"They're saying, 'Everybody cares about cats and dogs, but they don't care enough about cows, pigs and chickens to stop eating them,'" Carswell said. "'So let's separate cats and dogs out from them.'"
Under the bill, many first-time abuses of a farm animal would be classified as a misdemeanor instead of a felony. Livestock is not explicitly protected from medical neglect, so farmers could refuse treatment to ill or injured animals, even though it would be illegal to do so for one's pet.
The bill also prohibits local governments from enacting higher standards for farm animal welfare.