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Emergency Evacuation Plans Needed for Animals Used in Commerce

Emergency Evacuation Plans Needed for Animals Used in Commerce 

Name: Animal Emergency Planning Act of 2017

Bill Number: HR 3792

When natural disasters or emergencies devastate a region, first responders, nongovernmental agencies and private citizens often shoulder the cost of rescuing, housing and caring for stranded animals. Given the risks and expense associated with these efforts, it is more than reasonable to require companies who use animals commercially to develop and implement emergency contingency plans to keep their animals safe. The Animal Emergency Planning Act of 2017 would do just that. After Hurricane Katrina, federal legislation was passed to require states to consider animals in their disaster planning. Now it is time to require the same consideration from those who use animals for commercial gain.

 

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Emergency Evacuation Plans for Animals Needed for Animals in Commercial Settings

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support for the Animal Emergency Planning Act of 2017, HR 3792, a bill that would require commercial establishments that are regulated under the Animal Welfare Act to develop and implement emergency contingency plans for the animals they use in case of an emergency or natural disaster.

With the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma just this year, there is no shortage of images of animals who were abandoned, displaced and in need of rescue. During a natural disaster or emergency, first responders, nongovernmental agencies and private citizens often shoulder the risks and costs associated with rescuing, housing and caring for stranded animals. Many of these animals could have avoided harm and could have, in turn, kept their rescuers out of harm's way if commercial establishments developed and implemented proper emergency evacuation procedures.

In 2001, tens of thousands of lab animals drowned when Hurricane Allison flooded the Houston area. Despite this devastation, thousands more research animals also died during Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy a few years later. In the aftermath of these disasters, Houston research facilities took precautions to protect against disasters by installing special doors and floodgates to hold back flooding during storm surges. These precautions were justified when, despite the enormous flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, lab animals in the Houston area were safe.

The Animal Emergency Planning Act of 2017 will amend the Animal Welfare Act to require all commercial facilities that are regulated by the AWA (including research facilities, dealers, exhibitors, intermediate handlers and carriers) to develop and implement a contingency plan that will provide humane treatment, transportation and housing of animals during any emergency or disaster.

Advance planning for emergencies makes a difference for animals and the economy. I hope that you will give your full support to the passage of this measure before the end of the current legislative session.

Thank you for your consideration of this bill.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]