Legislative Updates: 113th Congress
Rep. Deutch Cosponsors the Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2013
Congressman Ted Deutch has signed on as a cosponsor of the Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2013 (H.R. 2224). This legislation, introduced by Congressman Michael Doyle, would ensure that animals being used for research purposes are obtained only from very specific sources that must meet certain conditions.
Currently, the Animal Welfare Act regulates the treatment and care of animals during the other phases of the research period. However the law lacks a clear policy regulating from where these research animals are acquired. Some animal dealers deceive pet owners to convince them that their pet will be given to a caring home, but instead mistreat animals and sell them to research facilities.
This bill would prevent these injustices by amending the Animal Welfare Act to require that all animals being used for research purposes are obtained legally from a registered research facility, a licensed dealer, a licensed shelter, or a former owner. The research facilities must only go through these sources in order to ensure the animals are treated and handled safely and appropriately. As a member of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, Congressman Deutch is committed to ensuring the protection and welfare of animals.
To read more about H.R. 2224, click here.