Harris Intros Bipartisan Bill to Protect Animals
Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) yesterday introduced the Help Extract Animals from Red Tape (HEART) Act to help protect animals rescued by the federal government. The bipartisan legislation would expedite the disposition process for animals seized in federal animal fighting cases, hold offenders financially responsible for the care of animals in custody, and allow courts to take into account the animals’ welfare when considering legal delays. “All animals must be treated humanely, free from cruelty and abuse, as they often become extended members of our families,” said Harris. “We must do all we can to ensure that the welfare of these animals who have been victims of cruelty is a priority, and remove any red tape that prevents them from being properly and safely cared for.” The Senators introduced the legislation in recognition of National Dog Fighting Awareness Day, which fell on Sunday, April 8th. The companion bill in the House was introduced last year by Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) and Congressman John Katko (R-NY). More here.