H. R. 2849
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 23, 2015
Mr. Michael F. Doyle of Pennsylvania (for himself and Mr. Smith of New Jersey) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture
To amend the Animal Welfare Act to ensure that all dogs and cats used by research facilities are obtained legally.
This Act may be cited as the
Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2015.
Protection of pets
Section 7 of the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2137) is amended to read as follows:
Sources of dogs and cats for research facilities
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.
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).
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.
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—
a dealer licensed under section 3 that has bred and raised the dog or cat;
a publicly owned and operated pound or shelter that—
is registered with the Secretary;
is in compliance with section 28(a)(1) and with the requirements for dealers in subsections (b) and (c) of section 28; and
obtained the dog or cat from its legal owner, other than a pound or shelter;
a person that is donating the dog or cat and that—
bred and raised the dog or cat; or
owned the dog or cat for not less than 1 year immediately preceding the donation;
a research facility licensed by the Secretary; and
a Federal research facility licensed by the Secretary.
A person that violates this section shall be fined $1,000 for each violation.
A penalty under this subsection shall be in addition to any other applicable penalty.
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.
Federal research facilities
Section 8 of the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2138) is amended—
Sec. 8. No department and inserting the following:
Federal research facilities
Except as provided in section 7, no department
research or experimentation or; and
such purposes and inserting
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.
The amendments made by section 2 take effect on the date that is 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act.