Press Release

San Francisco’s Factory Farm Moratorium Applauded by Animal Wellness Brands

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution that supports a moratorium on the construction and expansion of animal feeding operations, factory farms, and slaughterhouses in the state of California. The resolution also encourages the federal government to support the Farm System Reform Act, reintroduced earlier this year in the United States Senate by U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ). The companion legislation was reintroduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA).

“San Francisco is setting an example to the rest of the state and country that the time is now to take action against factory farm expansion,” noted Brandon Burr, Director of Food Policy for Animal Wellness Action and the Center for a Humane Economy. “The animals raised for food at these concentrated animal feeding operations endure immense suffering and cruelty. And from an environmental standpoint, our planet cannot sustain perpetual expansion.”

Animal Wellness Action’s (AWA) endorsement of the Farm System Reform Act is just one facet of its broader factory farm campaign. Earlier this year, AWA was instrumental in the introduction of the Opportunities for Fairness in Farming (OFF) Act, led by Reps. Dina Titus, D-Nev., and Nancy Mace, R-S.C. in the U.S. House, and Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, Cory Booker, D-N.J., Rand Paul, R-Ky., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. in the U.S. Senate. The measure would better protect and support America’s smaller family farmers from the corruption within the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Commodity Checkoff Programs such as the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), and National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).

Animal Wellness Action is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) whose mission is to help animals by promoting laws and regulations at federal, state and local levels that forbid cruelty to all animals. The group also works to enforce existing anti-cruelty and wildlife protection laws. Animal Wellness Action believes helping animals helps us all. Twitter: @AWAction_News

Center for a Humane Economy is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3) whose mission is to help animals by helping forge a more humane economic order. The first organization of its kind in the animal protection movement, the Center encourages businesses to honor their social responsibilities in a culture where consumers, investors, and other key stakeholders abhor cruelty and the degradation of the environment and embrace innovation as a means of eliminating both. The Center believes helping animals helps us all. Twitter: @TheHumaneCenter

Animal Wellness Foundation is a Los Angeles-based private charitable organization with a mission of helping animals by making veterinary care available to everyone with a pet, regardless of economic ability. We organize rescue efforts and medical services for dogs and cats in need and help homeless pets find a loving caregiver. We are advocates for getting veterinarians to the front lines of the animal welfare movement; promoting responsible pet ownership; and vaccinating animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support policies that prevent animal cruelty and that alleviate suffering. We believe helping animals helps us all.