Pet Safety and Protection Act Reintroduced
The Pet Safety and Protection Act has been reintroduced in the 110th Congress as H.R. 1280 by Representatives Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Phillip English (R-PA) and as S. 714 by Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI). This legislation would prohibit the sale of random source dogs and cats to laboratories by Class B dealers, thereby protecting companion animals and stray animals (who may be lost or stolen family pets) from being sold for research purposes.
The Society for Animal Protective Legislation received a letter in support of these companion bills from Dr. Robert R. Whitney, who worked at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for more than 20 years, serving as Director of the National Center for Research Resources and later as Deputy Surgeon General. He confirmed that random source dogs from Class B dealers are not used for NIH intramural research, stating that "[t]he continued existence of these virtually unregulatable Class B dealers erodes the public confidence in our commitment to appropriate procurement, care and use of animals in the important research to better the health of both humans and animals."
SAPL Congressional Directory Now Available
The Society for Animal Protective Legislation asks that its constituents contact Members of Congress on various animal welfare bills and issues. Now it is easier to locate your elected officials, as we have just released a portable directory of the 110th Congress. The handy full-color booklet includes contact information for all federal legislators and House and Senate committees. If you are interested in purchasing a copy for the cost price of $12 (includes S&H), please contact our office by phone or send a check or money order to:
Society for Animal Protective Legislation
Attn: Congressional Directory Order
P.O. Box 3719
Washington, DC 20027
Legislators Support American Horses
American horses, whether they are wild or former racehorses and pets, are closer than ever to receiving permanent protection from slaughter for human consumption.
In late April, the US House of Representatives voted 277 to 137 in support of H.R. 249, reaffirming what it originally declared in 1971—that America's wild, free-roaming horses and burros must be saved from commercial exploitation and the cruel slaughter industry. The bill restores decades-old protections that were stripped away in 2004 with the passage of a rider slipped in to an appropriations bill without public awareness or Congressional oversight. It must now go before the US Senate before becoming law.
Just one day before this important victory, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a mark-up for S. 311, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, voting 15 to 7 in favor of sending the bill to be considered before the full Senate. While the three remaining foreign-owned slaughter plants in the United States were shut down this year following court decisions, passage of the bill is critical to ensure that horses are protected from slaughter forever, and that they are not exported elsewhere to be killed for the same purpose.
The Illinois House of Representatives also took a step to stop the slaughter this April. Legislators voted 74 to 41 in favor of H.B. 1711, a bill to ban horse slaughter for human consumption in the state, which is home to the Cavel International plant. Representative Bob Molaro reintroduced the bill this year and spoke on the floor of the House before the landslide victory. Compassionate actress Bo Derek also aided the campaign as a spokesperson for the Society for Animal Protective Legislation. H.B. 1711 will now move on to the Illinois Senate.
Pxlease urge your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the AHSPA.Write to:
The Honorable (name)
US House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
The Honorable (name)
Washington, DC 20510