In an article published by the Scripps Howard News Service in
July 2001, author Lance Gay writes, "The issue of animal rights
is getting a more receptive ear in boardrooms and on Capitol
Hill." He says the reason for this renewed interest is that
leading fast-food companies have vowed to stop buying meat
from farms and slaughterhouses that mistreat animals. He adds
that lawmakers are threatening to impose new regulations.
Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., who chairs the Senate
Appropriations Committee, is disgusted by the cruelty of
modern industrial farming practices, Gay reports.
"Our inhumane treatment of livestock is becoming widespread
and more and more barbaric," said Byrd, who added $3 million
for increased enforcement of federal animal welfare laws in a
supplemental spending bill Congress sent to President Bush.
In a floor speech, Byrd deplored farmers who confine pigs in
2-foot-wide "gestation crates" for up to three years, imprison
calves in wooden "veal crates" until they are slaughtered, and
starve aging chickens for more than a week so they will lay more
eggs. "These creatures feel; they know pain. They suffer pain
just as we humans suffer pain," Byrd said.
Also according to Gay, Senators Peter Fitzgerald, R-Ill., and
Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., are backing proposals to ban the U.S.
Department of Agriculture’s $27 billion school-lunch program
from buying eggs from farms that starve chickens.
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