House Bill Would Amend Animal Welfare Act to Require Information Sharing with Localities and States

House Bill 6100 would amend the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) to “increase enforcement” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture by requiring the agency to share all AWA violations and non-compliances with state and local animal control and humane law enforcement agencies within twenty-four hours of when the agency’s inspectors documented the non-compliances. Rep. Cynthia Axne is the lead sponsor of the bill, which has been referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.