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Introduced
Roberts
Stabenow
S,__ Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 has been released but not yet numbered.
There is one pet related provision in the bill, as introduced in draft form:
Sec. 12503 Pet and Women Safety Authorizes appropriations for $3 million a year for FY
2019-2023 for a grant program to provide emergency and transitional housing assistance
for victims of domestic violence and their pets. Amends stalking and protection order
protections to include crimes targeting pets. Allows restitution to cover veterinary care
needed for victims’ pets. Provides criminal penalties for violence against the pets.
6/14/18 Senate markup of Farm Bill video      
Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry  
LEGISLATIVE TEXT RESOURCE
Perdue Amendment #6 As Modified (2018)  requires a report similar to HR2, Sec 11611
but providing for "estmates" rather than numbers of dogs imported for resale, excludes
personal pets, number of permits denied rather than dogs failing to meet requirements.
Senate Agricultural
Committee 6/13/18 pass 20-1
 
S.503
Introduced 3/2/17
Sen Ron Wyden
(D-OR)
Current
Co-Sponsors
2/28/18 - 9    
Animal Welfare Accountability and Transparency Act    
See H.R. 1368 below.  
SEN Com on Finance
 
S.2738
Introduced 4/24/2018
Richard Burr (R-NC)
Standard of service animal behavior training for air carrier passengers, S 2738 would
amend 49 USC 41705 adding (d) Service animals
Committee on Commerce,
Science, and Transportation
 
         
H.R. 2  
Introduced 4/12/18
Rep. K. Michael
Conaway (R-11-TX)
H.R.2 - Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 - "FARM BILL"  To provide for the reform and
continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through
fiscal year 2023, and for other purposes.
As Reported in House (05/03/2018) with amendments, see:
SEC. 11611. Report on dog importation.
Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of
Agriculture, in consultation with the Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Health and
Human Services, and the Secretary of Homeland Security, shall submit to the Committee
on Agriculture of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Agriculture,
Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate a report that contains the following information, with
respect to the importation of dogs into the United States:
(1) An estimate of the number of dogs so imported each year.
(2) The number of dogs so imported for resale.
(3) The number of dogs for which such importation for resale was requested but denied
because such importation failed to meet the requirements of section 18 of the Animal
Welfare Act (
7 U.S.C. 2148).
(4) The Secretary’s recommendations for Federal statutory changes determined to be
necessary for such importation for resale to meet the requirements of such section.

SEC. 11612. Prohibition on slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption.
The Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2131 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the
following new section:
“SEC. 30. Prohibition of slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption.
“(a) Prohibition.—No person may—
“(1) knowingly slaughter a dog or cat for human consumption; or
“(2) knowingly ship, transport, move, deliver, receive, possess, purchase, sell, or donate—
“(A) a dog or cat to be slaughtered for human consumption; or
“(B) dog or cat parts for human consumption.
“(b) Penalty.—Any person who violates this section shall be subject to imprisonment for
not more than 1 year, or a fine of not more than $2,500, or both.
“(c) Scope.—Subsection (a) shall apply only with respect to conduct in or affecting
interstate or foreign commerce or within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of
the United States.
“(d) Conflict with State law.—This section shall not be construed to limit any State or local
law or regulations protecting the welfare of animals or to prevent a State or local
governing body from adopting and enforcing animal welfare laws and regulations that are
more stringent than this section.”.

SEC. 11701. PROHIBITION AGAINST INTERFERENCE BY STATE AND LOCAL
GOVERNMENTS WITH PRODUCTION OR MANUFACTURE OF ITEMS IN OTHER STATES.
 
Same as
H. R. 4879

H.Amdt.630 At the end of subtitle F of title XI, add the following (and make such
conforming changes as may be necessary): SEC. 11613. EXTENDING PROHIBITION ON
ANIMAL FIGHTING TO THE TERRITORIES. (a) In General- Section 26 of the Animal
Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2156) is amended-- ***
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***. Sponsor: Rep. Roskam, Peter J. [R-IL-6] (Offered 05/18/2018) Latest Action: 05/18/18
On agreeing to the Roskam amendment (A045) Agreed to by recorded vote: 359 - 51

                                                                              
House Agriculture

05/18/2018-12:04pm
On passage Failed by the
Yeas and Nays: 198 - 213
(Roll no. 205).
Action By: House of
Representatives

House - 05/18/2018
POSTPONED
PROCEEDINGS - The Chair
put the question on the
motion to reconsider and by
voice vote, announced the
ayes had prevailed. Mr. Hoyer
demanded a recorded vote
and the Chair postponed
further proceedings until a
time to be announced.
 
H.Con.Res.46
Introduced 4/4/17
Rep. Ted S.Yoho,  
(R-FL-3)
Current
Co-Sponsors
4/4/17 - 2  
As introduced, House Congressional Resolution 46 expresses support for the
designation of a "National Purebred Dog Day" with a list of recitals about the history and
significance of purebred dogs.  
House Committee on
Oversight and Government
Reform
 
H.Res. 30
Introduced 1/6/17
Rep Alice Hastings
(D-FL-20)
Current
Co-Sponsors
5/8/2018  - 175
As introduced, H.Res. 30 Condemns the Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China, because it: (1)
is a spectacle of extreme animal cruelty, (2) is a commercial activity not grounded in
Chinese history, (3) is opposed by a majority of the Chinese people, and (4) threatens
global public health; urges banning and enactment of a law; reaffirms US commitment to
animal welfare.
House Foreign Affairs,
Subcommittee on Asia and
the Pacific
 
H.R. 1141
Introduced 2/16/17
Rep. Michael F.
Doyle (D-PA-14)
Current
Co-Sponsors
1/30/2018 - 44
As introduced, the Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2017 would amend the Animal Welfare
Act to limit sources of dogs and cats used by research facilities to (1) from a licensed
dealer, (2) from a publicly owned and operated pound or shelter that meets specified
requirements, (3) by donation from a person who bred and raised the dog or cat or owned
it for not less than one year, or (4) from a research facility licensed by the Department of
Agriculture.  
Congressional Record Statement   
House Agriculture
 
H.R. 1368
Introduced 3/6/17
Rep Earl
Blumenauer
(D-OR-3)
Current
Co-Sponsors
10/2/17 - 49
Animal Welfare Accountability and Transparency Act: To require the Secretary of
Agriculture to make publicly available certain regulatory records relating to the
administration of the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act, to amend the
Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the use of an alternative depreciation
system for taxpayers violating rules under the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse
Protection Act, and for other purposes.
House - Ways and Means;
Agriculture; Energy and
Commerce
 
H.R. 1406   
Introduced 3/7/17
Rep Alice Hastings
(D-FL-20)
Current
Co-Sponsors
5/16/2018 - 245
As introduced, the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017 would amend the
Animal Welfare Act to prohibit the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption.

A campaign of Social Compassion in Legislation    
House Agriculture
3/23/17Referred to the
Subcommittee on Livestock
and Foreign Agriculture.
Action By: Committee on
Agriculture
 
H.R. 4691
Introduced 12/20/17  
Rep Brian
Fitzpatrick (R-PA-8)
Current
Co-Sponsors
4/26/2018 - 14
As introduced, the Woof Act of 2017 “Welfare of Our Friends Act of 2017” would amend 7
USC 2132 to add additional relatives to family members of dealers and amend 7 USC
2133 to prohibit and restrict issuance and renewals of licenses based on enhanced
disciplinary criteria.
House Committee on
Agriculture
 
H.R. 4693
Introduced 12/20/17
Rep Brian
Fitzpatrick (R-PA-8)
Current
Co-sponsors
4/25/2018 - 15
As introduced, the Puppy Protection Act of 2017 would amend
7 USC 2143(a) to impose additional requirements and restrictions on housing and
breeding of dogs in dealer facilities.  
House Committee on  
Agriculture, 01/24/2018
Referred to the Subcommittee
on Livestock and Foreign
Agriculture
 
H.R.5780
Introduced
5/11/2018  
Rep Mike Bishop,
[R-MI-8]
Current
Co-Sponsors
5/24/2028 - 11
As introduced, HR 5780 would direct the Secretary of Agriculture to end the use of cats in
US Government facilities in experiments that cause pain or stress: may be cited as the
“Kittens In Traumatic Testing Ends Now Act of 2018” or the “KITTEN Act of 2018”
Adds to Animal Welfare Act, "“(b) Beginning not later than 90 days after the date of
enactment of this subsection, in carrying out research, the Secretary may not purchase,
breed, transport, house, feed, maintain, dispose of, or conduct experiments on cats as
part of the conduct of any study that would subject cats to potentially painful or stressful
procedures, including pain or stress that may be mitigated by anesthetics, analgesics, or
tranquilizer drugs, except when such pain or stress is a result of a physical exam or
training program.”


PRESS
https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/11/politics/cats-kittens-research-usda-bill/index.
html
House Committee on
Agriculture.