ASPCA announces 2023 policy platform

The organisation urges critical welfare reform
calendar icon 24 January 2023
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The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) released its farm animal platform for the 2023 Farm Bill today, urging US Congress to include critical reforms to improve farm animal welfare. According to a press release from the organisation, the ASPCA is calling on Congress to pass a Farm Bill that is "aligned with Americans' widespread concerns about the impacts of industrial animal agriculture and desire to safeguard animals and the environment."

"The fragility and suffering evident throughout our food system underscores the urgent need to realign our nation's food policy with our values, not a ruthless focus on efficiency and profits that endangers us all," said Lauren Tavar, director of farm animal legislation for the ASPCA. "The ASPCA is calling on Congress to include critical provisions in the Farm Bill that will hold animal agribusiness accountable for its harmful practices and accelerate the transition to a more humane food system that is rooted in respect for animals, workers, farmers and rural communities."

The ASPCA's farm animal platform calls for a Farm Bill that:

  • Increases corporate accountability and addressing food system consolidation;
  • Ends government investment in the factory farm model;
  • Invests in farmers who are building a more humane system; and
  • Ensures strong government oversight of industrial animal agriculture.

The ASPCA also led a group of more than 40 animal welfare organisations in sending a letter to President Biden and congressional leaders urging them to build a more humane and fair food system through the 2023 Farm Bill.

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