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25 March 2000 Issue
Pending Congressional Bills

Surprisingly, there are more animal-protection or animal-cruelty bills awaiting House or Senate approval than ever before, in this country's legislative history.

* The Downed Animal Protection Act (S515, HR443), makes it illegal to transport nonambulatory cattle, sheep, swine, horses, mules, goats.

* The Dog and Cat Protection Act (S1197, HR1622), prohibits import of products made with dog or cat fur and bans sale, manufacture, transportation, distribution of products made with dog or cat fur in the U.S.

* Safe Air Travel Act for Pets (S1193, HR2776), requires airlines to install proper ventilation, temperature controls for pets on planes and increases amount of compensation that airlines are liable for when pet is injured or killed.

* Captive Elephant Protection Act (HR2929), prohibits interstate or foreign commerce that knowingly makes available any elephant for use in traveling show or circus, or for purpose of elephant rides.

* The Bear Protection Act (S1109), prohibits import, export, and interstate commerce of bear organs; aimed at eliminating poaching of America's bears for profit.

* Steel Jaw Leghold Trap Bill (S1006, HR1581), would end use of barbaric steel-jawed leghold traps on animals in the U.S.

* The Great Ape Conservation Act (S1007), provide financial resources for conservation projects aimed at protecting great apes in wild from threats like poaching and habitat infringement.

* Bill to Legitimize Non-Animal Research Alternatives (S1495), promotes the regulatory acceptance of alternative, non-animal based tests required by federal agencies to test product safety and effectiveness. Seeks to permanently establish the Inter-Agency Coordinating Committee for the Validation of Alternative Methods.

* Cockfighting Interstate Transport Bill (HR 1275), this bill would close the loophole in the Animal Welfare Act that allows cockfighters to transport birds interstate to states where cockfighting remains legal.

* Chimp Sanctuary Bill (H.R. 3514), seeks to establish a national network of sanctuaries that would ensure the humane retirement of chimpanzees from research laboratories.

* The Captive Exotic Animal Protection Act (H.R.-1202), bans the transport or possession in interstate or foreign commerce of a confined exotic animal, to be slaughtered or injured as a means of "entertainment" or "trophy".

Source: KLinJoy@aol.com 

 

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