Full Statute Name:  US Public Law 113-79 (AWA 2014)

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Primary Citation:  2014 PL 113-79 Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  April, 2015 Date Adopted:  2014
Summary: The 2014 amendments to the Animal Welfare Act allows the Secretary of agriculture to define de minimis, as well as several grammatical changes. The public law also provides the prohibits anyone from allowing a person who has not attained the age of 16 from attending an animal fighting venture.
Statute Text: 

SEC. 12308. AMENDMENTS TO ANIMAL WELFARE ACT.

(a) LICENSING OF DEALERS AND EXHIBITORS.—

(1) DEFINITION.—Section 2 of the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2132) is amended—

<< 7 USCA § 2132 >>

(A) in the matter preceding subsection (a), by striking “When used in this Act—” and inserting “In this Act:”;

<< 7 USCA § 2132 >>

(B) in subsection (f), by striking “(2) any dog for hunting, security, or breeding purposes” and all that follows through the semicolon at the end and inserting “(2) any dog for hunting, security, or breeding purposes. Such term does not include a retail pet store (other than a retail pet store which sells any animals to a research facility, an exhibitor, or another dealer).”;

<< 7 USCA § 2132 >>

(C) in each of subsections (a), (b), (d), (e), (g), (h), (i), (j), (k), and (m), by striking the semicolon at the end and inserting a period; and

<< 7 USCA § 2132 >>

(D) in subsection (n), by striking “; and” at the end and inserting a period.

<< 7 USCA § 2133 >>

(2) LICENSING.—Section 3 of the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2133) is amended by striking “: Provided, however, That any retail pet store” and all that follows through “under this Act.” and inserting the following “: Provided, however, That a dealer or exhibitor shall not be required to obtain a license as a dealer or exhibitor under this Act if the size of the business is determined by the Secretary to be de minimis.”.

(b) PROHIBITION ON ATTENDING AN ANIMAL FIGHT OR CAUSING AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS NOT ATTAINED THE AGE OF 16 TO ATTEND AN ANIMAL FIGHT; ENFORCEMENT OF ANIMAL FIGHTING PROVISIONS.—

(1) PROHIBITION ON ATTENDING AN ANIMAL FIGHT OR CAUSING AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS NOT ATTAINED THE AGE OF 16 TO ATTEND AN ANIMAL FIGHT.—Section 26(a) of the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2156(a)) is amended—

*991

<< 7 USCA § 2156 >>

(A) in the heading, by striking “SPONSORING OR EXHIBITING AN ANIMAL IN” and inserting “SPONSORING OR EXHIBITING AN ANIMAL IN, ATTENDING, OR CAUSING AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS NOT ATTAINED THE AGE OF 16 TO ATTEND,”; and

(B) in paragraph (1)—

<< 7 USCA § 2156 >>

(i) in the heading, by striking “IN GENERAL” and inserting “SPONSORING OR EXHIBITING”; and

<< 7 USCA § 2156 >>

(ii) by striking “paragraph (2)” and inserting “paragraph (3)”;

<< 7 USCA § 2156 >>

(iii) by redesignating paragraph (2) as paragraph (3); and

(iv) by inserting after paragraph (1) the following:

<< 7 USCA § 2156 >>

“(2) ATTENDING OR CAUSING AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS NOT ATTAINED THE AGE OF 16 TO ATTEND.—It shall be unlawful for any person to—

“(A) knowingly attend an animal fighting venture; or

“(B) knowingly cause an individual who has not attained the age of 16 to attend an animal fighting venture.”.

(2) ENFORCEMENT OF ANIMAL FIGHTING PROHIBITIONS.—Section 49 of title 18, United States Code, is amended—

<< 18 USCA § 49 >>

(A) by striking “Whoever” and inserting “(a) IN GENERAL.—Whoever”;

<< 18 USCA § 49 >>

(B) in subsection (a), as designated by subparagraph (A), by striking “subsection (a),” and inserting “subsection (a)(1),”; and

(C) by adding at the end the following:

<< 18 USCA § 49 >>

“(b) ATTENDING AN ANIMAL FIGHTING VENTURE.—Whoever violates subsection (a)(2)(A) of section 26 of the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2156) shall be fined under this title, imprisoned for not more than 1 year, or both, for each violation.

<< 18 USCA § 49 >>

“(c) CAUSING AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS NOT ATTAINED THE AGE OF 16 TO ATTEND AN ANIMAL FIGHTING VENTURE.—Whoever violates subsection (a)(2)(B) of section 26 (7 U.S.C. 2156) of the Animal Welfare Act shall be fined under this title, imprisoned for not more than 3 years, or both, for each violation.”.

 

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