Michelle Riley/The HSUS 2010

Michelle Riley/The HSUS 2010

Require emergency plans to protect animals during disasters

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Dear Representative,

Weather-related disasters like the unprecedented winter storm that hit Texas, knocking out power and water to millions of residents, are occurring more frequently and with increasing intensity across the United States. Congress passed the PETS Act after Hurricane Katrina to require that state and local authorities consider household pets and service animals in their disaster contingency plans to be eligible to receive federal disaster assistance. But the PETS Act does not apply to commercially owned animals.

Reps. Dina Titus and Rodney Davis are looking to fix this gap in federal law. They have introduced the Providing Responsible Emergency Plans for Animals at Risk of Emerging Disasters (PREPARED) Act, H.R. 1442, which will require owners of animal-related businesses regulated under the Animal Welfare Act--including puppy mills, research facilities, zoos, circuses and aquariums--to have a disaster plan for the animals they house.

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