Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Humane Society Legislative Fund Is Working On Animal Protection Bills ....

The days are getting shorter, kids are going back to school and most importantly, Congress is back in session! We’re going to have a busy fall fighting for animals and I hope you’re as ready as we are to get some work done.
There are dozens of animal protection bills currently pending before Congress, and I wanted to let you know some of our key priorities, which are listed below. It’s important that we continue to gain co-sponsors on these bills to show there is strong bi-partisan support for these policies. But let’s not forget those lawmakers who have already sponsored or co-sponsored these bills -- we need to thank them and make sure they know we appreciate their efforts. 
Please take a moment to call Rep. Ann Wagner at (202) 225-1621 and Sen. Roy Blunt at (202) 224-5721 and Sen. Claire McCaskill at (202) 224-6154 and politely ask them to co-sponsor one of these important bills. By clicking on the bill you’re interested in, you can see if your legislator has already co-sponsored the bill, and if they have, please make sure to thank them!
The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (H.R. 2293/S. 1831) will complement the federal laws on animal fighting and crush videos as well as state anti-cruelty statutes by prohibiting extreme animal abuse when involving interstate commerce or on federal property.
The Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 2858) will phase out both the use of live animals in cosmetics testing and the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals following the lead of more than 30 other countries.
The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (H.R. 3268/S. 1121) will end the cruel practice of soring, in which unscrupulous trainers inflict pain on horses’ feet and legs to force them into an unnatural gait for the show ring.
The Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act (H.R. 1258/S. 1559) will amend the Violence Against Women Act to include protections for pets, and provide grants to domestic violence shelters to accommodate pets, so that abused women aren’t forced to choose between their safety and their pets.
The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 1942/S. 1214) will protect horses and consumers by prohibiting the transport and export of U.S. horses to slaughter for human consumption. Currently American horses are rounded up from random sources, many given drugs and medications over their lifetime not intended for human consumption and transported long distances to be slaughtered for food exports. 
The Animal Welfare in Agricultural Research Endeavors (AWARE) Act (H.R. 746/S. 388)will require that animals used in federal agricultural experiments receive the same basic animal care protections already required for private research labs. 
It’s vitally important that Congress hears from us and knows we’re paying attention, so please make that phone call today!
Thank you for all that you do for animals,
Mike Markarian
Humane Society Legislative Fund

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