The House voted to pass a pet-services bill Monday that would require all federal agencies to allow animals to be kept in private homes.
The legislation would apply to most animals in the United States, and if enacted would likely apply to animals owned by vets.
The measure passed by a vote of 221-215.
It’s the first major legislation to address the issue.
The bill was introduced by Reps.
Bill Flores, R-Texas, and Pete Olson, R, and would also require the U.S. Postal Service to allow pets to be transported by their owners to the vet.
The Humane Society of the United Nations said the legislation would be an effective way to reduce the number of animals dying in shelters.
The organization has been lobbying for legislation since the summer, saying that pets are being used as scapegoats in the war on terror and the U,S.
is at war with the pet industry.
“The pet industry has a long history of pushing this idea of people killing animals for the pet-food industry,” said Sarah Tompkins, senior vice president of public policy for the Humane Society.
“This legislation is an important step in our fight to ensure that people and animals are treated humanely.”
The bill, which has a number of Republican co-sponsors, was introduced in the House by Flores and Olson.
It is expected to pass both chambers and be signed by President Donald Trump.
The Animal Welfare Act was signed into law in 1970.
It prohibits the killing of domestic animals for food or for use in the entertainment industry.