List of current bills, their status and whether or not action is needed:
The bills listed below have been introduced in the 2013-14 session. Each has an action needed status. We will provide updates and alerts as they are introduced, move or are scheduled for votes. The best place to keep current is our Facebook page which is updated daily, or sign up for our e-newsletter, to receive email alerts when action is needed. Check here to see how your legislator voted on anti-cruelty bills: 2013-14 Humane PA Scorecard.
You may be the decisive factor in the way your legislator votes, so please contact your state legislators to ask for their support/oppose of these bills!
- SB 510: Live Animals as Targets - Bans the launching or tethering of live animals for target practice, including ending heinous live pigeon shoots or live turkey “block” shoots, where live turkeys are tethered to bales of hay and shot at for contests. Introduced by Senator Pat Browne + 22 Co-sponsors. Status: Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee. Action needed: Contact Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi to ask him to run SB 510 for a vote and your state senator to ask them to support.
- SB 82: Puppy Lemon Law - amends the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law, further providing for dog purchaser protection. This bill gives people who purchase sick puppies more time to discover, treat and report their puppy’s condition to the seller to demand a refund or replacement and grants greater consumer protection to people whose families purchase sick or dying puppies so that sellers can be held responsible. Introduced by Sen. Stewart Greenleaf +15 co-sponsors. Status: Passed Full Senate unanimously ! Onto the House!
- SB 340: Banning the Sale of Shark Fins – shark finning is an illegal process during which poachers catch sharks, remove their fins to sell, and then dump their bodies back into the ocean. Though the sharks are still alive, they are unable to swim without their fins and, ultimately, they suffocate, starve to death or are killed by another animal. Introduced by Senators Alloway and Leach + 11 co-sponsors. Status: Passed Senate Judiciary Committee and first consideration.
- SB 521: Exotic Animals – Eliminates the private ownership of exotic animals and restricts other types of ownership. Introduced by Sen. Richard Alloway II + 10 co-sponsors. Status: passed committee and 1st consideration.
- SB 522: Anti-Tethering - addresses tethering a dog outside and unattended to any stationary object by use of a restraint and fails to satisfy a certain number specified requirements detailed in the legislation, including tethering outside below 32 or above 90 degrees. In addition, this legislation provides for a misdemeanor of the third degree if an individual violates any offense of cruelty to animals in conjunction with the tethering of dogs. Introduced by Sen. Richard Alloway II + 16 co-sponsors. Status: Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
- HB 41: Anti-Tethering - Prohibits tethering a dog outside between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.: prohibits tethering in extreme weather; with a poke, prong, or choke collar, and limits the type of tether which may be used. Introduced by Rep. Mario Scavello + 31 co-sponsors. Status: Referred to House Judiciary Committee.
- HB 82: Cost of Care of Seized Animals. Introduced by Rep. Brian Ellis +25 co-sponsors. Status: Passed the House 163-34. See how your Representative voted here: HB 82 final passage vote.
- HB 164: Possession of Animal Fighting Paraphernalia an act that will close down any illicit operations that make or sell animal fighting paraphernalia; from the razor-sharp knives used to make cockfights bloodier, to the conditioning equipment used to prepare dogs to fight. Introduced by Rep. Todd Stephens + 55 co-sponsors. Status: Referred to House Judiciary Committee.
- HB 760: Animal Cruelty Penalties “Angel’s Law” increased penalties for violations of the animal cruelty laws in Pennsylvania. Introduced by Rep. Dom Costa +34 co-sponsors. Status: Referred to House Judiciary Committee.
- HB 850 Tax Credit An Act amending the act of March 4, 1971 (P.L.6, No.2), known as the Tax Reform Code of 1971, providing for a tax credit for adoption of dog or cat. Introduced by Representative Jesse White + 30 co-sponsors.
- HB 353: Oppose: Reduced Safety Zone for Waterways Trapping -amends the PA Game Code to reduce the safety zone distance for trapping within any waterway, marsh, pond or dam. It creates a larger zone of danger within minutes of family homes to allow trappers an increase in territory to use submerged traps. Introduced by Rep. Dave Reed + 9 co-sponsors. Status: passed 2nd consideration.
- HB 683: Oppose Ag-Gag - This dangerous bill would cripple the ability of investigators to expose animal abuse and/or food safety concerns. Ag-Gag bills criminalize taking photos or videos on farms to expose problems, such as animal cruelty, environmental and labor violations, and other illegal or unethical behavior. Introduced by Rep. Gary Haluska + 9 co-sponsors. Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee.
- HB 723: Will prevent the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) from shutting down canned hunts for wild boars! The PGC is finally acting to shut down these canned hunts, pursuant to a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision, which confirmed that wild boars are considered protected wildlife under state law. Please call your state representative today and ask they vote no on SB 644 – a misguided bill! Status: HB 713 Passed House -see how your representative voted (NO is the correct vote). Find your state legislators.
- SB 644: Contact your state representative NOW to ask them to OPPOSE SB 644 - see fact sheet. On April 9th, the House version (HB 723)passed 101-100, and SB 644 is pending a vote. Confused? Read more at The Pennsylvania Boar Wars.
Not yet introduced – please ask your legislator to co-sponsor:
Fine Collections related to Dog Law Enforcement: This legislation will add an exemption to Title 42 to allow all the Dog Law fines and penalties collected to remain in the DLRA, which will help toward sustaining the operations of the Office of Dog Law Enforcement in conducting its statutory obligations of inspecting kennels, investigating dog bite incidents, and apprehending dogs running at large. To be introduced by Representative Katharine Watson and Rep. Joseph Petrarca. Status: Co-sponsors being sought.