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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August 22, 2019 Page

"Americans always rise to the challenge when we empower individuals and deconstruct the limitations on our potential. Climate change is real. A response doesn’t demand subjugating our lives to expansive government control. It requires a Green Real Deal." - Congressman Matt Gaetz

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.

July 19, 2019 Page

H. Res. 34 - Expressing support for designation of the first Saturday in October as "National Animal Rescue Day"


This resolution expresses support for the designation of a National Animal Rescue Day to create awareness for animal rescue programs throughout the year and address the challenge of overpopulation through continued spaying and neutering.


Congressman Matt Gaetz is a Cosponsor of this Bill.


July 19, 2019 Page

H.R.1228 - HEART Act


To amend title 18, United States Code, with respect to civil forfeitures relating to certain seized animals.

July 19, 2019 Page

H.R.1380 - Big Cat Public Safety Act


To amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to clarify provisions enacted by the Captive Wildlife Safety Act, to further the conservation of certain wildlife species, and for other purposes.

July 19, 2019 Page

H.R.724 - To revise section 48 of title 18 of PACT act


This bill revises and expands criminal provisions with respect to animal crushing.

July 19, 2019 Page

H.R.1002 - The WOOF! Act


Amends the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit the issuance of licenses to certain individuals connected to dealers of dogs who have had licenses revoked, and for other purposes.

September 25, 2017 Page

Pet Safety and Protection Act (Doyle D-PA) amends the Animal Welfare Act to revise the list of permissible sources of dogs and cats used by research facilities to include dogs and cats obtained: (1) from a licensed dealer, (2) from a publicly owned and operated pound or shelter that meets specified requirements, (3) by donation from a person who bred and raised the dog or cat or owned it for not less than one year, or (4) from a research facility licensed by the Department of Agriculture.

September 6, 2017 Page

Prohibit taxpayers’ money from being spent on painful dog experiments at the V.A. PUPPERS is an acronym that stands for Preventing Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected Species