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Introduced February 12, 1997, by Gary Ackerman (D-New York) and referred to the Committee on Agriculture.
Section 1. Humane Living Conditions Required for Veal Calves.
The Animal Welfare Act (7U.S.C. 2131 et seq.) is amended--
(1) by redesignating section 29 (7 U.S.C. 2159) as section 30; and
(2) by inserting after section 28 (7 U.S.C. 2158) the following new section:
Section 29. Protection of Veal Calves
(a) Humane Living Conditions Required - Beginning one year after the date of the enactment of this section, no person shall raise a calf for the production of veal unless the person complies with the following requirements:
(c) Investigations and Inspections - For purposes of enforcement of this section, the Secretary may make such investigations or inspections as the Secretary considers necessary of any facility where calves are kept for the production of veal. Section 16 shall apply with respect to investigations and inspections conducted under this section.
Introduced February 6, 1997, by Jon Fox (R-Penn.) and referred to the Committee on Agriculture. This act may be cited as the "Animal Welfare Act Amendments of 1997."
Section Two expands the term "dealer" to mean any person who acquires, delivers for transportation or transports, buys or sells any animal for research, experimentation, teaching, exhibition or use as a pet, any dog for hunting or security purposes, or any dog or cat for breeding purposes. It also includes any operator of an auction but excludes an animal pound or shelter operated by or on behalf of a government entity that sells or provides animals to any dealer or research facility.
Section Three establishes licensing requirements for dealers that allow the Secretary of Agriculture to exempt dealers from licensing if the exemption will not affect the policy outline of the act and if the exempted activity does not involve the use of animals for research. Persons eligible for exemptions include retail pet store operators and persons who sell wild or exotic animals. Licenses shall not be issued or renewed to persons who have had a license suspended, revoked, or terminated due to a violation of the act or who have been convicted of a charge violating any treaty or Federal, State or local law including the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 or the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
Section Four prohibits unlicensed persons from acquiring animals, selling or offering any animal for sale, leasing or offering any animal for lease, transporting or offering to transport any animal, buying or offering to buy any animal, exhibiting or offering to exhibit any animal, transfering any animal, or engaging in any other business activity as dealer or exhibitor.
Section Five creates humane standards and record keeping at auction sales by dealers, research facilities, exhibitors, and by persons consigning animals to auctions.
Section Six outlines penalties. Licenses may be suspended or not renewed for up to 120 days if the Secretary believes that a licensed person has violated or is violating any provision of the act. If it is subsequently determined that a violation has occurred, the Secretary may suspend the person's license for an additional period of time. Other subsections address the administrative procedures to be followed with regard to notification of the charges and speedy adjuducation of the charges.
Section Seven allows the Attorney General to apply for an injunction whenever the Secretary [of Agriculture] has reason to believe the licensee should be enjoined from operating in violation of the act. The Secretary may make such a request when it is believed that the dealer, exhibitor, research facility, carrier or handler is dealing in stolen animals, is placing the health of any animals in danger in violation of this act, or is otherwise in violation of this act.
Introduced February 5, 1997, by Charles Canady (R-Fla.) and referred to the Committee on Agriculture. Referred to the Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry on February 11. Executive comment requested from USDA on February 11. This act may be cited as the "Pet Safety and Protection Act of 1997."
"Section 7 of the Animal Welfare Act is amended to read as follows: (a) Use of Certain 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 (c). (b) Selling, Donating, or Offering Dogs and Cats--No person, other than a person described in subsection (c), may sell, donate, or offer a dog or cat to any research facility or Federal research facility. (c) Permissible Sources--Persons from whom a research facility or a Federal research facility may obtain a dog or cat for research or educational purposes under subsection (a) and persons who may sell, donate, or offer a dog or cat to a research facility or a Federal research facility under subsection (b) are--(1) a dealer licensed under section 3 [of the Animal Welfare Act] who has bred and raised such a dog or cat; (2) a publicly owned and operated pound or shelter that--(A) is registered with the Department of Agriculture; (B) is in compliance with section 28(a)(1) and with requirements for dealers in section 28 (b) and (c); and (C) obtained such dog or cat from its legal owner, other than a pound or shelter; (3) a person who is donating such dog or cat and who--(A) bred and raised such dog or cat; or (B) owned such dog or cat for not less than 1 year immediately preceding the donation; (4) a research facility licensed by the Department of Agriculture; and (5) a Federal research facility licensed by the Department of Agriculture. "
The act does not require a pound or shelter to release dogs or cats to research facilities.
Introduced January 21, 1997, by Gary Ackerman (D-New York) and referred to the Committee on Agriculture. This act may be cited as the "Downed Animal Protection Act."
Title III of the Packers and Stockyard Act of 1921 is amended making it unlawful for any stockyard owner, market agency, or dealer to buy, sell, give, transfer, market, hold, or drag any nonambulatory livestock unless the animal has been humanely euthanized. The bill defines the terms "humanely euthanized " and "nonambulatory livestock." The bill also provides for civil and criminal penalties.
Introduced January 21, 1997, by Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. This act may be cited as the "International Dolphin Conservation Program."
This act amends the MMPA to allow authorizations for the incidental taking of marine mammals, including any species designated as depleted under the MMPA but not threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act, during commercial purse seine yellowfin tuna fishing in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean. It also removes provisions requiring that, for purse seine yellowfin tuna fishing, the goal of reducing incidental kill or serious injury to insignificant levels approaching zero be satisfied by the best safety techniques and equipment economically and technologically feasible. It also amends the Dolphin Protection Consumer Information Act regarding the circumstances in which tuna products may be labeled as "Dolphin Safe."
Related bill H.R. 408.
Introduced January 7, 1997, by Don Young (R-Alaska) and referred to the Committee on Resources. This act may be cited as the "African Elephant Conservation Reauthorization Act of 1997."
This act reauthorizes the African Elephant Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 4245) for the years 1997 through 2002.
Introduced January 7, 1997, by Bill McCollum (R-Florida) and referred to the Committee on Resources.
"Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the species commonly known as the Florida Panther is deemed to be an endangered species for purposes of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531)."
Introduced January 7, 1997, by Don Young (R-Alaska) and referred to the Committee on Resources and the Committee on National Security. This act may be cited as the "Sikes Act Improvement Amendments of 1997."
This bill amends the Sikes Act of 1960 to direct the Secretary of Defense to carry out a program of wildlife, fish, and game conservation on each U.S. military installation. It also requires an integrated natural resource management plan to be included in each program. It authorizes the Secretary to manage each military installation to provide: (1) for the conservation of fish and wildlife on each installation and sustained multipurpose uses of those resources; and (2) necessary or appropriate land management, forest management, and wildlife oriented recreation. Other provisions provide: (1) for the enforcement on miliatry installations of all Federal laws pertaining to natural resources conservation on Federal lands; and (2) for the extension through fiscal year 2000 the authorization of appropriations for natural resources conservation programs on military installations, as well as equivalent programs on other public lands.
Introduced January 7, 1997, by Elton Gallegly (R-Calif.) and referred to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.
Section 203 of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 is amended by adding at the end the following: (r) The head of a Federal agency having control of a canine that has been used by a Federal agency in the performance of law enforcement duties and that has been determined to be surplus property may donate the canine to an individual who was responsible for handling the canine in the performance of those duties
Introduced September 27, 1996, by Steve Gunderson (R-Wisconsin) and referred to the Committee on Agriculture. Executive comment requested from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on October 4. This bill may be cited as the "Animal Welfare Act Amendments of 1996."
Subsection (f) of section 2 of the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2132(f)) is amended to include the following definition of "dealer": Any person who, in commerce, for compensation or profit, delivers for transportation, or transports, except as a carrier, buys, offers to buy, sells, or offers for sale, leases, offers to lease, negotiates the purchase, sale, or lease of, or transfers-- (A) any animal, whether alive or dead, for research, experimentation, teaching, exhibition, or use as a pet; (B) any dog for hunting or security purposes; or (C) any dog or cat for breeding purposes. The definition of a "dealer" includes operators of auction sales; and any person who owns or leases premises which are used for trade days or flea markets at which the activities described in this subsection are conducted. A "dealer" does not include any pound or shelter operated by or on behalf of a municipality; or any governmental entity which sells or otherwise provides animals to any dealer or research facility.
Section 3 of the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2133) is amended to read as follows: No license shall be issued or renewed under this Act until the dealer or exhibitor has demonstrated compliance with the regulations and standards promulgated by the Secretary pursuant to this Act; to any person who has been convicted of, or entered a plea of nolo contendere or the equivalent thereto, to a charge of violating any treaty, Federal, State, or local law involving the care or treatment of, or record keeping for, animals; the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act; or any treaty, Federal, State, or local law for the protection of endangered or threatened species; to any person who has failed to pay a civil penalty which was previously assessed by the Secretary under this Act; or to any person whose license is suspended.
The Secretary may exempt persons from licensing and other requirements under this Act, subject to such conditions as the Secretary may prescribe in regulations.
Section 29(a) of the Animal Welfare Act is amended to read as follows: The Secretary [of Agriculture] shall notify the Attorney General whenever the Secretary has reason to believe that a dealer, exhibitor, research facility, carrier, or intermediate handler--is dealing in stolen animals, is placing the health of any animal in danger, in violation of this Act or the regulations or standards issued thereunder: or is otherwise in violation of this Act or the regulations or standards issued thereunder; and should be enjoined from operating in violation of this Act or the regulations or standards issued thereunder. After notification, the Attorney General may apply to the United States district court for the district in which the violator resides or conducts business for a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction to prevent such violator from operating in violation of this Act... Related bills: S. 2114, H.R. 3393, H.R. 3398.
Introduced September 24, 1996, by Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. This bill may be cited as the "Pet Safety and Protection Act of 1996."
Section 7 of the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2137) is amended to read as follows: 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 permissible source. Permissible sources include: (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 is registered with the Department of Agriculture and has 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 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 Department of Agriculture; or (5) a Federal research facility licensed by the Department of Agriculture. Related bills: H.R. 4249, H.R. 3393, H.R. 3398.
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