Text: H.R.5557 — 109th Congress (2005-2006)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (06/08/2006)

2d Session
H. R. 5557

To promote the humane treatment of farm animals.


June 8, 2006

Mr. Shays (for himself and Mr. DeFazio) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


To promote the humane treatment of farm animals.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Farm Animal Stewardship Purchasing Act”.

SEC. 2. Findings and declaration of policy.

(a) Findings.—Congress finds the following:

(1) More humane treatment of livestock minimizes needless suffering, results in safer and better working conditions for persons engaged in the animal agricultural industry, brings about improvement of products, and generates other benefits for producers, processors, consumers, public health, and the environment, which expedite an orderly flow of livestock products in interstate and foreign commerce.

(2) The Federal Government can lead by example in the marketplace and encourage more humane practices by purchasing products derived from livestock raised more humanely.

(b) Declaration of policy.—It is the policy of the United States that the raising of livestock, including pigs, cattle, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, goats, horses, mules, sheep, rabbits, ostriches, emus, rheas, and other non-aquatic animals used, or intended for use, as food or fiber or to produce food or fiber, shall be carried out only by methods that promote animal welfare.

SEC. 3. Humane methods for federal procurement.

(a) In general.—The Federal Government may not purchase any product derived from a covered animal used or intended for use as food or fiber or to produce food or fiber unless such covered animal is raised in compliance with subsection (b).

(b) Compliance.—A covered animal is raised in compliance with this subsection only if the method of raising such covered animal provides—

(1) adequate shelter which allows sufficient space for the covered animal to stand, lie down, get up, walk, move his or her head freely, rest, and turn around completely and fully extend all limbs or wings without touching any part of an enclosure;

(2) daily access to adequate food and water sufficient to ensure the health and well-being of the covered animal without forced feeding or feed withdrawal; and

(3) adequate veterinary care, including prompt treatment or humane euthanasia of a sick or injured covered animal.

SEC. 4. Exemptions.

Nothing in this Act shall apply to a covered animal—

(1) during lawful transport;

(2) in lawful rodeo exhibitions, State or county fair exhibitions, or other similar exhibitions;

(3) in lawful scientific or agricultural research; or

(4) while undergoing an examination, test, treatment, or operation for veterinary purposes to improve the well-being of such covered animal.

SEC. 5. Covered animal defined.

In this Act, the term “covered animal” means any non-aquatic farm animal, including a pig, head of cattle, chicken, turkey, duck, goose, goat, horse, mule, sheep, rabbit, ostrich, emu, or rhea.

SEC. 6. Effect on other laws.

Nothing in this Act shall modify, limit, or repeal any law in effect upon the date of the enactment of this Act or preempt any State or local law.

SEC. 7. Effective date.

This Act shall take effect on the date that is two years after the date of the enactment of this Act.