Congressional Animal Protection Caucus

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In my efforts to garner a sponsor for Little Man’s Law, I came across the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus and wanted to share some of their priorities.  As you can see, Little Man’s Law should be of great interest to them IF we can get their attention.  Take a look at the legislation below, and please sign the petition for Little Man’s Law.

Animal Welfare in Agricultural Research Endeavors (AWARE) Act – H.R. 746 / S. 388

This bill would require federally conducted agricultural research to meet the minimum standards of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). All federal agencies, regardless of their mission, should ensure that taxpayer funds are appropriately used in a transparent and humane manner.  Passage of the AWARE Act will require that research conducted at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) and other federally run facilities meet certain necessary benchmarks of other animal research.

Captive Primate Safety Act – H.R. 2920

This bill would amend the Lacey Act, which enforces civil and criminal penalties for the illegal trade of animals and plants, by adding nonhuman primates to the list of animals who cannot be traded and transported across state lines as pets. This legislation, which has passed both the House and Senate in previous Congresses, would accomplish for primates what the Captive Wildlife Safety Act – which Congress passed unanimously in late 2003 – did for big cats.

Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act – H.R. 1258 / S. 1559

This bill would prohibit threats or acts of violence against a person’s pet under the offenses of stalking and interstate violation of a protection order. It would also provide compensation to the victims of domestic violence and their pets by covering the costs of veterinary services and supporting entities providing housing assistance.

Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act H.R. 2293 / S. 1831

This bill would strengthen the animal crush video law and prohibit those extreme acts of animal cruelty when they occur in interstate or foreign commerce.

Humane Cosmetics ActH.R. 2858

This bill would make it unlawful for anyone to conduct or commission cosmetics animal testing in the United States. The bill would prohibit selling, offering for sale, or transporting any cosmetics in interstate commerce if the final product or any component was developed or manufactured using animal testing.

Safe Transport for Horses Act – H.R. 1282 / S. 946

This bill would prohibit a person from transporting a horse in interstate commerce in a motor vehicle (except a vehicle operated exclusively on rail or rails) containing two or more levels stacked on top of one another. It would also prescribe civil penalties for people who knowingly violate this prohibition.

Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act – H.R. 3286 / S. 1121

This bill would stop cruel soring of Tennessee Walking Horses and related breeds by amending the Horse Protection Act to end the failed industry self-policing system, ban the use of devices associated with soring, strengthen penalties, and make illegal the actual soring of a horse for the purpose of showing or selling the animal.

Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) ActH.R. 1942 / S. 1214

This bill would ban domestic horse slaughter and stop the export of horses for slaughter abroad, to prevent human health threats posed by the consumption of equines raised in the United States.

Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training (BEST) Practices ActH.R.1095 / S. 587

This bill would require the Secretary of Defense to use only human-based methods for training members of the Armed Forces in the treatment of severe combat injuries.

Global Anti-Poaching ActH.R. 2494

This bill would support global anti-poaching efforts, strengthen the capacity of partner countries to counter wildlife trafficking, designate major wildlife trafficking countries, and for other purposes.

Big Cat Public Safety Act H.R. 3546

This bill would amend the Captive Wildlife Safety Act to prohibit the private possession and breeding of big cats, with exemptions for larger facilities such as zoos, sanctuaries, state colleges, and universities.

Again, please sign the petition and help me make Little Man’s Law a reality.  Our pets’ lives depend on it.

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