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Ensure that Animal Dealers with Suspended Licenses Are Barred from the Business

Ensure that Animal Dealers with Suspended Licenses Are Barred from the Business

Name: Welfare of Our Friends (WOOF) Act

Bill Number: HR 4691

This bill would prohibit the issuance of an Animal Welfare Act Class A or Class B dealer’s license to close family members (including grandparents and grandchildren) of any individual whose license has been suspended or revoked at the location of the previously-licensed facility. This bill would also prohibit the issuance or renewal of a license to anyone who is partners in a company or business with the individual whose license was suspended or revoked during the past 10 years.

The bill is designed to prevent a culpable individual from continuing to benefit from the exploitation of animals by using someone else’s name on the license while they continue to operate the business. It will not, however, apply to family members or business associates who can demonstrate that the culpable licensee will have no part in the care of animals or the management of the dealer facility.


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Please support safeguards to bar suspended animal dealers from continuing to operate facilities

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support for HR 4691, which would amend the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit the close family or business associates of an animal dealer whose license was revoked or suspended from obtaining a dealer's license for the same premises. This bill would amend an existing provision, providing expanded definitions of what constitutes "family" and requiring an actual facility inspection before a new license can be issued for a dealer facility on the same property.

I hope that you will give your support to the passage of this measure, which will help keep animals out of the hands of individuals and businesses whose practices violate the Animal Welfare Act. Thank you for your consideration.

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