Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Buchanan Co-Sponsors Bill to End Animal Torture

Feb 19, 2015
Press Release
"This Sickening Enterprise Must End"

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vern Buchanan, R-FL, today announced he has co-sponsored legislation to stop the torture of animals at research facilities operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The bill follows a shocking New York Times report which revealed that a government facility in Nebraska is conducting horrific experiments on farm animals designed to boost meat production.  

More than 6,500 sheep, pigs and other animals have died at this taxpayer-funded research center over the last 30 years, according to the report.  Such abuses, which included locking pigs in steam chambers until they died, were made possible by a loophole in the Animal Welfare Act of 1966.  The AWARE Act, H.R. 746, would close the loophole that excludes farm animals such as cows, sheep and pigs from existing animal cruelty protections.

“Torturing animals is abhorrent and must not be allowed to continue because of a legal technicality.” Buchanan said. “This sickening enterprise must end.”

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, and Matthew Bershadker, president and CEO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, have both publicly expressed support for the bill sponsored by Oregon Democrat Earl Blumenauer. 

Buchanan was honored last month by the U.S. Humane Society for his record in Congress on behalf of animal welfare issues.

You can read the NY Times article that exposed this grisly enterprise HERE