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350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130
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293 Second Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451
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100 Littleton Road, Westford, MA 01886
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1577 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA 02632
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400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844
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Federal Legislation

Bills We Support

Companion Animal Legislation

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. 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 dog breeders 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. 7826 – Greyhound Protection Act of 2020

This bill would phase out live greyhound racing. This bill also bans the use of live animals for training of greyhounds.

S. 4757, H.R. 2442 – The Puppy Protection Act

This bill would require stronger standards of care including increased enclosure sizes, solid flooring, exercise, socialization, proper veterinary care, and protection from extreme temperatures. It would also impose breeding limits and ensure that breeders make reasonable efforts to rehome retired dogs.

Marine Animal Legislation

H.R. 1568: SAVE Right Whales Act (Scientific Assistance for Very Endangered 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. 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 be 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.

Animals Used in Research Legislation

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 related to the “Reporting Requirements” and “Provision of Information” sections.

H.R. 2850: Humane Retirement Act

This bill requires animal care committees at entities that receive federal funds for biomedical or behavioral research to make reasonable efforts to find parties to adopt dogs and cats that have been retired from research. Prior to euthanizing, the animal care committee must assess the temperament of the dog or cat to determine whether it is suitable for adoption and, if so, make reasonable efforts to offer the dog or cat to an adopting party.

Wildlife Protection Legislation

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.

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.

S. 2121, H.R. 2863: Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act

These bills would amend the Animal Welfare Act to restrict the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling performances.

S.4749, H.R.8433 – Preventing Future Pandemics Act of 2020

These bills would address the public health risks posed by wildlife markets, and for other purposes.

Farmed Animal Legislation

S. 3221, H.R. 6718: Farm System Reform Act of 2019, 2020

These bills would place a moratorium on large concentrated animal feeding operations, strengthen the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921, and require country of origin labeling on beef, pork, and dairy products, and for other purposes.

Other Animal Protection Legislation

H.R.1042: Providing Responsible Emergency Plans for Animals at Risk of Emerging Disasters Act or the PREPARED Act

This bill establishes requirements governing the care of animals by entities, such as zoos, in emergencies or disasters. Specifically, the bill requires each research facility, dealer, exhibitor, intermediate handler, and carrier to develop and follow a contingency plan to provide for the humane handling, treatment, transportation, housing, and care of their animals in the event of an emergency or disaster.

* = Original cosponsor

Updated 11/4/2020

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