U.S. Representatives Diane Watson (D-Calif.) and Elton Gallegly (R-Calif.) introduced H.R. 4733, the “Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act,” last week. The bill would set federal standards regulating housing and animal treatment on operations that supply food to government purchases such as the School Lunch program.

The Humane Society of the United States immediately issued a release praising the proposed bill.

Such a law would, in practice, apply to virtually all livestock operations, since the USDA purchased food from packers and processors, not from farms. Without full traceability of every product back to its farm or ranch of origin, packers would need to require compliance from all their suppliers to continue selling meat or dairy products to the government.

The HSUS release is available online.

According to HumaneWatch.org, a similar bill was introduced in 2007 and it went over like a lead balloon. Here is a look at the legislation introduced in 2007. HumaneWatch.org is a watchdog project dedicated to analyzing the activities of the Humane Society of the United States.

Source: Drovers (sister publication to Dairy Herd Management), HumaneWatch.org