Pet Animal Welfare Statute (PAWS)
Summary: (S. 1139 & H.R. 2669) Contains a draft amendment allowing third party inspections of dog and cat breeding facilities, instead of USDA inspections as mandated in the Animal Welfare Act.
Senators Rick Santorum (R-PA) and Richard Durbin (D-IL); Representatives Jim Gerlach (R-PA) and Sam Farr (D-CA)
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
The Doris Day Animal League (DDAL) is now opposing the new direction of the Pet Animal Welfare Statute (PAWS). A new Discussion Draft of this bill (S. 1139) actually allows breeders the option of being inspected by a "certified third-party inspection service" rather than by the USDA, which is charged with enforcing the Animal Welfare Act. This guts the intent of having the federal government license, regulate and inspect large, commercial retail breeders AND allows existing breeders the option of opting out of USDA licensing, regulation and inspection. This is a bad legal precedent and is bad for animal welfare and protection.
The Humane Society of the United States, the largest animal rights organization in the country, is behind PAWS and donates to Senator Rick Santorum's election campaigns. Wayne Pacelle, President of HSUS and former executive director of Fund for Animals, has stated: "We have no problem with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding."
CFA agrees that the certified third party inspection plan is problematic along with other aspects of the PAWS bill. The CFA Legislative Group continues to urge fanciers to write to their own U.S. Senators and Representatives asking them not to sign on to this controversial and detrimental legislation that will mean breeders of pedigreed cats with as few as 4 or 5 breeding females would be federally regulated and subjected to intrusive USDA inspection and standards of care. Ask your congressional members to withdraw their cosponsorship if they have already signed on to SB 1139 or HR 2669. See the CFA website for the list of current cosponsors and to read the Santorum "discussion draft" integrated into the existing Animal Welfare Act.