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SUBJECT
STATUS
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S. 2

Introduced 6/11/18
Pat Roberts
(R-KA)
Current
Co-Sponsors
6/19/18 - 1
S.3042 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:
now Sec. 12513. Report on the importation of live dogs.
S.3042 as reported to Senate   
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 requiring the
Department of Transportation to establish a standard of service animal
behavior training that an individual with a disability shall adhere to in seeking
accommodation involving a service animal from an air carrier, including any
foreign air carrier, providing air transportation. Any individual who knowingly
and willfully makes a false statement to obtain an accommodation involving a
service animal from an air carrier is subject to specified criminal penalties.
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
Senate Amendments to H.R. 2     
6/28/18   S.Amdt.3390 to S.Amdt.3224   — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Purpose: To prohibit the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption.
Sponsor: Sen. Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [D-NY] (Submitted 06/28/2018)
(Proposed 06/28/2018) Latest Action: 06/28/18 Amendment SA 3390 agreed
to in Senate by Unanimous Consent
                                                            
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.
6/21/18 pass 213-211 (2)
6/21/18 Senate
SENATE ACTIONS adopting
amendments
Senate Floor 6/28/18
pass 86-11(3)    
House Actions regarding
conferencing, last 8/2
09/05/2018-9:30am                
Conference held.
Action By: Both Chambers
 
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
11/6/2018 - 45
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
9/7/17 - 51
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
9/10/2018 - 246
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. 4577
Introduced 12/6/17
Rep Mike D. Rogers
([R-AL-3]
Current
Co-Sponsors
12/12/2017 - 9
As introduced, amended and referred to the Senate on January 10, 2018, the
Domestic
Explosives Detection Canine Capacity Building Act of 2017 directs
the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to establish a working group
to determine ways to develop a decentralized domestic canine breeding
network to produce high quality explosives detection canines and modernize
canine training standards subject to specified details.
Passed House, referred to Senate
Committee on Commerce, Science, and
Transportation  
House Report
    
 
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.
 
H.R.6278
Introduced 6/28/18
Rep Katherine M.
Clark [D-MA-5]
Current
Co-sponsors
8/3/2018 - 7
As introduced, H.R. 6278, the “Animal Violence Exposes Real Threat of Future
Gun Violence Act of 2018” or the “AVERT Future Gun Violence Act of 2018”
would 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
cruelty; to the Committee on the Judiciary.
8/6/18 to the Subcommittee on Crime,
Terrorism, Homeland Security, and
Investigations
 
H.R.6720
Introduced 9/6/18
Rep Vern  
Buchanan [R-FL-16]
Current
Co-Sponsors
9/12/2018 - 9
As introduced, H.R.6720, the “Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2018”
would prohibit persons from knowingly slaughtering a dog or cat for human
consumption. In addition, the bill prohibits persons from knowingly
transporting, possessing, buying, selling, or donating: (1) a dog or cat to be
slaughtered for human consumption, or (2) dog or cat parts for human
consumption and applies to conduct in or affecting interstate or foreign
commerce or within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the
United States. However, it does not apply to an activity carried out by an Indian
for a religious ceremony.
9/7/2018 to Senate Agriculture,
Nutrition, and Forestry