Jan 152015
 

Although difficult to precisely define, puppy mills are large-scale, low-overhead breeding operations where profit is given priority over the welfare of the animals. Nearly all pet store dogs come from puppy mills. These puppies are covered under the Animal Welfare Act but its standards provide only minimum survival conditions for these animals, and enforcement is sorely lacking. Also, these protections only apply to puppy wholesalers, not to the considerable number of facilities selling online or directly to the public. Only about half our states have laws to protect against puppy mill abuse and cruelty. These animals often live in cramped, unsanitary cages without veterinary care, climate control or daily exercise, while being forced to produce as many offspring as possible.

Pending Legislations:

S.395 & H.R.847- Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act

I oppose reforming current puppy mill policy and wish to defeat S.395 & H.R.847

I support requiring puppy mill facilities to provide daily exercise for dogs that allow these animals to move sufficiently in a way that is not forced, repetitive, or restrictive, in an area that is spacious, cleaned at least once a day, free of infestation by pests or vermin, and designed to prevent the dogs from escaping, and wish to pass S.395 & H.R.847

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Jan 152015
 

The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) provides basic humane protections such as veterinary care, adequate food, transportation, housing and pain relief for animals under its jurisdiction. The AWA protects animals that are raised and slaughtered for consumption and covers some animals used in laboratory research. However, the mice, rats and birds used in medical and educational research are not protected under the AWA because they are currently characterized as “non warm-blooded animals” and therefore ineligible for AWA protection. These species make up an estimated 95% of the over 25 million animals used in U.S. laboratories today. Animal welfare advocates seek an AWA amendment proposal to extend the protections granted in this Act to these research animals. Researchers say animal research is necessary to save human lives and that whenever possible, they follow the informal three R’s rule – replacement, reduction and refinement, to reduce the numbers of research animals killed each year.

Pending Legislation: None

I oppose reforming current research animal policy

I support identifying a legislator who will sponsor legislation to extend the Animal Welfare Act protections to mice, rats and birds used for laboratory and educational research

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Jan 152015
 

Vivisection is the act of performing surgical experiments on living animals. Proponents of vivisection justify the taking of animal life as necessary to saving human lives. Vivisection opponents say all animal life should be protected and that only a society that respects and protects the lives of animals will do the same for its citizens. Many animal welfare advocates believe this type of experimentation is extremely cruel and not beneficial for human research, claiming these efforts and resources could be better spent. They say years of research have shown that imposing disease symptoms in an animal during an artificially controlled laboratory experiment cannot adequately predict or duplicate human disease. They believe basic physiological, metabolic and chemical differences among human and nonhuman animals often produce conflicting results and that vivisection is no better at predicting experimental results than flipping a coin.

Pending Legislation: None

I oppose reforming current vivisection policy

I support identifying a legislator who will sponsor a bill to ban the practice of vivisection

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