H.R. 746 / S. 388 “AWARE” Act
This bill increases animal comfort by requiring federal government agricultural research facilities to provide humane care for animals in their possession. It would require these facilities to meet the minimum standards in the Animal Welfare Act. Read this NPR piece about animal suffering at a federal animal research facility.
H.R. 1552 Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2015
This bill creates a definition for “medically important antimicrobial” in the FDCA. Using this definition, antibiotic use is limited to the treatment of sick food-producing animals and not as part of a regular diet.
H.R. 1258 Pets and Women Safety Act of 2015
The PAWS Act will provide additional protections for the animals of victims of domestic violence. It prohibits persons from committing the offenses of interstate stalking and interstate violation of protection order against pets. It grants restitution for veterinary costs caused by the offender and provides grants for emergency and transitional pet shelter and housing assistance for victims of domestic violence.
S. 27 Wildlife Trafficking Enforcement Act of 2015
This would apply the federal criminal code provisions regarding money laundering and racketeering to the Endangered Species Act, African Elephant Conservation Act, and the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act if the value of goods involved was over $10,000. Penalties for violation include increased fines and imprisonment. The money collected from fines and penalties would go to the benefit of the impacted species.
H.R. 2016/S. 1081 Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act
This bill would prohibit the use of any body-gripping traps by the National Wildlife Refuge System. Body-gripping traps are any traps intended to capture or kill animals by physically restraining any part of the animal’s body. Learn more.
S. 1214 John Rainey Memorial Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act
This bill would prohibit the sale and transportation of horses and equine parts for human consumption. It also modifies the FDCA to declare equine parts as unsafe for consumption.
H.R. 2858 The Humane Cosmetics Act
The Humane Cosmetics Act would phase out animal-based testing for cosmetic products in the United States in favor of cutting-edge testing methods, and eventually prohibit the sale in the US of cosmetics tested on animals in other countries, making sure that only safe and humane products enter the American market.
H.R. 2293 The Prevent Animal Creulty and Torture Act (The PACT Act)
This bill would empower the FBI and U.S. Attorneys to prosecute animal abuse cases that cross state lines.
H.R. 687 Protect Interstate Commerce Act
This is a stand-alone bill similar the “King Amendment” that was stripped from the 2014 Farm Bill. This legislation would prevent states from passing laws that would protect the welfare of all farm animals and overturn existing protections.
H.R. 1099 / S. 595 Hunter and Farmer Protection Act
These bills will weaken the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. They create new non-baited areas and alter the language of the Act to allow the taking of migratory birds on non-baited areas. Any area that may attract or lure birds that is created by normal agricultural practices would not be considered a baited area.
S. 90 Migratory Bird Treaty Amendment Act of 2015
This bill will weaken migratory bird protection by granting farmers, or hired hunters, immunity from the act under certain circumstances. It allows for the farmers to use bait to hunt birds if the current or proceeding year’s crop was destroyed or made economically impracticable by a natural disaster.
H.R. 697 African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act of 2015
This bill would increase the legal ivory market by removing some of the limitations currently in place to restrict ivory imports and exports. The bill would allow for the import of elephant hunting trophies and would require US Fisheries and Wildlife Service to place a law enforcement officer in each African elephant range country.
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