By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

The Farm Bill, a legislative package the U.S. Congress approves every five years or so to govern agricultural and food programs, has the potential to instill animal welfare and sustainability into food practices for years to come. Instead, the 2024 Farm Bill just approved in the House Agriculture Committee would undo so much progress made for animal welfare, threaten public health and create a nightmare for countless animals.

Pork producers, elected officials and animal advocates work together to save state ag laws and free markets

Pork producers, elected officials and animal advocates work together to save state ag laws and free markets

WASHINGTON (May 23, 2024)—Pork producers, pork distributors and animal advocates decried the House of Representatives’ Farm Bill (the Farm, Food, and National Security Act of 2024) that will likely be voted out of the Agriculture Committee today. They called the bill a reckless attempt to invalidate state laws including Proposition 12, which set landmark prohibitions on the in-state sale of food products from farm animals locked in cruel and extreme confinement. The U.S.

House Farm Bill’s race to the bottom of the (pork) barrel

House Farm Bill’s race to the bottom of the (pork) barrel

WASHINGTON (May 17, 2024)—Republicans on the U.S. House of Representatives’ Agriculture Committee have released their version of the Farm Bill. It includes language that aims to invalidate California’s Proposition 12, a state law setting landmark prohibitions on the in-state sale of food products from farm animals locked in cruel and extreme confinement. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law as constitutional in May 2023.

Nix the Prop 12 “Fix”

Nix the Prop 12 “Fix”

WASHINGTON (April 10, 2024)—As the National Pork Producers Council takes its anti-animal welfare case to Capitol Hill, the Humane Society Legislative Fund warns against inserting language into the Farm Bill that would invalidate California’s Proposition 12, a state law setting landmark prohibitions on the sale of food products from farm animals locked in cruel and extreme confinement, which the U.S. Supreme Court upheld as constitutional in May 2023.

House Agriculture Committee probes Chinese influence over American agriculture

House Agriculture Committee probes Chinese influence over American agriculture

House Agriculture Committee probes Chinese influence over American agriculture

Foreign-owned companies are buying control of nation’s agricultural policy, undermining states’ rights and principles of federalism 

WASHINGTON (March 20, 2024)—Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to discuss the risks and dangers of China’s increasing dominance over the U.S. agriculture industry.