Brindisi wants stricter standards when it comes to animal cruelty laws

The congressman is a member of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus.

Posted: Jul 31, 2019 5:27 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- Surrounded by animal advocates at the Stevens-Swan Humane Society, Congressman Anthony Brindisi brought the community up to speed on three bills that are designed to fight animal cruelty.

The first piece of legislation has passed the House and moves on to the Senate. It stops the practice of inflicting pain on horses to change their gait for competitions.

Also, the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act.

And, legislation called the Puppy Protection Act which sets new requirements on commercial breeders. But also provides oversight on shelters similar to the Road to Home shelter that closed on Broad Street, in Utica. The legislation includes requirements on cage size, human socialization, and more.

“You have these so-called shelters that are popping up all over the place that are not sufficiently caring for the animals they are taking in. Whether that's keeping them in small wire cages, giving them moldy food or dirty water. There has to be some federal standards set on these shelters and that's what this bill will do,” Brindisi said.

Brindisi is a member of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus.

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