Congressman Gaetz is passionate about animal welfare issues and has been recognized by many animal advocacy groups for his activism in Congress.

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May 27, 2020 Video

For years, the US government has been funding cruel animal experiments at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which may have contributed to the global spread of COVID-19 with virtually no US oversight. At best, Americans are funding people who are lying to us. At worst, we’re funding people who we knew had problems handling pathogens, who then birthed a monster virus onto the world.

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H.R.249 - FACT Act




This bill requires the reports of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods to include a description of the progress on the development and use of alternative methods for toxicological testing by participating federal agencies. Federal agencies that require or recommend toxicological testing must provide the committee with necessary information.

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H.R.1607 - Fairness to Pet Owners Act of 2019




This bill directs the Federal Trade Commission to require a prescriber of a household-animal medication to provide a free copy of the prescription to the pet owner without the pet owner having the request a copy.

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H.R.2264 - Bear Protection Act of 2019




To conserve global bear populations by prohibiting the importation, exportation, and interstate trade of bear viscera and items, products, or substances containing, or labeled or advertised as containing, bear viscera, and for other purposes.

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H.R.737 - Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act of 2019


This bill makes it illegal to possess, buy, or sell shark fins or any product containing shark fins, except for certain dogfish fins. A person may possess a shark fin that was lawfully taken consistent with a license or permit under certain circumstances.

Penalties are imposed for violations under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.


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H.R.788 - Sustainable Shark Fisheries and Trade Act of 2019


1st Session
H. R. 788


To amend and enhance the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act to improve the conservation of sharks.

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H.R.2897 - AFTER Act of 2019


This bill requires federal research facilities to facilitate the adoption or nonlaboratory placement of certain warm-blooded animals (e.g., dogs, cats, monkeys, guinea pigs, hamsters, and rabbits) with animal rescue organizations, animal sanctuaries, animal shelters, or individuals. In order to be adopted or placed, the animals must (1) no longer be needed for research; (2) be suitable for release; (3) not be birds, rats, or mice.

July 19, 2019 Page

H.R.1155 - To prohibit veteran affairs from cruel experimentation on dogs


Prohibits the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from conducting medical research causing significant pain or distress to dogs.

July 19, 2019 Page

H.R.1622 - To amend the Animal Welfare Act to limit experimentation on cats


This bill prohibits the Department of Agriculture from using cats in experiments that may cause pain or stress, unless the pain or stress is a result of a physical exam or training program.