Fitzpatrick introduces bipartisan bill to improve federal animal welfare protections

United States Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) signed on December 1 as the original lead co-author of a bipartisan bill that would increase enforcement of animal welfare law violations.

Introduced in response to the recent closure of an Iowa puppy mill accused of nearly 200 violations of the law before being closed by a court order, the Goldie Act, HR 6100, is named in memory of the ‘one of 500 neglected and abused dogs at the federally licensed facility, according to information provided by Representative Fitzpatrick’s office.

HR 6100, which is sponsored by U.S. Representative Cindy Axne (D-IA), would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to document and report all observed animal welfare law violations and consider sanctions against all the dog dealers who break the law. law, says the information.

“As a member of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, I have long championed legislation that promotes animal welfare,” said Representative Fitzpatrick. “I am proud to join Representative Axne in bringing forward this bipartisan legislation that will enforce protections under the Animal Welfare Act and hold animal abusers accountable, ensuring they receive punishments equal to violations. of cruelty to the animals they commit. “

If adopted, HR 6100 would require USDA to perform more frequent and improved inspections; confiscate suffering animals; impose penalties for violations; and share the inspection information in a timely manner with local law enforcement officials, according to the information.

“I was appalled to see the footage that came out of this Wayne County puppy mill, and even more disgusted to learn that these conditions had been known to the USDA for months – in blatant violation of the laws we already have in place to protect our pets. “said Representative Axne.” If a breeder can rack up nearly 200 animal welfare law violations with impunity, it is clear that there are loopholes in the current law that need to be addressed. “

HR 6100 currently has four other cosponsors, including US Representative Vern Buchanan (R-FL), and is supported by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the Humane Society Legislative Fund and the Humane Society of the United States.

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