Current Legislation

Federal Legislation

The 113th Congress convened on 1/3/13.  We will update this page as new federal legislation is filed.

Signed into Law!

Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act (H.R. 366)
Signed into law February 2014!
Prohibits people from knowingly attending animal fighting events and exposing minors to animal fighting. Signed into law as part of the Agricultural Act of 2014

Bills to support:

 Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act (H.R. 3513)
This bill would prohibit body-gripping traps, including conibears, legholds, and snares, from being used on National Wildlife Refuge lands.

MA Co-sponsors:
Rep. Jim McGovern

Animal Emergency Planning Act of 2014 (H.R. 4524)
This bill would require all facilities regulated under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) to have emergency plans that would prepare the facilities to protect animals in their care during natural disasters or other emergency situations.

MA Co-sponsors: No MA federal legislators have signed onto this bill

PAWS Act (Pets and Women Safety Act of 2014) (H.R. 5267)
This bill would protect gaited horses from various forms of soring, including the use of sharp objects and harmful chemicals, which are used to artificially create an exaggerated high-stepping gait in Tennessee Walking Horses and other gaited breeds to give them unfair advantage during horse show competitions.

MA Co-sponsors:

Rep. Michael Capuano Rep. Joe Kennedy III Rep. John Tierny    
Rep. Katherine Clark (bill sponsor) Rep. Jim McGovern Rep. Niki Tsongas    
Rep. Bill Keating  Rep. Richard Neal    


Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (S. 1406/H.R. 1518)
This bill would protect gaited horses from various forms of soring, including the use of sharp objects and harmful chemicals, which are used to artificially create an exaggerated high-stepping gait in Tennessee Walking Horses and other gaited breeds to give them unfair advantage during horse show competitions.

MA Co-sponsors:

All MA federal legislators have signed onto these bills!

Captive Primate Safety Act (S. 1463/H.R. 2856)
This bill would amend the Lacy Act to prohibit interstate commerce in monkeys, apes, and other nonhuman primates for the exotic pet trade.

MA Co-sponsors:

All MA federal legislators have signed onto these bills!

Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (S. 541)
This bill would protect gaited horses from various forms of soring, including the use of sharp objects and harmful chemicals, which are used to artificially create an exaggerated high-stepping gait in Tennessee Walking Horses and other gaited breeds to give them unfair advantage during horse show competitions.

MA Co-sponsors: (all MA senators have signed on!)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren        
Sen. Ed Markey        
         

Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2013 (H.R. 2224)
This bill would prohibit research facilities from paying for "random source" cats and dogs. The bill aims to prevent animal theft and other fraudulent animal acquisitions.

MA Co-sponsors:

Rep. Michael Capuano Rep. Jim McGovern      
Rep. Katherine Clark Rep. John Tierny      
Rep. Bill Keating  Rep. Niki Tsongas    

Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act (S. 1256/H.R. 1150)
This bill would phase out routine nontherapeutic use of antibiotics in farm animals - a common practice to promote growth and compensate for overcrowded, stressful, unsanitary conditions on factory farms - in order to maintain the effectivemess of these medication for treating humans and animals.

MA Co-sponsors:

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Rep. Niki Tsongas      
Sen. Ed Markey Rep. John Tierny      
Rep. Jim McGovern        

Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 4148)
This bill would prohibit the use or contracted use of cosmetic animal testing in the U.S. It also prohibits the sale or transport in interstate commerce of any cosmetic products (final product or any component) developed or manufactured using animal testing.

MA Co-sponsors:

Rep. Michael Capuano Rep. Jim McGovern      
Rep. Katherine Clark Rep. John Tierny      
Rep. Stephen Lynch      




Bills to oppose:

 

 

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