Untold thousands of pets perished after hurricanes hit the Gulf Coast in 2005 because rescue plans didn't allow for their evacuation. The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act would require local and state agencies to consider the needs of pets and service animals in disaster planning. The House passed HR 3858 by a 349-24 vote. Urge your U.S. senators to co-sponsor S 2548 and help get the PETS Act signed into law soon. Call 202-224-3121 to reach them.
The Captive Primate Safety Act (S 1509/HR 1329) introduced by U.S. Sens. James Jeffords (I-Vt) and Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) and U.S. Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Tx) and Rob Simmons (R-CT) would halt the interstate and foreign commerce in chimpanzees and other primates as pets. This bill was approved by a Senate Committee in May. Congress passed a similar law for tigers and other big cats in 2003. Regulations implementing the big cats law were proposed this year for public comment, which is a critical step in enforcing the law.
Ask your state legislators to support bills to prohibit the private ownership of exotics. To find out what bills are pending, visit www.hsus.org/stateleg. and urge your federal legislators to support the Captive Primate Safety Act (S 1509/HR 1329). To reach them, call the congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121.
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