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Protect Your Rights to Breed & Sell Puppies: CA Assembly Bill 485 Moving Through Committee

  Friday, April 21, 2017 California Assembly Bill 485, which seeks to limit Californians from purchasing purposefully-bred dogs from regulated retail sources, passed the Assembly Business and Professions Committee on Tuesday, April 18.  The bill has now been assigned to the Assembly Appropriations Committee, but has not yet been scheduled for a committee hearing. The… read more

National Purebred Dog Day Gains Ground

CONGRESSIONAL VETERINARIANS INTRODUCE RESOLUTION HONORING PUREBRED DOGS New York – U.S. Congressmen and veterinarians Ted Yoho [R-FL- 3], Ralph Abraham, [R-LA- 5], Kurt Schrader [D-OR-5] and have joined forces across the aisle to introduce a Congressional Resolution in support of National Purebred Dog Day. The resolution highlights the essential and important role that purebred dogs… read more

Taiwan Passes Landmark Law Banning Eating Dogs or Cats

EATING dogs and cats has been banned in Taiwan. It is the first Asian country to do so. New legislation, passed last week, prevents eating, buying or possessing dog or cat meat. Those who break the law face a fine of about £6,500. Selling the meat in restaurants has also been outlawed, and animal cruelty… read more

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Attacks That Doomed ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ Portend Trouble for Pet Lovers

A recent decision by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to shutter “the Greatest Show on Earth” is a cautionary tale for responsible dog breeders and those who enjoy the love and companionship of purebred dogs. That’s because the same activists who attacked the circus over the last several years are taking aim… read more

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AKC Hosts First-of-its-Kind Regional Legislative Conference

Since 2012, the AKC Government Relations team has hosted Conferences on Canine Legislation for AKC legislative liaisons and state federation leaders. The popular biennial conference brings together in Raleigh, North Carolina, grassroots leaders from across the country — from as far as Hawaii to Maine Raleigh, North Carolina for two days of training and networking…. read more

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Pinellas CO. (FL): Proposed Ordinance Regulates Sellers of One Litter as “Pet Dealers”

The Pinellas County Board of Commissioners is scheduled vote on problematic changes to the county animal ordinance at its February 21, 2017 meeting. Among other provisions of concern, the proposed ordinance would define a person who sells one litter of cats or dogs per year as “pet dealer” and require compliance with kennel and breeder… read more

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Over 90 Lawmakers Join AKC to Celebrate Responsible Dog Ownership at Meet the Breeds Event

More than ninety legislators from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are sharing their public commitment to responsible dog ownership this month by serving as Honorary Chairs for the Meet the Breeds™ event hosted by the American Kennel Club and Westminster Kennel Club. The Meet the Breeds event celebrates responsible dog ownership and features the… read more

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American Kennel Club Honors GA Senator Bill Heath with Legislator of the Year Award

Atlanta, GA – The American Kennel Club (AKC) honored Georgia Senator Bill Heath with the AKC Legislator of the Year Award on January 12, 2017 in recognition of his dedication to protecting the wellbeing of dogs and the rights of responsible dog owners and sportsmen. The AKC Legislator of the Year award honors legislators who demonstrate… read more

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NJ Alert: Bills Impacting Consumer Protections to be Heard Monday, Jan 30th – Take Action Now!

New Jersey Assembly Bill 2338 and Senate Bill 63, which seek to amend the state’s Pet Purchase Protection Act with many confusing provisions, to significantly restrict the ability of pet owners to obtain a puppy of their choice, and to significantly limit some hobby breeders, are scheduled to be considered by the Assembly Appropriations Committee… read more

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Informational Update: New York Measures Seek to Regulate Dog Trainers

Proposals have been introduced in the New York Senate and the Nassau County Legislature that seek to license and regulate those who train dogs.  At this time, neither of these bills are scheduled for hearings, and the AKC Government Relations Department continues to closely monitor both proposals. New York Senate Bill 144: This bill would… read more

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