This is wonderful news!

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, December 19, 2019 /

/ — Today, the U.S. Senate passed a massive $1.4 trillion year-end spending package with a series of animal protection provisions, several championed by U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME).

The Rescuing Animals With Rewards (RAWR) Act, S. 1590

led by Collins and U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), was included, and Collins joined a bipartisan group of Senators in championing language to maintain the ban on horse slaughter in the U.S. that was included in the final package as well. The President is expected to sign the measure into law this week.

The RAWR Act would amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to authorize rewards for thwarting wildlife trafficking linked to terrorism and organized crime.