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Congresswoman Roybal-Allard a Senior Member of the House Appropriations Committee, Celebrates the Inclusion of Animal Rights Provisions in the Fiscal Year 2023 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill

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Washington, D.C., June 23, 2022 | comments
Today, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard of the House Appropriations Committee and tireless advocate for animal rights, celebrated the inclusion of three animal welfare provisions that she has championed for almost two decades. Congresswoman Roybal-Allard delivered the remarks below during the Committee markup of the Fiscal Year 2023 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. ?
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“Madam Chair, I rise in support of this bill. And since this is my last Agriculture bill markup before I leave Congress, I particularly want to thank the Chair for including three animal welfare provisions in this Mark that I have championed for almost two decades. This bill makes permanent the prohibition on funds for licensing and relicensing random source Class B dealers who sell dubiously obtained dogs and cats for use in research.  This provision will end the abusive practices of these random source dealers, finally and forever. The bill also continues the funding limitation on commercial horse slaughter inspections that has been in place since 2005. This evergreen provision will ensure the slaughtering of horses in the United States will never again be home to this inhumane, dangerous, and unneeded industry. Finally, I thank the Chair for including language that directs FDA to strategically reduce non-human primates in its research and retire them to sanctuary. It is time for our country to move away from the cruel and often unnecessary tradition of primate research and to allow these significant creatures to spend the remainder of their lives in federal sanctuaries. In closing, I thank the hardworking subcommittee staff for their dedication to these issues and for their long hours to produce a good bill.”

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