Animal Wellness Action endorses​

Congresswoman Dina Titus — an Animal Protection Champion

Animal Wellness Action, one of the nation’s leading public policy organizations devoted to animal welfare, is pleased to endorse Congresswoman Dina Titus in her re-election campaign for the First Congressional District of Nevada. She’s in a newly drawn district, and it’s important that voters understand that she’s one of the leading animal welfare advocates in the Congress.  We cannot afford to lose a champion like her.

Nobody has been more focused and supportive of animal welfare issues than Rep. Titus. In this Congress, she and Senator Gary Peters, D-Michigan, worked to pass the PAW Act in this Congress to direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to establish a working group relating to best practices and federal guidance for animals in emergencies and disasters. She’s been a leader on animal issues throughout her entire career in Congress. There is perhaps not a major animal welfare bill in the U.S. House that she’s not led or cosponsored, including bills to ban mink farming, to create an Animal Cruelty Crimes section at the Department of Justice, and the Pigs in Gestation Stalls (PIGS) Act to ban extreme confinement of breeding sows.  She has been an outspoken advocate for protecting wild horses and burros and her voice is especially important because she hails from the state with the largest number of free-roaming equids.

Animal fighting.  Titus has been in the forefront of efforts to ban cockfighting and dogfighting throughout all of the U.S., including in the U.S. territories. She has supported a series of upgrades of the federal law against animal fighting, making it a crime to attend an animal fighting event or to bring a minor to one of these spectacles of cruelty (2014) and extending all the prohibitions on animal fighting to all parts of the U.S. (2018). These statutes have withstood court challenges from the cockfighters. Now we are working on enforcing those laws.

Animal cruelty and domestic violence. The Congresswoman was an early leader on the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act, which expands federal domestic violence protection to include pets.  She was also a stalwart supporter of the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, which establishes a national anti-cruelty law for the first time in our republic’s history.

Reducing needless and painful animal testing. The FDA Modernization Act would eliminate a Depression-era requirement for animal testing in the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act (21 USC § 355) and to allow for innovative 21st-century human-relevant test methods where appropriate. These modifications will allow drug sponsors to apply state-of-the-art tools to predict how humans will respond to their drugs in clinical trials, thereby reducing attrition, shortening time to market, saving millions of dollars, lowering drug prices, providing safer and more effective drugs for American consumers, and reducing the number of animals used for tests. The FFDCA expressly requires traditional animal testing based on the assumption that animal tests are predictive of safety and efficacy in humans. Test data show that the use of animals is not predictive of the human response to drugs, with 90 to 95 percent of drugs and vaccines found safe in animal tests failing during human clinical trials.  The cost for developing a single new drug may be from $1 – $6 billion, while the average timeline of development of a potential drug and vaccine from the lab to market is 10–15 years.  Still most diseases have no treatment available, and adverse drug reactions are the fourth highest cause of death in the U.S. Broader use of human biology-based test methods would better predict how humans will respond to drugs in clinical trials.

Banning shark finning.  This bill expands upon the Shark Finning Prohibition Act of 2000 and the Shark Conservation Act of 2010. While those laws banned shark finning and the transportation of fins on U.S. vessels, this bill would strengthen current law by prohibiting the trade of shark fins. Shark populations are in crisis because of the demand for fins. The measure passed the House with 310 votes in 2019 and cleared the Senate Commerce Committee (Roll Call #634).  It has been included as an amendment to a larger economic development bill and stands a strong chance of being enacted.

Horse soring and other horse abuses: Titus has also been the long-time leader to ban the barbaric practice of horse soring, which involves injuring the front feet and legs of Tennessee Walking horses to cause them so much pain when they put their feet down that they have an exaggerated high-stepping gait.  It’s the equivalent of walking on hot coals. She’s also been an original cosponsor of legislation to ban the export of live horses to Canada and Mexico for slaughter. She was an early supporter of efforts to pass the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act to ban race-day doping of horses.

The animals have never had a better friend than Dina Titus!

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