Sen. Kamala Harris: ‘When Our Government Saves Animals That Have Been Victims of Cruelty and Abuse, We Must Do Everything We Can to Ensure Their Welfare’

By Staff | February 21, 2019 | 2:02pm EST
Sen. Kamala Harris greets people at a church in Los Angeles, Calif. (Getty Images/David McNew)

( - Sen. Kamala Harris has re-introduced legislation she is co-sponsoring with Sen. Susan Collins (R.-Me.) that seeks to aid animals that have been rescued by the federal government from being used in animal fights.

“Animal fighting is wrong, and when our government saves animals that have been victims of cruelty and abuse, we must do everything we can to ensure their welfare,” Harris said in a Tweet on Feb. 15.

“Proud to reintroduce a bill today to streamline the process of getting these animals the care they need,” Harris said in the Tweet.

The bill is called the Help Extract Animals from Red Tape Act—or HEART Acgt.

In a joint press release that Harris put out with Sen. Collins, Collins said that animals rescued from cruelty deserve “loving homes.”

“Animals who have been rescued from cruelty and abuse deserve to be placed in loving homes as soon as it is safely possible,” said Senator Collins. “Based on recommendations by the Department of Justice’s Animal Cruelty Roundtable, the HEART Act would reduce the minimum amount of time animals must be held in shelters and alleviate the financial burdens that fall on those who care for seized animals. I urge our colleagues to join us in support of this bipartisan bill to better help animals that have experienced inhumane treatment.”

Sen. Harris said: “I’m proud to reintroduce this bill to streamline the process of getting these animals the care they need and ensuring that they are properly cared for in the future.”

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