July 13, 2018- Rep. Smith was recently recognized by the Humane Society Legislative Fund as a 2017 lawmaker of the year for his legislative efforts on animal welfare standards.
Rep. Smith has long championed animal welfare issues in Congress. In April, the Humane Society lauded Smith for his help to triple the “funding for the Animal Welfare Act (which requires basic standards of care for millions of animals at breeding operations, laboratories, zoos, and other facilities) from $9 million per year in the 1990s to $30.8 million in FY18.”
In regards to his legislative efforts, Rep. Smith authored the End Neglected Tropical Diseases Act (H.R. 4847), which added Rabies to the list of Neglected Tropical Diseases. The law also improved the United States Agency for International Development efforts to distribute medicines for neglected tropical diseases.
Rep. Smith also co-sponsored the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act of 2013 (H.R. 366), which would outlaw the attendance to an animal fighting event, establish a mandatory fine and one-year imprisonment for violators.
Furthermore, Rep. Smith co-sponsored the Pet and Women Safety Act of 2017 (H.R. 909). This bill would amend the federal criminal code to extend the definition of “stalking,” to include the reasonable fear of death or serious injury to one’s pet. In addition, this bill directs the Department of Agriculture to provide shelter and housing assistance grants for victims of domestic violence and their pets.
In this Congress, Rep. Smith has continued to pursue animal welfare standards relentlessly.
- Co-sponsor of the Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 1141).
- Co-sponsor of the Pet and Women Safety Act of 2017 (H.R. 909)
- Secured animal welfare spending in the FY 2017-2018 ominbus bill.