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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Federal

Here are current pieces of legislation that should be on your radar:

Farm System Reform Act

This bill will place a moratorium on large concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO’s), “strengthen” the Packers and Stockyards Act, and require country origin labeling on beef, pork, and dairy products. Elizabeth Warren recently joined as a cosponsor. The bill was referred to committee in February.

NPPC and AFBF file appeal challenging CA’s Prop 12

By attempting to regulate businesses outside of its borders, the organizations say California’s Proposition 12 violates the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution.

USDA sued for poultry handling practices at processing plants

The Animal Welfare Institute and Farm Sanctuary sued USDA in federal court for claims that they failed to require humane handling of poultry at slaughter, resulting in ‘adulterated’ (i.e., damaged or contaminated) products that violate the Poultry Products Inspection Act.

Arizona HB 2724

Would prohibit from and after December 31, 2020, a farm owner or operator from confining an egg‑laying hen in an enclosure with less than one square foot of usable floor space per hen. From and after December 31, 2024, a farm owner or operator in this state may not knowingly confine an egg‑laying hen in an enclosure: that is not a cage-free housing system.

Hawaii HB 2740: Relating to Public Schools

Requires the Department of Education to develop plant-based alternatives to satisfy 50 percent of protein requirements in meals offered across all public schools annually and incorporate plant-based diet education, including positive environmental impacts, into its dietary health curriculum.

Kansas farm protection bill ruled unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled provisions in a Kansas law that ban the secret filming at slaughterhouses and other livestock facilities unconstitutionally criminalize free speech on 1/22/2020.

Maine LD 2084 – An Act Prohibiting Certain Confinement of Egg-laying Hens and the Sale of Their Eggs

Prohibits a farm owner or operator within the State to knowingly confine an egg laying hen in an enclosure that is not a cage-free housing system or in an enclosure with less than one square foot of usable floor space per egg-laying hen in multi-tiered aviaries, partially slatted systems or any other cage-free housing system that provides egg-laying hens with unfettered access to vertical space; or one and one-half square feet of usable floor space per egg-laying hen in single-level all-litter floor systems or any other cage-free housing system that does not provide egg-laying hens with unfettered access to vertical space.

New Jersey SB 1971

Establishes animal cruelty offense of cruel confinement of a gestating pig.

New York AB 9708

Requires licensed slaughterhouses to have a closed circuit camera and television system in all areas with live animals; establishes a reporting requirement pursuant to inspections where a violation is found.

North Carolina farm protection ruled unconstitutional

North Carolina’s farm protection law, which criminalized undercover investigations on farms, was recently declared unconstitutional by a federal court.

Farm protection bills are introduced to prevent animal rights extremists from gaining illicit employment on farms with the intent to damage the farms’ reputation.

States with current farm protection laws:
Farm protection laws have been overturned in these states:
States with pending farm protection bills:
International Laws:

Under FDA Final Guidance 209, Final Guidance 213 and the Veterinary Feed Directive, all medically important antibiotics used in animal feed or water are only for the therapeutic purposes of disease treatment, disease control or disease prevention and under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. Some states have introduced bills that would restrict when farmers and veterinarians are allowed to administer antibiotics to food-producing animals. Others would require farmers to submit paperwork regarding their antibiotic usage to the state department of agriculture.

States with laws regarding antibiotic use impacting animal agriculture:

Some bills and ballot initiatives are introduced to challenge production systems and raise the cost for the farmers and ranchers raising livestock and poultry and ultimately for consumers at the grocery store. Below are just a few examples from different industries.

States with laws impacting how animals are raised:

Every state has a Right to Farm law protecting farmers and ranchers who use accepted and standard farming practices from nuisance lawsuits. Several states have introduced amendments that would change the state’s law to prevent new legislation from interfering with farming practices.

States with pending Right to Farm legislation: