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:

SB 232: Dog Law Fund/License increase. Introduced by Senator Judy Schwank. Co-sponsorship Memo

SB 234: 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. Introduced by Senator Kristen Phillips Hill and Senator Lisa Boscola  (Co-Sponsorship Memo) (Fact Sheet).

SB 438: The Animal Welfare Cooperation Act – permitting the assistance of the Attorney General in prosecuting large scale animal cruelty cases in counties which have had little experience in doing so. Introduced by Senators Katie Muth and John Kane Co-Sponsorship Memo.

SB 702: End Live Pigeon Shoots: Prohibits the use of live pigeons for target trap shoots and block shoots. Introduced by Senator Pat Browne. (Co-Sponsorship Memo).  (Fact sheet)

House Bills to support:

 HB142:  Taking the Judiciary Out of the Dog Law Fund – keeping Dog Law funds in Dog Law.  Introduced by Representative Jason Ortitay Co-sponsorship Memo.  Blog: Fines Should be Dedicated to Dogs- Not Judicial Computers: Passed PA House. 

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

HB 526: Protecting Pennsylvanians and their Dogs – Dog Law Fund/License increase.  Introduced by Representative Eddie Day Pashinski.  Co-Sponsorship Memo.

HB 674: Credit for Taxpayers Who Adopt a Shelter Animal. Introduced by Representative Malagari.  Co-Sponsorship Memo.

HB 687: The Animal Welfare Cooperation Act – permitting the assistance of the Attorney General in prosecuting large scale animal cruelty cases in counties which have had little experience in doing so. Introduced by Representative MaryLouise Isaacson. 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

House Bills to Oppose:

HB 769: Allowing ownership of hedgehogs and sugar gliders as pets. Introduced by Rep. Zimmerman. (Co-Sponsorship Memo). CDC Warning: Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Pet Hedgehogs.

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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