Beyond resistance: Protecting animals

August 28, 2017

Dear Friends,

It is the 31st day of my email series, “Beyond Resistance: The things we should do to make us safer, healthier, and more economically secure.” Today’s topic: protecting animals.

The way we treat animals reflects the values that we hold as a society and has a tremendous impact on the livability and vitality of our communities. As co-chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, I’m working on a bipartisan basis to advance a strong, pro-animal legislative agenda.

We need to crack down on animal abuse and cruelty, protect imperiled species, defend farm animals and require they receive compassionate and humane treatment, and ensure responsible research and testing. 

Our legislative agenda has wide support and could be passed in this Congress, including legislation to:

  • prohibit the domestic slaughter, trade, and import of dogs and cats for human consumption;
  • strengthen laws against shark finning;
  • prohibit the manufacturing or sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals;
  • end animal cruelty and torture; end horse soring; and more.

Learn more about our efforts here.

Protection of animals is one of our core values. Congress should accelerate our efforts to protect their welfare.

I welcome your thoughts, ideas, and opinions. You can connect with me here


Earl Blumenauer

Member of Congress