Legislation Affecting Animals 2021/22

stay updateddCo-sponsor memos are currently being circulated for the new session for dozens of anti-cruelty bills.  Stay tuned for updates as bills are introduced and given new numbers!  In Pennsylvania, bills have to be re-introduced each session and will get new numbers.  You can help, by letting your state legislators know that you would like them to sign onto ALL anti-cruelty bills. 

Each bill will have a brief description and status. For more in depth information about the bill, check the linked fact sheet or linked co-sponsorship memo. It is important to contact your state legislators requesting their support of anti-cruelty legislation in Pennsylvania.  Please also share this link with them so they can bookmark it as a handy reference. Sign up to be alerted when action is neededhttp://bit.ly/signupHPA 

Animal Protection Caucus:

Pennsylvania has a new 2021/22 Animal Protection Caucus!  Chaired by Representative Melissa Shusterman; Representative Todd Stephens;  Representative Frank Farry ; Representative Ryan Bizzarro; Senator Katie Muth and Senator Kristen Phillips-Hill,  the Animal Protection Caucus is a bipartisan collaboration of Representatives and Senators determined to lead and support animal welfare legislation in Pennsylvania. Ask your legislators to join!

Senate Bills to support:

Victoria’s Law, Prohibiting the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores unless sourced from shelters and rescues and require advertisers to include license numbers. To be introduced by Senator Kristen Phillips Hill and Senator Lisa Boscola  (Co-Sponsorship Memo) (Fact Sheet).

End Live Pigeon Shoots: Prohibits the use of live pigeons for target trap shoots and block shoots. To be introduced by Senator Pat Browne. (Co-Sponsorship Memo).  (Fact sheet)

House Bills to support:

HB 201: Exotic Wildlife Ownership: Introduced by Representative Melissa Shusterman.  Co-Sponsorship Memo.

HB327: Animal Kidnapping. Introduced by Representative Brandon Markosek. Co-sponsorship Memo

HB 337: Extreme Weather Protection for Dogs: Introduced by Representative Joseph C. Hohenstein.

HB 459: Animal Cruelty – Restrictions on Ownership Introduced by Representative Jeanne McNeill: Co-Sponsorship Memo

Banning Traveling Animal Acts in Pennsylvania: This legislation will prevent the transport of elephants, big cats, bears, primates, kangaroos, giraffes, hippos, rhinos, zebras, tapirs, seals, sea lions and sharks for public performances.  Co-Sponsorship Memo being circulated by Representative Melissa Shusterman

You may be the decisive factor in the way your  legislator votes, so please contact your state legislators to ask them to support these bills! Legislators often want to know what Humane PA’s position is on bills, so you can also send them this link to bookmark for an easy reference tool for them.All

Check out How a Bill Becomes Law in Pennsylvania!

For information on the outcome of bills affecting animals in previous sessions check our Archive section.

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