Advocacy Alert

USA: Support Legislation to Protect Animals During Disasters!

USA: Support Legislation to Protect Animals During Disasters!

As a frontline responder, the ASPCA knows firsthand that disasters create impossible, heartbreaking scenarios for animals and the people who risk their own safety to rescue them.

During the first two weeks of September, the ASPCA responded to two of the largest hurricanes to impact the United States in recent history: Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. These devastating storms have taken a severe toll on people and pets living in Texas, Florida and the surrounding areas. The ASPCA is committed to ensuring communities are prepared before disasters and supported as they recover.

One way we can help ensure that animals are protected when disaster strikes is through proper planning. Given the size and expense of disaster rescue efforts, businesses that profit from animals should be responsible for preparing for emergencies and have well-formed plans in place ahead of time to protect the animals in their care. When businesses and institutions shirk this responsibility, local first responders and non-governmental organizations end up assuming the risk and expense of rescuing animals during disasters.

The Animal Emergency Planning Act (H.R. 3792) will require facilities regulated by the Animal Welfare Act (AWA)—such as commercial animal breeders, zoos and research institutions—to create detailed response plans for protecting animals in their care during disasters and ensure that employees know the steps to take when an emergency occurs.

What You Can Do

You can help ensure protection for animals during future disasters. Simply use the email below to contact your U.S. representative in Washington, D.C., and urge him or her to cosponsor the Animal Emergency Planning Act. If your rep is already a cosponsor, he/she will receive a message of thanks!

On behalf of our nation’s animals and animal-rescuers, thank you!