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Wash. lawmakers score high on animal welfare issues

Wash. lawmakers score high on animal welfare issues

by Susan Wyatt

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KING5.com

Posted on November 30, 2011 at 11:00 AM

The Humane Society Legislative Fund has released their “Humane Scoreboard,” which tracks how legislators come down on issues affecting animal welfare.

The Humane Society Legislative Fund says the Scoreboard provides an easy way for constituents to assess where their federal lawmakers stand on animal protection issues, and helps chart the progress of HSLF's public policy work on behalf of animals.

Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray are co-sponsors of The Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act (PUPS Act). This bill would close a loophole in the Animal Welfare Act by requiring that large commercial breeders who sell 50 or more puppies per year directly to consumers via Internet or other means be licensed and inspected; and to require that dogs used for breeding at commercial breeding facilities be provided the opportunity to exercise daily.

Cantwell was an original sponsor of the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act of 2011. This bill would phase out the use of chimpanzees in invasive research, retire all (approximately 500) federally owned chimpanzees to sanctuary, and codify the NIH moratorium on breeding of these animals for invasive research.

Reps. Jay Inslee, Norm Dicks, Jim McDermott and Dave Reichert also co-sponsor the PUPS Act and the Great Ape Protection Act..

McDermott is also a co-sponsor of HR 2492 Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act of 2011, HR 198 Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act and HR 808 Department of Peace, to address violence against animals.

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