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Animal Equality joins opposition to the EATS Act

As the meat industry continues its efforts to undo animal protection laws throughout the United States by attempting to pass the EATS Act, Animal Equality joins the strong opposition to fight back.
September 19, 2023 Updated: February 22, 2024
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The meat industry is making a last-ditch effort to fight against California’s recently upheld Proposition 12 and animal protection laws like it. The proposed EATS Act could undo decades of animal protection progress if passed. Fortunately, a strong coalition of organizations is fighting back.

This past week, a diverse group of 158 organizations, including Animal Equality, signed a letter opposing the EATS Act and any related legislation. The letter was submitted to the House and Senate Agriculture Committee and various other House and Senate offices.

Opponents of the EATS Act include animal and environmental protection, public health, labor, and veterinary professional organizations. Over 200 members of Congress, 1,200 U.S. farms, and industry leaders–including two of America’s largest pork producers–have joined the opposition. 

The threat to animals of the EATS Act

The EATS Act, short for “Ending Agricultural Trade Suppression,” was introduced by Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS) and Representative Ashley Hinson (R-IA). The proposed legislation could erase a wide range of state and local animal protection laws.

Legislation like California’s Proposition 12 (“Prop 12”), which establishes minimum space requirements for mother pigs, veal calves, and egg-laying hens, are at risk. Prop 12 was recently challenged by the meat industry before the Supreme Court of the United States. Ultimately, the Court upheld Prop 12, which is now being called “one of the strongest animal protection laws” in the U.S. 

The EATS Act was introduced as a further attempt to strike down Prop 12 and laws like it. The meat industry claims these laws will greatly increase costs for consumers. However, studies by the California Department of Food & Agriculture estimate the cost to consumers is only between $8 and $10 per year. 

Of course, the industry is fighting to strike down animal protection laws to protect its own profits. This narrow focus is likely clouding the judgment of EATS Act supporters, who fail to see the widespread harm of the proposed legislation.

Since the EATS Act would broadly limit a state’s ability to enforce its own standards for agricultural products sold within its borders, the legislation doesn’t just threaten millions of farmed animals. It also puts laws regulating food safety, child labor, and puppy mills at risk. 

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Opposing the EATS Act

On Wednesday, September 13, various House and Senate offices–including the House and Senate Agriculture Committee–received a letter signed by dozens of organizations, including Animal Equality. The letter stated the coalition’s “strong opposition” to the EATS Act and outlined the widespread harm that would be caused if the bill passes. The letter ends with a plea to House and Senate members to “reject the EATS Act.”

Animal Equality, alongside this strong coalition, is dedicated to fighting against this harmful legislation and protecting farmed animals with your support!

You can join our fight by urging your local lawmakers to oppose the EATS Act by using this simple form.


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