Titus Introduces the Animal Emergency Planning Act

Apr 30, 2014
Press Release

April 30, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Dina Titus of Nevada’s First District introduced the Animal Emergency Planning Act to require entities regulated under the Animal Welfare Act to adopt emergency contingency plans, using federally established standards, in order to better protect the safety and well-being of animals during natural and manmade disasters. By requiring breeding facilities, commercial animal dealers, and research facilities to develop emergency response plans and demonstrate a level of preparedness, Titus’ bill would minimize the impact of disasters on the animals under their care.

“Lack of preparedness can have an especially devastating effect on animals and the people who risk their lives to protect them, including local first-responders, non-governmental agencies, and private citizens. Whether a natural disaster that impacts an entire region or a fire at a local breeding facility, when disaster strikes, commercial animal facilities should be prepared to protect the animals under their care,” said Titus. “It is only fair and reasonable to require some demonstration of readiness from those who earn a living from animal-related businesses.”