Republican Rep. Young Kim, along with three others, introduced a new bill designed to protect animals facing food shortages. The Bring Animals Relief and Kibble (BARK) Act would work to boost food supplies at animal shelters as the nation suffers from a supply chain crisis.
“Nearly 8 million animals are struggling from food shortages in shelters, while millions of pounds of useable pet supplies are wasted each year,” tweeted Kim.
Nearly 8 million animals are struggling from food shortages in shelters, while millions of pounds of useable pet supplies are wasted each year.
— Young Kim (@RepYoungKim) October 22, 2021
Kim says the BARK Act would work to reduce the millions of pounds of pet food wasted in landfills each year. She claims this would be done by offering both businesses and people liability protections if they make donations of pet supplies and food to shelters and nonprofits.
In recent months, animal shelters across the country have reported overcrowding, concerns about running low on pet food and a drop-off in charitable donations during the pandemic. The BARK Act amends current legislation allowing animal shelters more opportunities to receive donations “in good faith.
“I’m glad to help lead this commonsense, bipartisan effort to reduce waste in landfills and support animal shelters in need,” Kim said.
The BARK Act is currently backed by 20 co-sponsors in the House. Numerous nonprofits and animal rights groups support the legislation as well.
“This vital legislation will incentivize pet food donations to animal shelters and help reduce food waste,” the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals tweeted.
We’re thrilled to support the bi-paw-tisan #BARKAct! Thanks to @RepRaskin, @RepYoungKim, @RepLucyMcBath and @RepFredUpton, this vital legislation will incentivize pet food donations to animal shelters and help reduce food waste! pic.twitter.com/2a1QMTYNdI
— ASPCA (@ASPCA) October 22, 2021