• Reply from congressman

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    Over a year ago

    Hi Peta2, a few weeks ago I performed an action for the street team, I cannot remember what it was named but I do remember that it was to contact the local congressman and ask him to stop the animal cruelty going on in the are. I told Peta2 team that I would inform them of any reply I would get and this is it. “Dear Devin,

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the rights of animals. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue, and I welcome the opportunity to respond to your concerns.

    As you may know, I have long been a staunch advocate for protecting animals and preserving animal welfare. As a longtime pet owner, I believe it is important to protect America’s animals and to stop abusive and inhumane treatment. Throughout my time in Congress I have cosponsored and supported legislation that seeks to further this important goal. In particular, I am proud to cosponsor H.R. 366, the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act of 2013, introduced by Representative Tom Marino. This bipartisan legislation would prohibit spectators from participating in and bringing minors to animal fights, such as dog fighting and cockfighting, and it would starve this criminal activity of admission fees and gambling monies, thereby cutting its source of funding. Currently, this legislation is pending before the House Judiciary Committee and the Committee on Agriculture.

    You also may be interested to know that I am a cosponsor of H.R. 847, the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) Act, legislation that would require all commercial dog breeders who sell more than fifty dogs directly to the public per year to be licensed and inspected. Currently, the only breeders required to be licensed and inspected are those who sell their dogs to brokers or pet stores. Additionally, the PUPS Act would mandate that all dog breeders exercise the dogs daily. Currently, this legislation is pending before the House Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit. Further, I am a cosponsor of H.R. 1094, the Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013, which would ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption. This bill was introduced by Rep. Patrick Meehan and is currently pending before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Agriculture.

    Like you, I am strongly opposed to animal cruelty, and I believe we have a responsibility to promote the humane treatment of animals. As a member of the Animal Protection Caucus, I am committed to protecting our horses and all animals across the country. I also worked hard to extend reasonable legal protections to animals throughout my years in the Massachusetts State House and for over a decade serving as District Attorney of Norfolk County. Please be assured that I will continue my fight to protect the rights of animals, and that I will keep your thoughts in mind should any legislation on this issue come before the full House of Representatives for a vote.

    Again, thank you for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future regarding this or any other matter of concern. Additionally, you may find my website ( to be a useful resource for keeping up with my work in Washington and the Ninth District of Massachusetts. I look forward to hearing from you again.


    Bill Keating
    Member of Congress”

    I apologize if this is the wrong place to post this but I wanted to let the team members see.

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