Wildlife and Animal Welfare
As a member of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus and Ranking Member of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife, and Fisheries, animal welfare is an important issue to me. That is why I have supported several bills and funding efforts that will further the goal of healthy and humane treatment of animals and will help prevent animal cruelty and abuse. One example I’m very proud of is my work to end the captivity of marine mammals. Along with Rep. Adam Schiff, I co-led the effort in Congress to urge the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to update protections for captive marine mammals, and introduced the Strengthening Welfare in Marine Settings Act to end the future capture and breeding of whales for public display. Our efforts contributed to the historic announcement by SeaWorld in 2016 that it is phasing out orca captivity.
When legislating, we must consider the impact on our wildlife. That’s why I’ve advocated for provisions to provide safe wildlife crossings, secure native habitats, promote biodiversity, and prevent extinctions.
January 31, 2023
Rep. Huffman Elected as Democratic Leader of the Water, Wildlife, and Fisheries Subcommittee
August 25, 2022
Huffman Announces Historic Funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Headed to Klamath Basin
December 06, 2021
Huffman Calls for Updated Review on Endangered Polar Bears, Increased Protections from Climate Change and Fossil Fuel Development
March 04, 2021
Bipartisan bill targets global 'extinction crisis'
February 26, 2021
House approves bill giving California half million acres of new wilderness
February 25, 2021
California Democrats seek to add 535,000 acres of wilderness in state
February 24, 2021
Reps. Huffman, Schiff, Chu, Carbajal Join Virtual Event to Urge Passage of Bill Package to Preserve One Million Acres of CA Public Lands and Wilderness