In Cleaning Up The Mess After United States v. Stevens: Amended H.R. 5566, I recently talked about how previous federal legislation designed to combat “crush videos” ended up being struck down by the United States Supreme Court. The House immediately introduced a bill to fix the problem, which the Senate tweaked. The next step was reconciling the differences between the House bill and the Senate amendments.
Just yesterday, the House made a resolution to pass Amended H.R. 5566, but wanted one minor change regarding how to punish attempt or conspiracy under the new law. That means the Senate will have to take a look at the House’s proposed change before the bill goes to the White House. Considering there was a surge of crush videos in the market after the Stevens ruling, this process needs to come to a full resolution soon. But at least things are continuing to move along.
In Get A Grip! Does An Electronic Collar Count As A Leash Under The Leash Laws? Should It?, I discussed a local leash law, and whether a shock collar would qualify as a leash. Of course, this begs the question of whether you should use a shock collar at all!
Today, an appellate court in Wales upheld legislation banning the use of shock collars. The law was passed in March, but was challenged by Petsafe Ltd., a pet product manufacturer, and the Electronic Collar Manufacturers Association.
Here’s to two definite steps in the right direction!
UPDATE (Nov. 20, 2010): Here’s to rounding out this week with a huge victory in the Senate! Just yesterday, the Senate just gave unanimous consent to pass the changes the House wanted in Amended H.R. 5566, and it is on its way to the White House to be signed into law!