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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

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Title

PREPARED Act

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To amend the Animal Welfare Act to require that covered persons develop and implement emergency contingency plans.

    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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    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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    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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    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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    Of course they should, but this is not an issue for the federal government.
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    I’m surprised it’s not already a requirement. I do feel it’s a State issue, not Federal.
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    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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    Yes. Zoos and animal parks need emergency plans for all the animals.
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    Absolutely
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    Yes as that becomes more and more the norm
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    Our responsibility towards these beings doesn’t end with their capture. Once captured and imprisoned, we must humanely care for them lifelong, even through disasters. So yes, I expect plans in place and drills to be carried out and resources in place. Additionally, zoos and parks are holding the last of some species on earth. To not protect them and their breeding programs should imho be criminal and a huge loss of federal money.
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    This should not be a federal issue.
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    This is also a no brainer, zoo animals should be evacuated to higher ground just like everyone else. Shouldn’t even be questioned
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    By all means “Emergency Plans” should be established and practiced. 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. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻🐅🦓🐈🐕👍🏻. 3*19*19.........
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    Yes, after humans have taken the animals from their HOMES, we are now RESPONSIBLE! And this is just coming up NOW? This is just like TRUMP'S POLICY TO TAKE KIDS AND BABIES FROM THEIR PARENTS!
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    Why don’t they now. It is imperative we provide emergency escape procedures at every location. There should be mandatory sprinklers systems in case of fire. This holds true of all barns holding any animal needs water systems to douce any fire to allow them to survive. these animals are our responsibility to ensure they are safe at all times. They can’t be enclosed or caged during emergencies where they just sit there to die an awful death. Not only is that irresponsible and inhumane it is insane.
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    Animals that are under human protection should be afforded the safety that any human has when it comes to an emergency plan to evacuate in case of a natural disaster.
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    Of course they should.
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    Yes, they should all have plans in place to protect the animals. There should be a plan, in writing, and a backup plan. This is only responsible.
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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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