Taken from Humane Activist July/August 2015 – Humane Society Legislative Fund
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When you call your legislator’s office, ask to speak with the staff person handling animal protection issues. Give the bill number and the name of the bill or issue. Be polite, brief and to the point. If you plan to visit Washington D.C. make an appointment to meet with your legislators or their staff to discuss animal issues. We can help you with background information and may be able to accompany you on your visits.
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PETS AND CRUELTY
PREVENTING ANIMAL CRUELTY AND TORTURE [PACT] ACT H.R. 2293
To strengthen the animal crush video law and prohibit those same extreme acts of animal cruelty when they occur in interstate or foreign commerce. Sponsors: Reps. Smith, R-Texas; Deutch, D-Florida; Marino, R-Pa; Bluemenauer, D.Oregon.
PET AND WOMAN SAFETY [PAWS] ACT H.R. 1258
To expand federal domestic violence protections to include safeguards for the pets of abuse victims on a national level and to provide grant money for domestic violence shelters to better accommodate families and pets. Sponsors: Reps. Clark, D-Mass; Ros-Lehtinen, R-Florida
PETS ON TRAINS ACT H.R. 674/S. 1087
To require Amtrak to propose a pet policy that allows passengers to transport domesticated cats and dogs on certain Amtrak trains. Sponsors: Reps. Denham, R-Calif; Cohen, D-Tenn./Sen. Whitehouse, D-RI.
Animal Welfare in Agricultural Research Endeavors [AWARE] ACT H.R. 746/S.388
To remove a loophold in the Animal Welfare Act that exempts farm animals used for agricultural research at federal government facilities, to ensure that these animals receive the basic care required under the AWA. Sponsors: Reps. Blumenauer, D-Oregon; Fitzpatrick, R-Pa.; Buchanan, R-Florida; Slaughter, D-N.Y./ Sens. Booker, D-N.J.; Bluementhal, D-Conn.
Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act [PAMTA] H.R. 1552
To 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 effectiveness of these medicines for treating sick people and animals. Sponsor: Rep. Slaughter, D-N.Y.
Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training [BEST] Practices Act H.R. 1095/S. 587
To require the Department of Defense to develop, test and validate sophisticated human simulators for training members of the Armed Forces in the treatment of combat trauma injuries, with the goal of replacing live animal-based training methods. Sponsors: Rep. Johnson, D-Ga./ Sen.Wyden, D-Ore.