feeding operations to the list of facilities that drones are prohibited from flying over. 

Status: Effective 9/1/17
Passed
Pass Date: 6/15/2017

HB 1819
Relating to liability for injuring a trespassing sheep or goat
Description:

Would make a person with a fence that is insufficient who kills or wounds a head of cattle, horse, goat or sheep liable to the owner of the animal for damages.

Status: Effective 9/1/2013
Passed
Pass Date: 6/14/2013

FAILED

HB 334
Relating to the establishment of the Texas Livestock Care Standards Advisory Committee
Description:

Would establish a 16-member Texas Livestock Care Standards Advisory Committee. The committee would be required to research and develop standards governing livestock and poultry care, food safety, local food availability, food affordability, and best farm management practices for animal well-being. 

Status: Introduced 11/19/2010; Died in Committee
Failed

SJR 22
Right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife amendment
Description:

Would amend Aricle 1, Section 34 of the Texas Constitution to include that people have the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife, including the use of traditioal methods, subject to laws and regulations to conserve and manage wildlife and preserve the future of hunting and fishing. Would also state that hunting and fishing are preferred methods of managing and controlling wildlife.

Status: Enrolled 5/20/2015; Died in Chamber
Failed

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UT Legislation

PASSED

HB 155
Agricultural Advisory Board and Livestock
Description:

Would expand the duties of the Utah Agricultural Advisory Board to include duties related to acceptable livestock husbandry practices.

Passed
Pass Date: 3/23/2010

HB 217
Description:

If passed, the bill would prohibit a person from intentionally, knowingly or recklessly chasing or otherwise disturbing the peace of livestock with a motor vehicle, dog or aircraft (such as a drone).

Status: Governor signed 3/21/2017
Passed
Pass Date: 3/21/2017

HB 261
Horse Tripping Amendments
Description:

Would require a venue that holds a horse event to report any incidents of horse tripping to the Department of Agriculture and Food.

Passed
Pass Date: 3/24/2015

HB 285
Amends the Veterinary Practice Act
Description:

Amends the definition of practice of veterinary medicine to include dispensing any drug, medicine, treatment, method, or practice.

Passed
Pass Date: 3/25/2010

SB 134
Game Fowl Fighting - Amendments
Description:

Would prohibit engaging in game fowl fighting.

Passed
Pass Date: 3/30/2015

FAILED

HB 187
Agricultural Operation Interference
Description:

Would make a person guilty of agricultural operation interference if the person without consent from the owner of the agricultural operation, or the owner's agent, knowingly or intentionally records an image of, or sound from, the agricultural operation by leaving a recording device on the agricultural operation; obtains access to an agricultural operation under false pretenses; applies for employment at an agricultural operation with the intent to record an image of, or sound from, the agricultural operation; knows, at the time that the person accepts employment at the agricultural operation, that the owner of the agricultural operation prohibits the employee from recording an image of, or sound from, the agricultural operation; and while employed at, and while present on, the agricultural operation, records an image of, or sound from, the agricultural operation; or without consent from the owner of the operation or the owner's agent, knowingly or intentionally records an image of, or sound from, an agricultural operation while the person is committing criminal trespass on the agricultural operation.

The bill passed on March 7, 2012 and went into effect May 8, 2012, but was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in July 2017.

Status: Ruled unconstitutional 7/8/2017
Failed

HB 64
Milk Sales Amendments
Description:

Would allow a producer who sells raw milk at a self-owned retail store to also offer pasteurized milk at the same location. 

Status: Introduced 1/26/2015; Died in Chamber
Failed

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VT Legislation

PASSED

H 112
An Act Relating To The Labeling Of Food Produced With Genetic Engineering
Description:

Would require food produced with genetic engineering to be labeled.

Passed
Pass Date: 5/8/2014

H 52
An Act Relating To The Definition Of Poultry Products
Description:

Would amend the definition of "poultry product" to not inlclude quail, pheasant and partridge.

Passed
Pass Date: 4/28/2011

S 295
Livestock Care Standards
Description:

Would establish the Livestock Care Standards Advisory Council to evaluate the laws of the state and provide policy recommendations regarding the care, handling, and well-being of livestock in the state.

Passed
Pass Date: 5/12/2010

FAILED

H 367
An Act Relating To Labeling Genetically Engineered Food
Description:

Would require food produced with genetic engineering sold in the state of Vermont to be labeled as such.

Status: Introduced 3/8/2011; Died in Committee
Failed

H 374
Description:

Would prohibit a farm owner, operator, or manager from knowingly confining a gestating sow in an enclosure in a manner that prevents the animal from turning around freely, lying down, standing up, or fully extending the limbs of the animal.

Status: Introduced 3/10/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

H 438
An Act Relating To Prohibiting The Use Of Gestational Pig Crates
Description:

Would prohibit a person from confining a gestating sow in an enclosure in a manner that prevents the animal from turning around freely, lying down, standing up and fully extending its limbs.

Status: Introduced 3/1/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

S 109
An Act Relating To Docking The Tail Of A Horse Or Bovine
Description:

Would prohibit the practice of tail docking horse or bovine unless tail docking is performed by a veterinarian in order to relieve pain or to save the life of the animal.

Status: Introduced 2/14/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

S 22
An act relating to docking the tail of a bovine
Description:

Would prohibit the practice of tail docking bovine unless the tail docking procedure is performed by a veterinarian in order to relieve pain or save the life of the bovine.

Status: Introduced 1/16/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

S 230
An Act Relating To Humane Slaughter Of Livestock
Description:

Would require a representative from the Humane Society of the United States, Vermont Humane Society or similar organization to be present and observe when livestock are slaughtered and to report alleged violations of humane slaughter rules to the Secretary.

Status: Introduced 1/5/2010; Died in Committee
Failed

S 239
An Act Relating To Ensuring The Humane Treatment And Slaughter Of Animals
Description:

Would prohibit a person from confining a gestating sow in an enclosure in a manner that prevents the animal from turning around freely, lying down, standing up and fully extending its limbs. 

Status: Introduced 1/3/2012; Died in Committee
Failed

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VA Legislation

PASSED

HB 1145
Description:

Provides that any veterinarian who makes a report of suspected animal cruelty or who provides records or information related to a report of suspected cruelty or testifies in any judicial proceeding arising from such report, records, or information shall be immune from any civil or criminal liability or administrative penalty or sanction on account of such report, records, information, or testimony, unless such veterinarian acted in bad faith or with malicious purpose.


Passed
Pass Date: 4/11/2010

HB 1541
Description:

Before seizing and impounding any agricultural animal, would require a humane investigator, law enforcement officer or animal control officer to contact the state veterinarian who shall recommend the most appropriate action for effecting the seizure and impoundment of the agricultural animal. 

Passed
Pass Date: 3/28/2011

SB 1081
Description:

Would prohibit a person to rope, lasso, or otherwise obstruct or interfere with one or more legs of an equine in order to intentionally cause it to trip or fall for the purpose of engagement in a rodeo, contest, exhibition, entertainment, or sport unless such actions are in the practice of accepted animal husbandry or for the purpose of allowing veterinary care. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the dehorning of cattle conducted in a reasonable and customary manner.

Passed
Pass Date: 3/23/2015

FAILED

SB 32
Description:

Would establish an animal cruelty registry organized and maintained by the Superintendent of State Police.

Status: Introduced 12/13/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

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WA Legislation

PASSED

HB 1268
Regarding hemp as a component of commercial animal feed
Description:

The department of agriculture must conduct a study evaluating whether hemp and hemp products should be an allowable component of commercial feed in Washington. If the department determines that allowing some use of hemp in commercial feed is appropriate, then they must take the appropriate administrative actions to allow for commercial feed license holders to include hemp in their feed formulations.

Passed
Pass Date: 4/25/2015

SB 5487
Description:

Would establish a certification program and timeline for commercial egg laying chicken operations with more than 3,000 laying hens to be in compliance with the American Humane Association standards. 

Status: Effective 8/1/2012
Passed
Pass Date: 5/10/2011

FAILED

1130
HSUS Ballot Initiative: Eggs
Description:

This measure would prohibit confining egg-laying hens, as defined, in stacked cages or cages that prevent hens from turning around freely, lying down, standing up, or fully extending their wings. It would also prohibit selling eggs produced by hens thus confined. The meaure was backed by HSUS, ASPCA and Farm Sancturary. It was dropped and did not appear on the ballot after an agreement was reached between HSUS and United Egg Producers. 

Status: Dropped 7/2011
Failed

HB 1104
Creating the crime of interference with agricultural production
Description:

Would make it a crime of interference with agricultural production if an individual knowingly is not employed by an agricultural production facility and enters by theft, force, threat, misrepresentation or trespass; obtains records of an agricultural production facility by force, threat, misrepresentation or trespass; obtains employment with an agricultural production facility by force, threat or misrepresentation with the intent to cause economic or physical injury to the facility's operations, property, personnel or goodwill; enters an agricultural production faciliity that is not open to the public and without the owner's written consent and makes video recordings of the agricultural production facility's operations; or intentionally causes economic or physical injury to the operation. 

Status: Introduced 1/12/2015; Died in Chamber
Failed

HB 1191
Protecting livestock against predator attacks
Description:

Would allow for an owner, the owner's immediate family member, the agent of an owner, or the owner's documented employee to kill a mammalian predator, regardless of state classification, without a permit or other form of permission to protect livestock.

Status: Introduced 1/18/2013; Died in Chamber
Failed

HB 2484
Description:

Would require inspections, specialized training and other enhanced workplace standards on dairy farms.

Status: Introduced 1/14/2016; Died in Chamber
Failed

HB 2674
Description:

Would create a Livestock Care Standards Board and authorize the board to adopt minimal standards regarding the care of livestock and poultry. Requries the state veterinarian must serve as the chair of the board and when making appointments to the board, the director must ensure that there are participating qualified experts for each major species represented in the livestock industry and at least two individuals who are considered to be consumer advocates.

Status: Introduced 1/24/2012; Died in Committee
Failed

SB 5073
Concerning the disclosure of foods produced through genetic engineering
Description:

Would require food offered for retail sale in the state that is produced with genetic engineering to be labeled by July 1, 2015. 

Status: Introduced 1/17/2013; Died in Committee
Failed

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WV Legislation

PENDING

SB 84
Description:

Would authorize the Commissioner of Agriculture to promulgate a legislative rule relating to livestock care standards.

Status: Introduced 2/8/2017
Pending

PASSED

HB 2399
Protecting livestock in dire or extreme condition
Description:

Allows the Livestock Care Standards Board to establish standards governing the care and well-being of livestock, maintain food safety, encourage locally grown and raised food, and protect West Virginia farms and families.

Passed
Pass Date: 5/15/2013

HB 4201
Creating the Livestock Care Standards Board
Description:

Would create a Livestock Care Standards Board to prescribe standards for livestock care and well-being.

Status: Effective 6/11/2010
Passed
Pass Date: 4/22/2010

SB 237
Captive Cervid Farming Act
Description:

Would regulate captive cervid farming as an agricultural enterprise.

Passed
Pass Date: 4/15/2015

FAILED

HB 2276
Legislative rule relating to the inspection of meat and poultry
Description:

Would authorize the Commissioner of Agriculture to promulgate a legislative rule relating to the inspection of meat and poultry.

Status: Introduced 1/26/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

HB 4085
Description:

Would authorize the Department of Agriculture to promulgate a legislative rule relating to Livestock Care Standards.

Status: Introduced 1/18/2016; Died in Committee
Failed

SB 86
Description:

Would permit the Livestock Care Board to establish standards for equine boarding facilities.

Status: Introduced 1/14/2015; Died in Committee
Failed

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WI Legislation

FAILED

AB 486
Description:

The bill clarifies that a person abandons an animal if the person fails to make arrangements for the animal’s proper care, sustenance, and shelter. The bill clarifies that a person must provide an animal with adequate food and water. However, the bill specifies that the prohibition against treating an animal cruelly does not impose requirements or standards more stringent than normally accepted animal husbandry practices for farm animals and does not impose requirements for providing food and water to farm animals that exceed normally accepted animal husbandry practices.

Status: Failed 4/8/2014
Failed

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WY Legislation

PENDING

HB 193
Description:

Amending the crimes of cruelty to animals and aggravated cruelty to animals.

Status: Introduced 1/25/17
Pending

PASSED

HB 12
Contagious and infectious diseases among livestock
Description:

Would require the state veterinarian to keep an official record of all livestock animals tested for tuberculosis and submit a copy of the record to state and federal animal health officials. 

Passed
Pass Date: 2/12/2013

SB 76
Civil trespass to collect data-amendments
Description:

Would make an individual guilty of civil trespass if that person enters onto private land for the purpose of collecting resource data if they do not have an ownership interest in the real property, authorization to enter the private land to collect the resource data; or the written or verbal permission of the owner, lessee or agent of the owner to enter.

Passed
Pass Date: 3/16/2016

SF 12
Trespassing to collect data
Description:

A person is guilty of trespassing to collect resource data if the person enters onto the land without an ownership interest in the real property or, statutory, contractual or other legal authorization to enter or access the land to collect resource data; or written or verbal permission of the owner, lessee or agent of the owner. 

Passed
Pass Date: 3/10/2015

FAILED

HB 126
Description:

Would make a person (other than a law enforcement officer) guilty of interference with an agricultural operation if the person: knowingly or intentionally records an image of or sound from the operation by concealing or placing a recording device on the premises of the operation without the consent of the owner or manager; obtains access to the operation under false pretenses; while employed, records an image or sound if the person knew at the time they accepted employment that the owner prohibited recording an image or sound from the operation.

Would require any person to report concerns of animal cruelty within 48 hours to any peace officer employed with local government.

Status: Engrossed 2/5/2013; Died in Chamber
Failed

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College Aggies

College Aggies Online (CAO) is an initiative of the Alliance that connects college students from across the country who are interested in promoting agriculture. Participants receive training from industry experts and engage on social media by posting information about current and emerging issues facing farmers and ranchers and telling personal stories. College Aggies Online was created to help train the next generation of "Agvocates"!

About College Aggies

Our scholarship program connects students from acrosss the country with a passion for animal agriculture and helps them become confident and effective communicators! Last year, 344 participants and 35 clubs representing 36 different states generated more than 1,880 social media posts reaching 2.3 million people!

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College Aggies Sign-Up

Individuals or clubs, use the below forms to sign-up for College Aggies.

College Aggies Sponsors

We welcome agricultural companies and organizations to sponsor the 2017 CAO Program. See the sponsorship opporunities and contact Allyson if you are interested in sponsorship. 

Thank you to our current 2017 program sponsors:

Platinum

 DMI Logo

Gold

 NPPC Logo  CHS Foundation

Silver

National Pork Board     Monsanto Logo

Bronze

 Ohio Poultry    Dominos Pizza  BIO Logo
 

International

The Animal Agriculture Alliance has long served as a liaison to USDA relative to farm animal care and well-being issues. Alliance leadership engages frequently with USDA officials to ensure their understanding of the agricultural community’s proactive initiatives to protect animal health and well-being. Recognizing that farm animal care at all stages – on the farm, during transportation and at processing facilities – is of utmost importance, the Alliance works closely with USDA to provide a voice on behalf of all animal agriculture stakeholders in international discussions. For more information on the Alliance's international efforts, please contact Kay Johnson Smith.

World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)
Since 2004, the Alliance has coordinated stakeholder input nationally to USDA for the OIE’s development of international farm animal care guidelines.  With input from our national advisory team, consisting of over 150 individuals from more than 50 organizations, the Alliance builds and provides consensus comments and recommendations on behalf of the total animal agriculture community.  The Alliance has also participated in two of three OIE International Conferences on Animal Welfare, and represented the USA as a speaker at a regional OIE Americas conference in 2008 in Panama.

The OIE will develop international animal care guidelines for every major farm animal species.  So far, OIE reports have been produced as listed below, and the Alliance has submitted comments on each.  Additionally, the Alliance has provided USDA and the OIE a list of USA experts to be considered for each ad hoc committee.

OIE Reports Completed:

OIE Reports Drafted:
  • Swine 

USDA’s comments to the OIE, on behalf of the USA, can be found here.
For more information about the OIE’s process of developing international animal welfare guidelines, click here. To read drafts of the comments submitted by the Alliance to USDA, please contact Alliance President and CEO, Kay Johnson Smith. 

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards.  International Standards give state of the art specifications for products, services and good practice, helping to make industry more efficient and effective.  According to ISO, since these standards are developed through global consensus, they help to break down barriers to international trade.

Founded in 1947, ISO has published more than 19 500 International Standards covering almost all aspects of technology and business - from food safety to computers, and agriculture to healthcare.

In 2011, the ISO entered into an agreement with the OIE to develop standards for the implementation of animal welfare guidelines.  A working group of representatives from member countries will be formed and the Technical Specifications will be developed.

This is the first ISO has delved into animal welfare, and the process is still in the early phase of development.  The Alliance is actively engaged and regularly coordinates with other industry stakeholders to ensure the U.S. agriculture voice is strongly represented.  For more information about ISO, this process and the Alliance’s involvement, contact Kay Johnson Smith.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO helps developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all. FAO was founded in 1945 and is headquartered in Rome, Italy.

FAO’s mandate is to improve nutrition, increase agricultural productivity, raise the standard of living in rural populations and contribute to global economic growth.

While FAO does not develop animal care guidelines or standards, it does weigh in on policies surrounding this issue. In September 2012, FAO conducted a study on private voluntary standards, codes of conduct, and guidelines in the livestock sector, as a follow-up to an exploratory survey undertaken last year.   The Alliance, at the request of USDA, coordinated stakeholders to respond to ensure the U.S. was actively engaged.  The Alliance continues to monitor, and respond as appropriate, to all FAO farm animal welfare activities.

FAO also maintains an international online resource specific to farm animal welfare called the Gateway to Farm Animal Welfare.  The Alliance actively monitors this site and contributes information as appropriate to ensure the U.S. advancements in farm animal care are posted and recognized globally.