H. R. 1155
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 13, 2019
Ms. Titus (for herself, Mr. Mast, Mr. Ted Lieu of California, Mr. Zeldin, Mrs. Walorski, Mr. Gaetz, Mr. Brendan F. Boyle of Pennsylvania, Mr. Cohen, Ms. Kuster of New Hampshire, Mr. Buchanan, Mr. Turner, Mr. Stauber, Ms. Roybal-Allard, Ms. Norton, Mr. Hastings, Mr. DeFazio, Mr. Posey, Mr. Collins of New York, Mr. Beyer, Mr. Suozzi, Mrs. Brooks of Indiana, Mr. Katko, Ms. McCollum, Ms. Velázquez, Mr. Foster, Mr. Ruppersberger, Mr. Cicilline, Mr. Engel, Mr. Crist, Mr. Deutch, Mr. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, Mr. Soto, Ms. Bass, Ms. Lee of California, Ms. Clarke of New York, Ms. Wild, Ms. Jayapal, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Serrano, Mr. Guthrie, Mr. Welch, Mrs. Beatty, Mr. Carbajal, Mr. Yarmuth, Mr. Lowenthal, Mr. Hurd of Texas, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, Mr. David Scott of Georgia, Mr. Lawson of Florida, Mr. Aguilar, Mr. Blumenauer, Mr. Estes, Mr. Grothman, Mr. Lamb, Mr. Evans, Mr. Neguse, Mr. Cárdenas, Mrs. Lowey, Mr. Tonko, Mr. Quigley, Mr. Swalwell of California, and Ms. Johnson of Texas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs
To amend title 38, United States Code, to prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from conducting medical research causing significant pain or distress to dogs.
This Act may be cited as the
Preventing Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected Species Act of 2019 or the
PUPPERS Act of 2019.
Prohibition on Department of Veterans Affairs medical research causing significant pain or distress to dogs
Section 7303 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
In carrying out research, the Secretary may not purchase, breed, transport, house, feed, maintain, dispose of, or experiment on dogs as part of the conduct of any study that causes significant pain or distress.
In this subsection, the term
study that causes significant pain or distress—
includes any study classified to pain category D or E by the Department of Agriculture; and
does not include any physical exam, training program, or study relating to service or working dogs.
The amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act.