Many innovative and groundbreaking humane laws were introduced in Congress last year. These covered a variety of issues, ranging from animal fighting and horse slaughter to Internet hunting and captive primates. As session came to a close for 2005, however, most of these bills were still pending. Following are just some of the bills that the ASPCA—and you, animal advocates—lobbied for last year:
- The Pet Animal Welfare Statute, which would amend the Animal Welfare Act to cover facilities in which more than six litters of dogs or cats are born per year, as well as breeders who annually sell more than 25 dogs and cats. Passage of this legislation would require that these breeders be licensed by the USDA and comply with standards of care set forth in the Animal Welfare Act.
- The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act, introduced by Representative Tom Lantos (D-CA), which would require the director of FEMA to take into account the needs of individuals with household pets and service animals when making local and federal emergency plans.
- The Captive Primate Safety Act, which would ban interstate commerce in apes, monkeys, marmosets, lemurs and other nonhuman primates for the pet trade.