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Senate passes a bill allowing movie extras to use their pets without filing paperwork
The Hill ^ | 12/07/12 03:35 PM ET | Ramsey Cox

Posted on 12/08/2012 10:35:27 PM PST by null and void

The Senate passed a bill Thursday night that would exempt animals used as “extras” in movies and television from protections in the Animal Welfare Act.

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) introduced the bill, which amends the Animal Welfare Act so that actors appearing as extras who use their own pets in a scene don’t have to submit paperwork proving they are humanely caring for their pet.

“Currently, if you’re a movie extra and have your dog with you — you’re subject to burdensome paperwork and approval from a [United States Department of Agriculture] bureaucrat,” Vitter’s press secretary Luke Bolar said. “Sen. Vitter’s bill eliminates the unnecessary regulation.”

The part of the Animal Welfare Act that was amended was originally intended to protect animals that are used exclusively for commercial purposes, such as in zoos or circuses, but like their human counterparts, animal extras receive very little compensation and aren’t subjected to long movie shoots.  

Vitter’s amendment, which passed by unanimous consent, presumes that because a pet owner’s reasons for owning a domesticated pet, such as a dog or cat, are personal in nature, the pet owner has an interest in maintaining the animal’s welfare and therefore shouldn’t have to prove they are providing a caring environment for the animal.

S. 3666 clarifies that common, domesticated pets owned by individual citizens should not be included in the definition of “exhibitor” in the Animal Welfare Act.

Louisiana ranks third behind California and New York for filmmaking locations within the United States.


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Senate votes to exempt animals used in movies and television from protections under Animal Welfare Act...

Some animals really are more equal than others...

1 posted on 12/08/2012 10:35:37 PM PST by null and void
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To: null and void
My copy of the Constitution is missing the part where Congress is authorized in Art 1, Sec 8 to make ANY laws about animals.

/johnny

2 posted on 12/08/2012 10:38:24 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: null and void

Your tax dollars hard at work.


3 posted on 12/08/2012 10:45:06 PM PST by Albion Wilde (Government can't redistribute talent, willpower, or intelligence, except through dictatorship.)
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To: null and void

Well there you go!
Who says Reid is a cowardly, do-nothing piece of sh** ?


4 posted on 12/08/2012 10:47:25 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: null and void
I'm glad we're getting to these really crucial issues before we careen off the economy-tanking fiscal cliff in a few weeks.

And they spent time removing "lunatic" from federal verbiage last week.

5 posted on 12/08/2012 10:59:09 PM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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This is all they got to work on???

We are well and truly SCREWED!!

6 posted on 12/08/2012 11:22:06 PM PST by HeartlandOfAmerica ("We have prepared for the unbeliever, whips and chains and blazing fires!" Koran Sura 76:4)
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Oh good. I was worried there for a while. Now the entire nation can sleep better tonight.


7 posted on 12/09/2012 12:08:37 AM PST by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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Wow! I’m so happy that are lawmakers are hard at work to make sure movie extras are not inconvenienced. or whatever


8 posted on 12/09/2012 12:12:53 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

Good Lord, we need to limit the hours Congress spends in Washington. It seems they have very few serious issues to deal with and are focusing on minutia.

Yep, tax payers dollars hard at work/s


9 posted on 12/09/2012 12:40:42 AM PST by Catsrus
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To: null and void

Additional language buried in the bill exempts senators from the laws against cavorting with prostitutes.


10 posted on 12/09/2012 12:44:15 AM PST by greedo ( http://youtu.be/xKtyZwtrTCQ)
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To: null and void
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) introduced the bill, which amends the Animal Welfare Act so that actors appearing as extras who use their own pets in a scene don’t have to submit paperwork proving they are humanely caring for their pet.

Thank you Sen. Vitter for making life easier for the HELLywood leftists. I really appreciate it. /sarcasm
11 posted on 12/09/2012 12:54:34 AM PST by dbehsman (NRA Life Member, and loving every minute of it!)
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To: JRandomFreeper
So, not only is our national government regulating in areas Constitutionally verbotten, but now it's regulating the regulators by unregulating.
12 posted on 12/09/2012 1:03:07 AM PST by C210N (In favor of private rights and public happiness)
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Yay !! I'm Free !! Thank God, I'm Free At Last !!! Chase
13 posted on 12/09/2012 1:11:07 AM PST by onona (Merry Christmas Brothers and Sisters)
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Entertainment-related legislation... now that`s something American voters can manage to understand. Next up will be debate on a bill allowing Lady Gaga to perform while wearing a dress made of raw turkey giblets.


14 posted on 12/09/2012 2:11:40 AM PST by ScottinVA (I've never been more disgusted with American voters.)
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WOOOF!

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15 posted on 12/09/2012 2:38:22 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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16 posted on 12/09/2012 2:38:29 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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So, if Alex Karras happens to be on the set one day with his pet...horse, he wouldn’t have to fill out any paperwork for his pet? Works for me!
18 posted on 12/09/2012 3:28:46 AM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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They titled it the Free Individual Dog Owners Act- or FIDO for short


19 posted on 12/09/2012 4:59:13 AM PST by almcbean
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It is good to see the Senate working on IMPORTANT business.

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Maybe next they can do something even more IMPORTANT — ala carte Cable TV.


20 posted on 12/09/2012 5:34:35 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: fwdude
I'm glad we're getting to these really crucial issues before we careen off the economy-tanking fiscal cliff in a few weeks.

This is equivalent to being on the Titanic five minutes before striking the iceberg and worrying about whether to place the oyster forks 1/2" or 3/8" from the fish forks when setting up the dinning room for supper.

21 posted on 12/09/2012 6:24:06 AM PST by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: Catsrus

“No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the Legislature is in session”


22 posted on 12/09/2012 6:58:38 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

No truer words have ever been spoken!


23 posted on 12/09/2012 7:32:51 AM PST by Catsrus
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To: null and void

Geeeeesh! The country is headed over the fiscal cliff, and the Senate passes THIS?

No budget in 3 years...


24 posted on 12/09/2012 8:12:44 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Flick Lives

LOL! Perfect analogy.


25 posted on 12/10/2012 12:27:01 PM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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