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Lobbying

Humane laws with sharp teeth don’t just happen. It takes a lobbyist who knows the issues that animals in our state face, and who is familiar with the backgrounds and agendae of the senators and representatives in the state capitol.

Familiarize Yourself with the Law

Get to know the rules and those who make them.This information below is not all-inclusive, nor is it intended to take the place of legal advice by a competent attorney.

State Law

The State modifies the Iowa Legislature website frequently. Unfortunately, the most recent modification makes it impossible to link directly to specific chapters of the Code of Iowa and the Iowa Administrative Code.

Visit the Code of Iowa (IC) online. Copies of past Codes are available there from 1996 to the present. (Be aware that updating the online version of the Code immediately after each legislative session is not the State’s first priority.) The following chapters are key:

Chapter 145B Dogs for Scientific Research aka “State Pound Seizure Law”
(see also IAC Chapter 128 • Dogs for Scientific Research)

Chapter 162 • Care of Animals in Commercial Establishments • aka “State Animal Welfare Law” (which also includes the “Puppy Mill Bill” allowing IDALS to inspect USDA-licensed breeders upon request)
(see also IAC Chapter 67
Animal Welfare)

Chapter 162.20 Sterilization aka “State Spay/Neuter Law”

Chapter 717 • Injury to Livestock

Chapter 717A Offenses Relating to Agricultural Production

Chapter 717B • Injury to Animals Other than Livestock

Check out the Animal Legal & Historical Center's summary, citation, and statute names for Iowa laws relating to animals.

Visit the Iowa Administrative Code (IAC) online. The IAC is a composite of rules written by the executive branch which have the full force and effect of law (i.e., how the laws are enforced). IAC chapters relate to chapters in the Code of Iowa. The following chapters are key:

Agriculture & Land Stewardship (21)
Chapter 67
Animal Welfare
(Relates to IC Chapter 162 Care of Animals in Commercial Establishments)

Agriculture & Land Stewardship (21)
Chapter 67
Animal Welfare:  §12.6 Fostering Oversight Organizations and Foster Care Homes
(relates to IC Chapter 162 • Care of Animals in Commercial Establishments)

Public Health (641)
Chapter 128
Dogs for Scientific Research
(Relates to IC Chapter 145B • Dogs for Scientific Research and IC Chapter 351A Dogs & Other Animals)

Chapters of the IAC are also available as PDF files.

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State Officials

Terry Branstad (R)—Governor

Find Your Legislators

Senate E-mail List

House E-mail List


Finding Your Way Around the Iowa General Assembly

From “Meet Your Legislators” to Lobbyist Information

In the Chambers—choose from live audio broadcast of chamber activity or Chamber Action (text log of event in each chamber. Also, schedules of chamber events, the display board, subcommittee schedules, session calendars, and rules of procedure.

Track Legislation—find bills, resolutions, and amendments by number, subject, committee, date, sponsor, etc. Popular tools include:

Bill Book—all versions of bills, amendments, resolutions, study bills, bill histories, fiscal notes, and sponsor information

Bill Watch—allows you to create customized lists of bills to track

Directory of Legislation—indices of bills, study bills, resolutions, and amendments

Study Bill Committee Tracking—find the committee assignments for study bills

Bill Version Tracking—locate multiple versions of a bill or study bill

Total Bill History—displays legislative action for a bill or resolution


Federal Law

Visit the United States Code (USC) online. Copies of past Codes are available online from 1994 to the present. The following chapters are key:

Title 7—Agriculture:  Chapter 54Transportation, Sale, & Handling of Certain Animals—aka “Animal Welfare Act”
(See also CFR Title 9/Chapter 1 • Subchapter A—Animal Welfare Regulations Parts 1-4)

Title 15—Commerce & Trade:  Chapter 44Protection of Horses—aka “Horse Protection Act”
(See also CFR Title 9/Chapter 1 • Subchapter A—Animal Welfare Regulations Parts 11-12)

Visit the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) online. Copies of past Codes are available online from 1996 to the present. The following parts are key:

Title 9—Animals & Animal Products:  Chapter 1Animal & Plant Health
Subchapter A—Animal Welfare Regulations

Part 1—Definition of Terms

Part 2—Regulations
Attending Veterinarian & Adequate Veterinary Care
Compliance with Standards & Holding Period
Identification of Animals
Licensing
Miscellaneous
Records
Registration
Research Facilities
Stolen Animals

Part 3—Standards: Specs for Humane Handling, Care, Treatment, & Transportation
Dogs & Cats
Guinea Pigs & Hamsters
Marine Mammals
Nonhuman Primates
Rabbits
Warmblooded Animals Other than the Above

Part 4—Rules of Practice Governing Proceedings
(relates to USC Title 7:  Chapter 54
“Animal Welfare Act”)

Part 11—Horse Protection Regulations
Prohibitions Concerning Exhibitors

Part 12—Rules of Practice
(relates to USC Title 15:  Chapter 44 •
“Horse Protection Act”)

User-friendly versions of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and the Animal Welfare Regulations, and a whole bunch of other animal care/welfare stuff you’d probably never find even if you were looking!

Lists of USDA-licensees. The same standards of animal care apply to all registered and licensed businesses, and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) field inspectors make periodic unannounced visits to all locations where animals are held to see that regulations and standards are followed. There are printed Guidleines for licensing and registration.

Basically, the Federal animal care standards cover humane handling, housing, space, feeding and watering, sanitation, ventilation, shelter from extremes of weather, adequate veterinary care, separation of incompatible animals, transportation, and handling in transit.

• Breeders—of pets, lab animals, etc.

• Carriers—transport regulated animals for hire (e.g., airlines, railroads, motor carriers, shipping lines, etc.)

• Class A Animal Dealers—deal only in animals they breed and raise

• Class B Animal Dealers—include brokers, bunchers, and operators of auction sales

• Federal Research Facilities

• Handlers—take custody of regulated animals in connection with transporting them on public carriers

• Registered Exhibitors—have animals on display to the public or conduct performances featuring animals (e.g., zoos, marine mammal shows, circuses, carnivals, petting zoos, etc.)

• Research Facilities—include teaching institutions, drug firms, diagnostic labs, etc.

• VA Hospitals

Federal Officials

Barack Obama (D) President

Vice President Joe Biden (D)

Senator Chuck Grassley (R)

Senator Tom Harkin (D)

Find Your Representatives

Finding Your Way Around the U.S. Congress

From “Meet Your Legislators” to navigating search results

Bill Summary & Status—titles, text, amendments, congressional actions, related bills, committees, cost estimates, and sponsors/co-sponsors

Animal Law Links

Animal Care/Condition Scales—developed at Tufts University.

Animal Welfare Institute—founded in 1955 when only two federal laws to protect animals existed. Since then, AWI has worked for the successful enactment of more than15 additional federal laws. Check out their Compassion Index of your state/federal legislators.

Anti-cruelty Statute Information—The Humane Society of the United State’s (HSUS) blueprint for drafting amendments to strengthen state anti-cruelty laws and a compilation of current anti-cruelty laws by state.

Cat Law a discussion of State cat laws.

Dog Law a discussion of State dog laws.

Horse Law a discussion of State horse laws.

Iowa Pet Trust Law.

Why Pets Should Be Reclassified as Inimitable Property under the Law.

Society for Animal Protective Legislation—(SAPL) was founded in 1955 when only two federal laws to protect animals existed. Since then, SAPL has worked for the successful enactment of over 15 additional federal laws.

Veterinary Government & Law Links—from the Congressman Quarterly Votewatch to the Center for Wildlife Law to the FDA.

Our last update was on—07.30.14

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