Protecting Animals

Congresswoman Lowey believes that the humane treatment of animals is among the responsibilities of a decent society. As the natural habitats of many species become less viable and increasingly threatened by devastating natural disasters and human interference, the Federal government must remain vigilant in enforcing our nations’ animal protection laws. 

Since coming to Congress in 1989, Lowey has compiled a nearly flawless record of support for the legislative objectives of the Humane Society of the United States, Animal Humane Society, Defenders of Wildlife, the League of Conservation Voters, and others who support the humane treatment of animals. 

As top-ranking Democrat, and now Chairwoman, of the House Appropriations Committee and as a member of the Animal Protection Caucus, Congresswoman Lowey has:

  • Supported robust funding for programs focused on biodiversity, conservation, climate change mitigation, and combating wildlife poaching and trafficking;
  • Fought to ensure that federal funds are not used for inappropriate animal research or experimentation;
  • Cosponsored the Animal Fighting Prohibition Act, which was signed into law, to strengthen enforcement of provisions that protect against animal fighting;
  • Cosponsored the Preventing All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, which would end the cruel practice of horse soring and passed the House of Representatives on July 25, 2019; and
  • Introduced the Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act to end to the use of steel-jaw leghold traps on our nation’s wildlife refuges.

Congresswoman Lowey has also cosponsored legislation that would:

  • End the slaughter of horses for human consumption;
  • Create a $5 million grant for conservation programs to mitigate the human impacts on the dwindling population of North Atlantic Right Whales;
  • Ban the sale, trade, distribution, import, and export of shark fins;
  • Establish a federal grant program to assist domestic violence shelters in providing emergency shelter to families with pets;
  • Enact tougher regulations for puppy mills; and
  • Ban the sale of “crush” videos that depict animals being tortured.