USA: Oppose Attack on Animal-Protection Laws

U.S. H.R. 4417/S. 2019—Ending Agricultural Trade Suppression (EATS) Act
ASPCA Position: Oppose
Sponsors: Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-IA) and Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS)

The Ending Agricultural Trade Suppression (EATS) Act was introduced in June 2023, a follow up to the 2021 bill which failed to make progress in Congress. While its sponsors and industrial agriculture interests claim the EATS Act “protects agricultural trade,” its real goal is to erase state and local animal welfare regulations that are already in place—all in the name of profit. 

The EATS Act is a direct response to the success of animal welfare bills like Proposition 12, which was recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. These existing bans on cruel farming practices, including gestation crates for pigs, battery cages for egg-laying hens, and veal crates for calves, could be undone if the EATS Act is passed. Additionally, good laws related to food safety, farm worker protections, environmental standards and even puppy mills may all be at risk. 

We cannot roll back progress and allow animals to suffer—help us defeat the EATS Act. 

What You Can Do

Please use the form below to email your members of Congress urging them to oppose the dangerous EATS Act.

On behalf of animals across the country, and in hope of continuing to build a more humane world, thank you!