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March 6, 2020

115th Congress             

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Introduced 1/9/2019
Donald Norcross
Current Co-Sponsors 13
House Resolution 34 supports the designation of a National Animal
Rescue Day to create awareness for animal rescue programs throughout
the year and address the challenge of overpopulation through continued
spaying and neutering.
1/9/2019  Referred to the House Committee
on Oversight and Reform.
Michael F. Doyle,
Current Co-Sponsors 28
As introduced, H.R. 689 would be cited as “Pet Safety and Protection Act of
2019” and amend the Animal Welfare Act 7 USC 2137 to ensure that all
dogs and cats used by research facilities are obtained legally.
2/8/19 Subcommittee on Livestock and
Foreign Agriculture
H.R. 724
Theodore E Deutch,  
Current Co-Sponsors
As introduced, H.R. 724, the “Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act” or
the “PACT Act” would make it unlawful for any person to purposely engage
in animal crushing in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce or within
the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, or
create or distribute crush videos with some qualifications.  
1/23/2019  House Committee on the
03/05/2019  Referred to the Subcommittee
on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.
10/16/2019  Motion to place bill on
Consensus Calendar filed by Mr. Deutch
Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to
suspend the rules and pass the bill, as
amended Agreed to by voice vote.(text: CR
Senate Committee on the Judiciary
discharged by Unanimous
Consent.(consideration: CR S6410)
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate
without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
Presented to President.
Signed by President.
Became Public Law No: 116-72. (
Gregorio Kilili Camacho
Sablan (D-Northern
Mariana Islands)
Current Co-Sponsors
As introduced, HR 737 would prohibit the sale of shark fins. Bill text.  Bill
summary: "This bill makes it illegal to possess, buy, or sell shark fins or
any product containing shark fins, except for certain dogfish fins. A person
may possess a shark fin that was lawfully taken consistent with a license or
permit under certain circumstances.
Penalties are imposed for violations under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery
Conservation and Management Act."
1/23/19 Referred to the House Committee on
Natural Resources
2/11/2019 Referred to the Subcommittee on
Water, Oceans, and Wildlife
03/26/2019        Subcommittee Hearings
Action By: House Natural Resources
Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and
09/18/2019        Subcommittee on Water,
Oceans, and Wildlife Discharged.
09/18/2019        Committee Consideration
and Mark-up Session Held.
09/18/2019        Ordered to be Reported by
the Yeas and Nays: 16 - 13.
11/08/2019  House
Reported by the Committee on Natural
Resources. H. Rept. 116-273.
11/20/2019        Passed/agreed to in House:
On motion to suspend the rules and pass
the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas
and Nays: (2/3 required): 310 - 107 (Roll no.
634).(text: CR H9077)
Senate - 11/21/2019 Received in the Senate
and Read twice and referred to the
Committee on Commerce, Science, and
H.R. 971
Katherine M. Clark,
Current Co-Sponsors 2
As introduced, H.R. 971 would amend title 18, United States Code, to
prohibit the possession of a firearm by, or the disposition of a firearm to, a
person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of animal
2/5/2019 House Committee on the Judiciary
03/22/2019        Referred to the
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and
Homeland Security.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
Introduced 2/6/2019
Brian K. Fitzpatrick,
Current Co-Sponsors  
As introduced, H.R. 1002 would amend the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit
the issuance of licenses to certain individuals connected to dealers of dogs
who have had licenses revoked, and for other purposes.   text pending
House Committee on Agriculture
03/01/2019  Subcommittee on Livestock and
Foreign Agriculture.
Action By: Committee on Agriculture
Dina Titus, [D-NV-1]
Current Co-Sponsors
117 (1 withdrawn)
As introduced, H.R. 1155 would amend title 38, United States Code, to
prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from conducting medical research
causing significant pain or distress to dogs and be cited as the “Preventing
Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected Species
Act of 2019” or the “PUPPERS Act of 2019”.
House - Veterans' Affairs
Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
Introduced 5/1/2019
Brian K. Fitzpatrick,
Current Co-Sponsors 43
As introduced, H.R. 2442, known as the “Puppy Protection Act of 2019”
would amend the Animal Welfare Act as follows:
Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2143(a)) is amended by adding at the end the
following new paragraph:
“(9) In addition to the requirements under paragraph (2), the standards
described in paragraph (1) shall, with respect to dealers, include
“(A) that such dealer
provide adequate housing for dogs that includes
“(i) completely solid flooring;
“(ii) indoor space sufficient to allow the tallest dog in an enclosure to stand
on his or her hind legs without touching the roof of the enclosure;
“(iii) with respect to dogs over 8 weeks in age, primary enclosures that, with
the length of the dog measured from the tip of the nose to the base of the
tail, provide at least—
“(I) 12 square feet of indoor floor space per each dog up to 25 inches long;
“(II) 20 square feet of indoor floor space per each dog between 25 and 35
inches long; and
“(III) 30 square feet of indoor floor space per each dog 35 inches and longer;
“(iv) enclosures that are not stacked or otherwise placed on top of or below
another enclosure; and
“(v) temperature control that—
“(I) is appropriate for the age, breed, and condition of the dogs in the
enclosure; and
“(II) is between 45 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit, when dogs are present in
the enclosure;
“(B) that a
ppropriate and nutritious food be provided to each dog at least
twice per day
, in an amount sufficient to maintain the good health and
physical condition of each such dog;
“(C) that each dog has
continuous access to potable water that is not
frozen and is free of feces, algae, and other contaminants
“(D) that
each dog has adequate exercise, including
“(i) for dogs over the age of 12 weeks, unrestricted access from their
primary enclosures during daylight hours to an outdoor exercise area that
“(I) at ground-level;
“(II) a solid surface;
“(III) enclosed (by a fence or other structure);
“(IV) properly controlled for the safety of the dogs; and
“(V) allows the dog to extend to full stride, play, and engage in other types of
mentally stimulating and social behaviors; or
“(ii) if the dealer obtains a certification from the attending veterinarian stating
that the dog should not have unfettered access to an outdoor exercise area
for a specific medical reason, an alternative exercise plan prescribed by the
veterinarian for the dog that meets the requirements under section 3.8a of
title 9, Code of Federal Regulations;
(E) that each dog has meaningful socialization with humans and
compatible dogs for at least 30 minutes each day that

“(i) includes positive interaction with a human such as petting, stroking,
grooming, feeding, playing with, exercising, or other touching of the dog that
is beneficial to the well-being of the dog; and
“(ii) does not include time spent in veterinary care;
(F) that each dog receives adequate veterinary care, including
“(i) prompt treatment of any disease, illness or injury by a licensed
“(ii) a thorough hands-on examination by a licensed veterinarian at least
once each year, which shall include a dental exam;
“(iii) core vaccinations recommended by the current version of the American
Animal Hospital Association Canine Vaccination Guidelines; and
“(iv) medications to prevent intestinal parasites, heartworm disease, fleas,
and ticks that are approved by a licensed veterinarian for canine use;
with respect to safe breeding practices for dogs, including
“(i) a screening program for known prevalent inheritable diseases that may
be disabling or likely to significantly affect the lifespan or quality of life of the
mother or her offspring;
“(ii) prohibiting breeding, unless each dog bred has been screened by a
veterinarian prior to each attempt to breed and is found to be free from
health conditions that may be disabling to, or likely to significantly affect the
lifespan or quality of life of, the mother or her offspring (as documented by a
licensed veterinarian upon examination);
“(iii) prohibiting the breeding of a female dog—
“(I) to produce more than two litters in any 18-month period; or
“(II) more than 6 litters in that dog’s lifetime;
“(iv) that female dogs of small breeds (having a maximum weight range at
maturity that is below 40 pounds) not be bred—
“(I) before reaching the age of 18 months; or
“(II) after reaching the age of 9 years;
“(v) that female dogs of large breeds (having expected weight ranges at
maturity that include 40 or more pounds) not be bred—
“(I) before reaching the age of 2 years; or
“(II) after reaching the age of 7 years; and
“(vi) that any canine caesarian section be performed by a licensed
that dogs be housed with other dogs, unless health or behavioral
issues make group housing unsafe
; and
“(I) to
make all reasonable efforts to find humane placement for retired
breeding dogs
(such as with an adoptive family, rescue organization, or
other appropriate owner for that dog, and not including selling at auction or
otherwise placing a retired breeding dog with another breeder for breeding
(b) CONFORMING AMENDMENT.—Section 13(a)(2)(B) of the Animal
Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2143(a)(2)(B)) is amended by inserting “subject to
paragraph (9),” before “for exercise of dogs”.
Not later than 18 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the
Secretary shall issue final regulations establishing the standards for the
care of dogs by dealers, as required by this Act.
Referred to the House Committee on
Referred to the Subcommittee on
Livestock and Foreign Agriculture.
H.R. 3103
Introduced 6/5/2019
John H. Rutherford
Current Co-Sponsors -
PAWS ACT  OF 2019 would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry
out a grant program under which the Secretary shall make grants to private
entities for the provision of service dogs to eligible veterans with
post-traumatic stress disorder, and for other purposes.
6/5/19 House Veterans' Affairs
Referred to the Subcommittee on