To amend the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act of 1958 to ensure the humane slaughter of nonambulatory livestock, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Downed Animal and Food Safety Protection Act''.
SEC. 2. FINDING AND DECLARATION OF POLICY.
(a) Finding.--Congress finds that the humane euthanization of nonambulatory livestock in interstate and foreign commerce-- (1) prevents needless suffering; (2) results in safer and better working conditions for persons handling livestock; (3) brings about improvement of products and reduces the likelihood of the spread of diseases that have a great and deleterious impact on interstate and foreign commerce in livestock; and (4) produces other benefits for producers, processors, and consumers that tend to expedite an orderly flow of livestock and livestock products in interstate foreign commerce. (b) Declaration of Policy.--It is the policy of the United States that all nonambulatory livestock in interstate and foreign commerce shall be immediately and humanely euthanized when such livestock become nonambulatory.
SEC. 3. UNLAWFUL SLAUGHTER PRACTICES INVOLVING NONAMBULATORY LIVESTOCK.
(a) In General.--Public Law 85-765 (commonly known as the ``Humane Methods of Slaughter Act of 1958'') (7 U.S.C. 1901 et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 2 (7 U.S.C. 1902) the following:
``SEC. 3. NONAMBULATORY LIVESTOCK.
``(a) Definitions.--In this section: ``(1) Covered entity.--The term `covered entity' means-- ``(A) a stockyard; ``(B) a market agency; ``(C) a dealer; ``(D)...