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house Bill H.R. 1042

Should Zoos, Animal Dealers & Research Facilities Have Emergency Plans for Their Animals?

Argument in favor

Domesticated animals and wild animals in captivity are incredibly vulnerable in the aftermath of natural disasters. It’s important for facilities that house these animals to have plans in place to ensure their safety and proper care during and after emergencies.

IllWill's Opinion
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03/19/2019
All animals that are under the care of humans need to be protected in the case of a natural disaster. It should be a part of our basic humanity to also ensure the safety of animals.
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03/20/2019
For sure. If you have rare animal species and keep them caged, you should provide Emergency Management plans and procedures to keep them safe during an environmental event, as well as keep the public safe and the environment safe. This means making sure they have a place to go and cannot escape into the wild during an event, in which they can harm the public or the environment. Case in point, a private zoo lost some monkeys in Orlando, FL and the monkeys were living in the forest. They are exotic species and can cause environmental harm as well as ecosystem harm, if not contained, just like the Lion Fish that is destroying full aquatic ecosystems.
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Jim2423's Opinion
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03/20/2019
Anytime you begin to house animals, you have to have a way for evacuation of said animals. Whether in your home, on your farm, or in a zoo. That is your responsibility to the animals you are housing.
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Argument opposed

The USDA already funds a center to help zoos and aquariums prepare for natural disasters. Additionally, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) already requires its member organizations to have disaster plans in place in order to maintain their accreditation. These mechanisms are enough to ensure that animals in captivity are safe during natural disasters.

Chickie's Opinion
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03/20/2019
If AZA already requires zoo’s and aquariums to have contingency plans due to inclement weather, perhaps AZA needs to tweak their requirements already in place. It seems this bill is trying to reinvent the wheel versus placing a checking system to ensure the wheel is ready to go. In regards to research/testing facilities that use animals, (of which I am in total disagreement with; but that’s for a different post), And other animal situations, they should be required to prove that have safeguards in place before given licenses/accreditation and continue the safeguards before re-licensing/re-accreditation is given.
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JTJ's Opinion
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03/20/2019
Of course they should, but this is not an issue for the federal government.
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ManfromNebraska's Opinion
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03/20/2019
They need to have a plan but the government does not need to be involved in creating some regulation. Congress does not have any wisdom in what is needed. This is up to each facility to take care of it’s needs.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Agriculture
      Livestock and Foreign Agriculture
    IntroducedFebruary 7th, 2019
    Absolutely! They are still living beings. Being left caged in an emergency could mean a painful death for them. That's not okay.
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    You save what you value, and zoo’s etc. is one of the ways we preserve animals for future generations
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    Seriously, are you kidding me? This doesn’t already happen?
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    Absolutely. Thank you to the author of this long delayed action. Yay for having a conscience.
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    Yes. I have been in healthcare for 40 years. I have lived emergency and contingency plans over half my life. It is hard to imagine this is not common practice in other industries where they are charged with the care of animals.
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    Absolutely. Animals are precious and not to be mistreated and abused. There’s a need to require shelters to take people and their pets in emergencies. Zoos and pet dealers need to treat animals in their care with equal respect and kindness. Fine anyone who does not. Fines must be significant and severe in the case of death or injury.
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    This is an “of course” moment. They have taken physical responsibility for animals, often rare, exotic and endangered. The labs have critical and expensive research on the ground. Interruptions for emergencies and now for congressional stupidity and intransigence must be a part of the planned expenses.
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    Zoos are responsible for their animals, period. Within reason, they should be responsible for giving the animals a place to hide or seek refuge from inclement weather, whether that be snow/cold shelters, elevated shelter from floods, etc. obviously you can’t protect against everything, but there should be a minimum required safety rule that takes into account each animals needs. They have experts on staff who should give their input.
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    YES. YES!!! It ridiculous that they don’t put those escape routes & plans into the development of the Animals’ living places in the first place.
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    Animals are not things. They are living creatures that when we remove them from their environment we accept responsibility for their care. When shit hits the fan It is just wrong to cut and run. Dogs,cats, horses it doesn’t matter. We have to be ready to take care of them to the best of our ability. I wouldn’t put them before people but I might risk myself for my pets. I am their universe.
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    Animals who are helpless to escape are dependent on their keepers to save them. There should be a plan that includes all the resources that are needed, I.e. trucks, travel cages, personnel to drive the trucks and additional personnel to care for the animals.
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    Why don’t they have emergency plans in place already?
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    Its NOBODY'S damn business! It sure as hell isn't the job of the federal government. GET THE FUCK OUT OF OUR BUSINESS ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    I support this bill.
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    There should be an emergency plan in place to move animals to safety if al possible. I saw all the farm animals that died in the flood and the cows that froze to death. Even though I'm sure they will eventually be slaughtered they should be cared for humanely during times of extreme weather.
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    No more Government interference. Zoos, animal dealers, and the like do not need more red tape. Congress must leave them alone, and let them do their jobs. Government has enough to do. Stop looking for problem to make worse with Your fixes.
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    Like every other business, zoos should have disaster mitigation and recovery plans.
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    Yes. The animals are helpless. We are responsible for their safety and well-being.
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    Not only should they create an emergency plan, but have a required scheduled practice within it; similar to a fire drill practice.
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    Of course not. Where in the constitution is the authority for federal bureaucrats to be involved in this in any way? Spoiler: it’s not in there. Anywhere. Things like this are the precise reason the constitution was written as it was, and remind us of the brilliance of our founding fathers. Always remember: government is not the solution to our problems, government is the problem!
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