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Federal Legislation

Bills We Support

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.

H.R. 1568 SAVE Right Whales Act
This bill would support and provide financial resources for North Atlantic right whale conservation programs and projects of persons with expertise required for the conservation of North Atlantic right whales, and for other purposes.

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.

H.R. 614, H.R. 737, S. 877: Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act of 2019
These bills 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.

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.

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.

H.R. 1776 Captive Primate Safety Act of 2019
This bill would amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to prohibit any interstate or foreign commerce involving nonhuman primates for the exotic pet trade, including sale, transportation, and acquisition. It is narrowly crafted to target the commerce in and private possession of primates, and would not impact zoos, circuses, universities, labs, or sanctuaries.

H.R. 1380 Big Cat Public Safety Act
The bill would amend the Captive Wildlife Safety Act to prohibit the possession of lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, cougars, or any hybrid of these species by individuals who are not licensed by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). It is narrowly focused on privately owned animals and includes exemptions for sanctuaries, universities, and zoos. Current owners are grandfathered in and are simply required to register their animals with the government to ensure that first responders and animal control officers are aware of the presence of such animals in their communities. This bill also restricts direct contact between the public and big cats.

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