Protecting Animal Rights
As co-chair of the bipartisan Animal Protection Caucus, which includes over 90 members, Congressman Moran believes that the federal government has an important role to play in protecting animals against cruelty and abuse. No one is a stronger advocate for animal protection issues in the Congress.
Jim Moran has been instrumental in the passage of several important pieces of legislation designed to toughen laws against animal cruelty:
- He was the sponsor of the Truth in Fur Labeling Act that requires accurate labeling of fur products to prevent the illegal use of cat and dog fur in clothing sold in the U.S. This legislation was signed into law by President Obama.
- After the Supreme Court struck down a law prohibiting the creation and possession of animal crush videos, Congressman Moran played a critical role in the re-introduction and passage of new legislation designed to end these horrific acts of cruelty. The Prevention of Interstate Commerce in Animal Crush Videos Act was also signed into law by President Obama. For these efforts, the Humane Society of the United States named Representative Moran their Humane Legislator of the Year.
- Jim also helped pass the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act, which requires localities to develop plans for the evacuation of pets in emergency situations.
- He was a cosponsor of the Animal Fighting Prohibition Act, which made it a felony to transport animals across state lines for the purpose of animal fighting or to sponsor or otherwise participate in animal fighting.
- As Ranking Member on the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, Jim has oversight of an array of wildlife conservation activities carried out by the Department of the Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, and other agencies.
- One of his priorities has been to work with the Bureau of Land Management and animal protection organizations to improve the historically mismanaged Wild Horse and Burros Program. He is committed to ensuring our nation’s wild horses are humanely managed on the range and that taxpayer resources are used responsibly.
- He has also led the fight to prevent horse slaughter, working to prevent taxpayer funding from being used for USDA inspections, essentially requiring the closure of horse slaughter houses. He managed to pass legislation through Appropriations to ban the export of U.S. horses for the purpose of slaughter for human consumption.
- Jim is also a cosponsor of legislation, the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) Act (H.R. 835) that would prevent the abuse dogs at irresponsible breeding facilities, often referred to as puppy mills.
- Jim Moran also strongly believes we must improve the minimum care standards for animals used in agriculture. He is cosponsor of the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012, which would establish national standards on cage sizes and housing for egg-laying hens, and the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act, which would phase-out the use of non-therapeutic antibiotics on farm animals that is contributing to the nation’s alarming rise in antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections.
Much work remains to be accomplished to ensure that animals are treated more humanely and that cruel, outdated practices are eliminated. Jim Moran is on the front lines of those efforts, and working with allies in the animal protection community, will continue to fight for what’s right.