Federal BAN on traveling animal acts introduced

 HR 6342, the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPA) was introduced earlier this month by Representatives Grijalva (D-AZ) and Costello (R-PA).  The bill text  available at https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/6342 .  The bill has been assigned to the House Committee on Agriculture.

Unlike earlier versions of TEAPA, this bill is an absolute ban on traveling animal acts (no 15-day rest requirement).  It is anticipated that this Congress will adjourn in December, so we do not expect this bill to advance in the next few weeks, but it is likely that the bill will be reintroduced in the next Congress.  You may want to have your contacts reach out to their individual U.S. Representative to oppose HR 6342, since Born Free USA is urging its supporters to contact their representative in support of the bill (http://www.bornfreeusa.org/legislation.php?p=5798&more=1#more5798 ). 

While we recommend individuals contact their own representatives, any organizations wanting to weigh in should contact both their representative and the House Agriculture Committee (https://agriculture.house.gov/contact/ ).