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Animal Health Protection Act Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives

Friday, June 1, 2001

Two members of the U.S. House of Representative introduced a bill May 24th that would help prevent the introduction and spread of animal diseases and compensate owners of livestock, product and facilities should the disease ever reach the U.S. The bill, introduced by House Livestock and Horticulture Subcommittee Chairman Richard Pombo (R-CA) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN), is titled the Animal Health Protection Act.

The bill, H.R.2002, would consolidate and revise the authority of the Secretary of Agriculture to prevent the introduction and spread of infectious animal diseases. Should owners of livestock, products and facilities be required to destroy animals as a result of a seizure or quarantine to detect and/or eradicate such a disease, they would be compensated under this bill.

AMI, via the Animal Agriculture Coalition, has worked with livestock groups, state veterinarians, the Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service and Reps. Pombo and Peterson to draft the Animal Health Protection Act to ensure the security of the U.S. livestock industry.

For more information regarding HR2002, contact AMI’s Randy Huffman or Rob Rosado.

To read a copy of the bill visit http://thomas.loc.gov and type in the HR2002 in the space provided to insert the bill number.

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