Key Federal Legislation (2019-2020)

Updated Feb 13, 2019

  1. Federal Accountability in Chemical Testing (FACT) Act

  • Overview: If signed into law, this bill authored by Rep. Calvert (R-CA) would mandate that federal entities doing animal experimentation would need to have an inventory of how many animals they’re using, and convey related animal use trends for the purposes of long term-reduction and basic transparency.

  • Bill Number: H.R. 249, in the 116th Congress

  • NEAVS Position: SUPPORT

  • Learn More: Press release from Rep. Calvert. Read the bill text.

  • Take Action: Help pass this bill by clicking here to ask your Member of Congress to support passage of this legislation by cosponsoring HR 249.


2. Pet Safety & Protection Act

  • Overview: If signed into law, this bill by Rep. Doyle (D-PA) would protect companion animals from being abused in laboratory experiments. In order for a laboratory to acquire animals they have to use one of two kinds of dealers that are recognized by the USDA: Class A (“purpose-bred”) dealers and Class B (“random source”) dealers. The problem with Class B dealers are that they often purchase dogs and cats from “a network of suppliers with murky backgrounds” as Rep. Doyle describes it, and often these are dogs and cats were acquired from shelters, or from well-intentioned sellers of animals on websites who have no idea that the animals they’re selling will suffer in a laboratory for the remainder of its life, often in painful experiments that end in euthanasia.

  • Bill Number: H.R. 689, 116th Congress

  • NEAVS Position: SUPPORT

  • Learn More: Press release from Rep. Doyle’s 2017 version of this bill. Read the bill text.

  • Take Action: Help pass this bill by clicking here to ask your Member of Congress to support passage of this legislation by cosponsoring HR 689.

3. The Providing Responsible Emergency Plans for Animals at risk of Emerging Disasters (PREPARED) Act

  • Overview: If signed into law, this bill by Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) and Rep. Peter King (R-NY) would require animal labs, zoos, commercial animal dealers, and anyone else regulated under the Animal Welfare Act to have contingency plans in place to safely evacuate and care for animals in an emergency or disaster situation. euthanasia. Under current law, only facilities that are federally-funded are told to have a disaster plan, and the guidance for even those is insufficient. This legislation would improve current plans, and broaden the universe of who has to have a disaster plan to ensure that all animals suffering in captivity at least avoid the fate of being killed in the facility holding them because the facility failed to develop an evacuation plan.

  • Bill Number: H.R. 1042, 116th Congress

  • NEAVS Position: SUPPORT

  • Learn More: Press release from Rep. Titus. Read the bill text.

  • Take Action: Help pass this bill by clicking here to ask your Member of Congress to support passage of this legislation by cosponsoring HR 1042.