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Federal Bills to "ANIMALS" be voted on 2018
H.R.1438 - Refuge From Cruel Trapping Act
115th Congress (2017-2018)
Introduced in House (03/08/2017)
Refuge From Cruel Trapping Act

This bill amends the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 to prohibit the use or possession of body-gripping traps in the National Wildlife Refuge System. The bill imposes on persons who possess or use such traps in the System:
(1) for a first offense, a civil fine of up to $500 for each body-gripping trap possessed or used; and
(2) for subsequent offenses, a civil fine of up to $1,000 for each body-gripping trap possessed or used, imprisonment
for up to 180 days, or both such a civil fine and imprisonment. 

The bill makes any body-gripping traps that are possessed or used in isolation of this bill, and any wildlife captured by the use of such traps, including the pelts and raw fur, subject to civil forfeiture. 
Persons found to be in violation of such prohibition shall pay all associated court costs
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1438


S.322 & H.R.909 - Pet and Women Safety Act of 2017
115th Congress (2017-2018)
Introduced in Senate (02/07/2017)
Pet and Women Safety Act of 2017

This bill amends the federal criminal code to broaden the definition of stalking to include conduct that causes a person to experience a reasonable fear of death or serious bodily injury to his or her pet. Additionally, an interstate violation of a protection order includes interstate travel with the intent to violate a protection order against a pet that is included within the scope of the protection order. The bill specifies the applicable criminal penalty—a prison term of up to
five years, a fine, or both—for a person who commits an interstate violation of a protection order against a pet.

With respect to a defendant who commits a domestic violence offense or an interstate violation of a protection order, mandatory restitution in the "full amount of victim's losses" includes costs incurred for  veterinary services related to the pet. The bill directs the Department of Agriculture to award grants for shelter and housing assistance and support services for domestic violence victims with pets.
Finally, it expresses the sense of Congress that states should include, in domestic violence protection orders, protections against violence or threats against a person's pet
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/322
S.654 & H.R.1494 - PACT Act
115th Congress (2017-2018)
Passed Senate without amendment (12/14/2017)
(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary
has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.)
Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act or the PACT Act

(Sec. 2) This bill amends the federal criminal code to revise and expand provisions with respect to animal crushing.

It retains existing criminal offenses that prohibit knowingly creating
or distributing an animal crush video using interstate commerce. The
bill
also adds a new provision to criminalize an intentional act of animal
crushing. A violator is subject to criminal penalties—a fine, a prison
term of up to seven years, or both.

It provides additional exceptions for conduct, or a video of conduct,
including conduct that is: (1) medical or scientific research, (2)
necessary to protect the life or property of a person, (3) performed as
part of euthanizing an animal, or (4) unintentional.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/654
H.R.3197 - PUPPERS Act of 2017
115th Congress (2017-2018 Introduced in House (07/12/2017)
Preventing Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected
Species
Act of 2017 or the PUPPERS Act of 2017

This bill prohibits the Department of Veterans Affairs, in carrying out research within the Veterans Health Administration, from purchasing, breeding, transporting, housing, feeding, maintaining, disposing of, or experimenting on dogs as part of the conduct of any study that causes significant pain or distress.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3197

S.503 & H.R.1368 - Animal Welfare Accountability and Transparency Act
115th Congress (2017-2018)
Introduced in Senate (03/02/2017)
Animal Welfare Accountability and Transparency Act 

This bill requires the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to maintain and publicly disclose records relating to the administration of the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act, including specified details regarding inspections, enforcement actions, regulations, registrations, and licenses under the two laws. Within 90 days of the enactment of  bill, USDA must make the records available to the public in an online searchable database in a machine-readable format on its website. 

The bill also amends the Internal Revenue Code to require a taxpayer who has been convicted or assessed civil penalties for violating certain provisions of the Animal Welfare Act or the Horse Protection Act to use the alternative depreciation system that increases the number of years over which property is depreciated. The taxpayer must use the system for any property placed in service during the five-year period beginning with the year in which the period for seeking judicial review of a civil 
penalty has lapsed or in which there has been a final judgment entered with respect to the violation, whichever is earlier.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/503
S.164 & H.R.424 - A bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior to
reissue the final rules relating to the listing of the gray wolf in the Western
Great Lakes and the State of Wyoming under the Endangered Species
Act of 1973.
115th Congress (2017-2018
Introduced in Senate (01/17/2017)
Reported to House without amendment (01/08/2018) 

This bill requires the Department of the Interior to reissue two rules
that removed protections under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 
the gray wolf populations located in Wyoming and the western Great Lakes
(all of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota, as well as portions of
North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio). In
addition, this bill prohibits judicial review of the reissued rules.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/164
H.R.1847 - PAST Act
115th Congress (2017-2018) 
Introduced in House (03/30/2017)
Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2017 or the PAST Act 

This bill amends the Horse Protection Act to establish a new system for inspecting horses for soring, revise penalties for violations of the Act, and modify enforcement procedures. The soring of horses is any of various actions taken on a horse's limb to produce a higher gait that may cause pain, distress, inflammation, or lameness.
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) must establish requirements to license, train, assign, and oversee persons hired by the management of horse shows, exhibitions, sales, or auctions to detect and diagnose sore horses. A license may not be issued to a person with conflicts of interest, and USDA must give preference to veterinarians. USDA may revoke a license for unsatisfactory performance. USDA must assign licensed  after receiving notice that management intends to hire the inspectors.

An inspector must issue a citation for violations and notify USDA of
violations. USDA must publish information on violations of this bill and disqualify a horse that is sore. the bill prohibits a person in any horse show, exhibition, sale, or auction from causing or directing a horse to become sore for the purpose of showing, exhibiting, selling, or auctioning the horse.
The bill prohibits the use of specified devices on a Tennessee Walking, a Racking, or a Spotted Saddle horse at a show, exhibition, sale, or auction. 
The bill increases the maximum criminal and civil liability penalties
for certain violations. USDA may disqualify violators from specified
activities related to horse shows, exhibitions, sales, and auction.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1847
H.R.2790 - Humane Cosmetics Act
115th Congress (2017-2018)
Introduced in House (06/06/2017)
Humane Cosmetics Act

This bill prohibits testing cosmetics on animals, effective on the date
that is one year after enactment of this bill. No cosmetic may be sold or transported if the final product or any component was developed or
manufactured using animal testing after that date, effective three 
after enactment of this bill.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2790
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