—Wayne Pacelle, President of Animal Wellness Actionent
BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA, USA, October 26, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Animal welfare action announced his endorsement of U.S. Senator John Neely Kennedy for his leadership and unwavering support on animal welfare issues in Congress.
Senator Kennedy is the primary author of the Bear Poaching Elimination Act, S. 3472, aimed at stopping the killing of bears for their gallbladders and bile. The bipartisan legislation addresses two issues: 1) thousands of bears in China are cruelly confined in small cages while bile is extracted from their gallbladders for use in cosmetics and Chinese medicine, and 2) and states United States, federal and state officials have revealed that poachers are killing American bears for their viscera, endangering the species and causing inhuman treatment to supply this illicit market. Of the eight bear species in the world, many are endangered, and the presence of any legal trade puts them all at risk because the bladders are indistinguishable by species. It wasn’t until 2016 that the Louisiana black bear was removed from the federal list of endangered and threatened species.
The senior Louisiana senator is also one of the original co-sponsors of the FDA Modernization Act. S. 5002 passed unanimously Sept. 29, just under a year before it introduced the original measure (S. 2952) with Senators Rand Paul, R-Ky, Cory Booker, DN .J., Mike Braun, R-Ind. , and Ben Ray Lujan, DN.M., to eliminate a federal mandate for animal testing for all new drug development, under FDA oversight. The revised measure, S. 5002, includes both the FDA Modernization Act and the Animal Testing Reduction Act, which was originally introduced by Sen. Ben Ray Lujan, DN.M., to eliminate a public health department requirement for animal testing for biosimilar drugs. .
“Senator Kennedy is one of the top animal welfare advocates in the U.S. Senate, working to protect companion animals, to protect the Louisiana black bear from poaching rings doing business with China, and to stop unnecessary and often unreliable testing of beagles and other animals here at home,” said Wayne Pacelle, president of Animal Wellness Action. “Of course, he’s the most entertaining U.S. Senator, but he also has a heart of gold when it comes to animal welfare.”
Unnecessary animal testing. The FDA Modernization Act 2.0 eliminates a decades-old legal mandate for animal testing in drug development that is claiming the lives of 59,000 beagles, 68,000 primates and more than one million other animals. This massive loss of human life, preceded by pain and torment for these unfortunate animals, is of little benefit to human health. Between 90 and 95 percent of drugs found to be safe in non-clinical tests fail in human clinical trials. Adverse drug reactions are the fourth leading cause of death in the country.
Application of cruelty to animals. Senator Kennedy in the 116th Congress was one of the co-authors of the Animal Cruelty Enforcement Act (ACE) to create an Animal Cruelty Crimes Section within the Department of Justice. There is a well-established link between cruelty to malicious animals and other forms of social violence. More than half of mass shooters in schools and other public places have committed acts of animal cruelty before turning their violent instincts towards people.
Eliminate the slaughter of horses for human consumption. Neguse is a co-sponsor of the Save America’s Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act which would permanently end the slaughter of equines on US soil and the transportation of equines over state and federal lines for that purpose.
“Senator John Kennedy understands that all of God’s creatures deserve merciful treatment,” said Marty Irby, executive director of Animal Wellness Action. “I am so grateful to him that he works so hard to secure funds and the ability to enforce our laws so that perpetrators of animal cruelty cannot walk the streets of the city in confidence.”
Kennedy worked to return American-owned dogs stranded overseas by onerous and unfair rules set by the US Center for Disease Control. He has also worked to seek sanctuary for chimpanzees removed from federal research facilities, including at Chimp Haven, the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Keithville, Louisiana. And he lobbied for more funding, as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, to advocate for funds to enforce our animal welfare laws.
Animal Wellness Action is a Washington, DC-based 501(c)(4) organization whose mission is to help animals by promoting legal standards prohibiting cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of pets, farm animals and wildlife. We advocate for policies to end dog and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to combat factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we encourage good public policies and work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we need to elect good legislators, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our problems and which don’t. We believe that helping animals helps us all.
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