2256 112th CONGRESS
H. R. 2256
To amend the Animal Welfare Act to ensure that
all dogs and cats used by research facilities are obtained legally.IN
THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 21, 2011
DOYLE (for himself, Mr. SMITH of New Jersey, Mr. DEUTCH, Mr. YOUNG of Florida,
Mr. FRANK of Massachusetts, Mr. ACKERMAN, Mr. KISSELL, Mr. FARR, Mr. FILNER, Mr.
NADLER, Mr. MORAN, Ms. HIRONO, Mr. PASCRELL, Mr. ROTHMAN of New Jersey, Mr. LEWIS
of Georgia, Ms. BERKLEY, Mrs. MALONEY, Mr. OLVER, Mr. GALLEGLY, Mr. LATOURETTE,
Ms. TSONGAS, Ms. ROYBAL-ALLARD, Mr. KUCINICH, and Ms. MCCOLLUM) 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.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States
of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the `Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2011'.
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.
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
`(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
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.
`(1) IN GENERAL- A person that violates this
section shall be fined $1,000 for each violation.
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:
`SEC. 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'.
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
SEC. 3. EFFECTIVE DATE.
made by section 2 take effect on the date that is 90 days after the date of enactment
of this Act.