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Federal Legislation

Bills We Support (more will be added as we review): 

H.R.689: Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2019
This bill would amend the Animal Welfare Act to ensure that all dogs and cats used by research facilities are obtained legally.

  • Sponsor: Doyle, Michael F. [D-PA 18]
  • Latest Action: House – 01/18/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture
  • Massachusetts co-sponsors: none (as of 2/12/2019)

H.R.249: FACT Act (Federal Accountability in Chemical Testing Act)
This bill would amend the ICCVAM Authorization Act of 2000 to improve reporting about animal testing and alternative test method use by Federal agencies. The amendments would be in regards to the “Reporting Requirements” and “Provision of Information” sections.

  • Sponsor: Calvert, Ken [R-CA-42]
  • Latest Action: House – 01/04/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • Massachusetts co-sponsors: none (as of 2/12/2019)

H.R.614: Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act of 2019
This bill would make it illegal to possess, buy, or sell shark fins or any product containing shark fins. It would acceptable to possess a shark fin only if it was taken with a license or permit and used for noncommercial subsistence or for research purposes.

  • Sponsor: Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33]
  • Latest Action: House – 01/16/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources
  • Massachusetts co-sponsors: none (as of 2/12/2019)

H.R.724: PACT Act (Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act)
This bill will make it a federal crime to commit malicious cruelty to an animal on federal property or in interstate commerce.

  • Sponsor: Deutch, Theodore [D-FL-22]
  • Latest Action: House – 01/23/2019 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary
  • Massachusetts co-sponsors: Rep. Moulton, Seth [D-MA-6]
    Rep. Keating, William R. [D-MA-9]
    Rep. Clark, Katherine M. [D-MA-5]
    Rep. Kennedy, Joseph P., III [D-MA-4]
    Rep. Neal, Richard E. [D-MA-1]
    Rep. Lynch, Stephen F. [D-MA-8]

H.R.1002: WOOF Act (Welfare of Our Friends Act)
This bill would prevent a dog breeder whose USDA license has been suspended or revoked from continuing to operate through a new license acquired by someone else at the same address. Right now, it is possible for suspended/revoked breeders to evade enforcement by having family members apply for a new license, allowing the same business to continue as before.

  • Sponsor: Fitzpatrick, Brian [R-PA-1]
  • Latest Action: House – 02/06/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture
  • Massachusetts co-sponsors: Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2]

Bills We Oppose:

Coming soon…

For more information:

  • If your Senator/Congressperson has not signed on to a good bill (to support), please contact him/her and ask him/her to sign on as a co-sponsor.
  • To see a list of the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation in the 115th Congress, click here
  • To find out who represents you and how to contact your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators, visit http://www.wheredoivotema.com/
  • To see how the MA Congressional Delegation has scored in previous sessions of Congress, see the Humane Society Legislative Fund’s scorecards
  • To check on the status of a bill or to read the text, go to congress.gov
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