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New AKC Position Statement: Freedom of Choice & Education is Pillar of Successful Dog Ownership

On August 8, the American Kennel Club (AKC) Board of Directors unanimously approved a new Canine Legislation Position Statement on Pet Choice. The statement (below) takes a strong stand in support of pet choice, education and responsible pet selection as a foundation for successful long-term pet ownership. It also affirms AKC’s opposition to legislation that… read more

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APHIS Proposed Rule Makes Regulations Consistent with Animal Welfare Act

Today, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published proposed updates to its regulations to make them consistent with existing requirements under the federal Animal Welfare Act AWA). These rules do not represent a change in current USDA policy regarding licensing. The proposed updates (known as a “proposed rule”) reflect changes to the… read more

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Oregon supreme Court Decision Not the Landmark Case Animal Rights Advocates Claim

By Jessica Acito, GR Intern, and Phil M. Guidry, J.D., GR Sr. Policy Analyst Last week the Oregon Supreme Court handed down a decision in Oregon v. Newcomb regarding the relationship between animal cruelty and a dog’s legal status as personal property.  The court allowed a blood sample, taken from a dog seized without its… read more

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CALIFORNIA: Committee to Consider Bill Allowing Strangers to Remove Dogs from Vehicles

The California Senate Public Safety Committee will hear Assembly Bill 797 which will allow private citizens to remove a companion animal from a vehicle if they believe that the animal is in imminent danger of suffering harm. Dog owners who reside or participate in events in California are encouraged to contact the Public Safety Committee or… read more

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Public Education, Support for Breeders is a Better Solution for Puerto Rico Dogs

The images are enough to break anyone’s heart – stray dogs roaming the street without proper food, water and basic needs; shelters overflowing with unwanted animals.  There is no question that something needs to be done.  The dogs – and the people of Puerto Rico – deserve better.But punishing those who responsibly own and breed… read more

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NY Times: China’s Dog Meat Festival Is Again at Hand, and Opponents Are Lining Up

By NY Times BEIJING — Two weeks before the annual dog meat festival in the southern Chinese city of Yulin, an international coalition of animal welfare advocates is stepping up pressure on the Chinese government to shut it down. A petition with more than 11 million signatures was presented to the Chinese Embassy in London… read more

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California: Committee to Consider Bill Allowing Strangers to remove Dogs From Vehicles

The California Senate Judiciary Committee will hear Assembly Bill 797which will allow private citizens to remove a companion animal from a vehicle if they believe that the animal is in imminent danger of suffering harm. Dog owners who reside or participate in events in California are encouraged to contact the Judiciary Committee or their Senator… read more

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New Jersey Committee to Consider Dog Bills on Thursday, May 19th

The New Jersey Assembly’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will consider two dog-related bills on Thursday, May 19.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) encourages all dog owners in New Jersey to review the proposals and contact the members of the committee with any concerns you may have. Assembly Bill 308 seeks to prohibit those convicted… read more

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Colton, CA to Consider Mandatory Spay/Neuter – Tuesday, May 17 – OPPOSITION NEEDED!

Dear AKC Delegates, Club Officers, Breeders and Judges, Please pass this information on to your club members in the Colton, CA (Southern, CA) area. AKC Government Relations has just learned that the Colton City Council will consider an ordinance (p. 259-329) to require the sterilization of all dogs and cats within the city limits with… read more

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Iowa Legislature Adjourns Without Passing Harmful Breeder Legislation

The Iowa State Legislature adjourned on Friday evening for the year and once again no legislation that would negatively impact breeders and dog owners was passed. For the past several years, legislation has been introduced that would have further regulated those who maintain at least four intact dogs and receive any kind of consideration for… read more

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