S. 714 (110th): Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2007

110th Congress, 2007–2009. Text as of Feb 28, 2007 (Introduced).

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110th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 714

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 28, 2007

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

A BILL

To amend the Animal Welfare Act to ensure that all dogs and cats used by research facilities are obtained legally.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2007.

2.

Protection of pets

(a)

Research facilities

Section 7 of the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2137) is amended to read as follows:

7.

Sources of dogs and cats for research facilities

(a)

Definition of person

In this section, the term person means any individual, partnership, firm, joint stock company, corporation, association, trust, estate, pound, shelter, or other legal entity.

(b)

Use of dogs and cats

No research facility or Federal research facility may use a dog or cat for research or educational purposes if the dog or cat was obtained from a person other than a person described in subsection (d).

(c)

Selling, donating, or offering dogs and cats

No person, other than a person described in subsection (d), may sell, donate, or offer a dog or cat to any research facility or Federal research facility.

(d)

Permissible sources

A person from whom a research facility or a Federal research facility may obtain a dog or cat for research or educational purposes under subsection (b), and a person who may sell, donate, or offer a dog or cat to a research facility or a Federal research facility under subsection (c), shall be—

(1)

a dealer licensed under section 3 that has bred and raised the dog or cat;

(2)

a publicly owned and operated pound or shelter that—

(A)

is registered with the Secretary;

(B)

is in compliance with section 28(a)(1) and with the requirements for dealers in subsections (b) and (c) of section 28; and

(C)

obtained the dog or cat from its legal owner, other than a pound or shelter;

(3)

a person that is donating the dog or cat and that—

(A)

bred and raised the dog or cat; or

(B)

owned the dog or cat for not less than 1 year immediately preceding the donation;

(4)

a research facility licensed by the Secretary; and

(5)

a Federal research facility licensed by the Secretary.

(e)

Penalties

(1)

In general

A person that violates this section shall be fined $1,000 for each violation.

(2)

Additional penalty

A penalty under this subsection shall be in addition to any other applicable penalty.

(f)

No required sale or donation

Nothing in this section requires a pound or shelter to sell, donate, or offer a dog or cat to a research facility or Federal research facility.

.

(b)

Federal research facilities

Section 8 of the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2138) is amended—

(1)

by striking Sec. 8. No department and inserting the following:

8.

Federal research facilities

Except as provided in section 7, no department

;

(2)

by striking research or experimentation or; and

(3)

by striking such purposes and inserting that purpose.

(c)

Certification

Section 28(b)(1) of the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2158(b)(1)) is amended by striking individual or entity and inserting research facility or Federal research facility.

3.

Effective date

The amendments made by section 2 take effect on the date that is 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act.