Farm Bill Boosts Protection for Horses

Women whose horses have been harmed in domestic violence-related incidents will be able to seek restitution for veterinary care once the Pet and Women Safety Act, which is part of the Farm Bill approved by the full Senate last week, is signed into law.
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Passed by the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year, the Farm Bill won approval from the full Senate on Dec. 12. | Photo: iStock

Female domestic violence victims can now bring their horses with them when they enter emergency or transitional housing shelters under the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act. In addition, women whose horses have been harmed in domestic violence-related incidents can seek restitution for the animal’s veterinary care under the Act.

 The PAWS Act was included in HR 2, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the so-called Farm Bill) which funds USDA programs through 2023. Passed by the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year, the Farm Bill won approval from the full Senate on Dec. 12.

While PAWS designates pets, service animals, and emotional support animals for protection in domestic violence situations, the legislation does not classify horses as pets or companion animals. Rather, it establishes a separate category for equids

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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