Political Beat


A World Without the AKC?

It’s time to start thinking about a world without the American Kennel Club.  Unless the AKC matches the political machine in every state capital put there by the Humane Society of the United States, it’s only a matter of time until the great ship that is the AKC sinks below the waves. It is not… read more

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Perspectives – One Dog, or 100, All Dogs Deserve Kindness and Great Care

The American Kennel Club (AKC) is a not-for profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the advancement of purebred dogs as family companion and the health and wellbeing of all dogs. For more than 130 years, AKC has been recognized worldwide as the expert on purebred breeding and all aspects of responsible dog ownership. The AKC is… read more


Ask MA Committee to Support Ban on Insurance Breed Discrimination

The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Financial Services is scheduled to consider a bill on November 10 that would protect responsible dog owners by prohibiting insurance companies that offer homeowners insurance from refusing, cancelling, or imposing an increased premium on clients due to the specific breed of dog(s) kept on the property. Summary: Senate Bill 501,… read more

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Massachusetts Update: More Bills Added to Committee Agenda for October 28th

Last week, AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) published information regarding the upcoming meeting of the Joint Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Committee of the Massachusetts legislature.  Since then, additional bills have been added to the committee’s agenda.  Two of the newly-added bills, SB 443 and HB 634, may prove problematic.  AKC GR encourages all concerned… read more

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Michgan Committee to Discuss Shelter, Possible Breeder Regulations on 10/21

The Michigan House Regulatory Reform Committee is scheduled to take public testimony on Wednesday, October 21, on a bill that as introduced creates numerous new regulations regarding shelter intake and release of dogs and cats.  The agenda for the hearing also indicates that the bill may include provisions “to include large-scale commercial dog breeders.” Summary:… read more


Sweden Joins China WDS Row

THE SWEDISH Kennel Club (SKK) has joined its Norwegian counterpart in condemning the holding of the World Dog Show 2019 in China. While striking out at the Federation Cynologique Internationale’s threat of sanctions against the Norwegian Kennel Club (NKK) it has also taken the opportunity to attack the FCI’s decision-making processes, saying that member countries… read more


"ALL PETS MATTER," says Responsible Pet Owners Alliance of Texas

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Aug. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Anytime there is an animal related incident, the first outcry is “There oughtta’ be a law!” Although laws already exist, more regulations are passed in response that exacerbate problems and result in more pets surrendered to animal shelters – not less.  New laws run the gamut:  Mandatory… read more

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Urgent: Ulster County, NY Considering Regulation of Hobby Breeders—Call Today!

The Ulster County Legislature is considering a proposal that would regulate hobby breeders in the county and could vote as early as today (Tuesday, August 18). County residents are urged to contact the legislature immediately and urge them to not allow this proposal to pass as it is currently written.  Type in your address on the… read more


Poor Compliance With Rabies Rules Could Result in Tougher Import Policies for Pet Owners

Few U.S. dog owners would be surprised to hear that federal law prohibits bringing a dog into the United States from countries that are not rabies-free, unless it is fully immunized against the disease. But if you live near a border and travel across borders on a regular basis, it can be easy to forget… read more

Substantial Reduction in the Number of Abandoned Dogs Entering Shelters

Dog lovers all over the US have reason to celebrate news from the NAIA, which reported recently that the number of dogs entering US shelters has dropped significantly over the past few decades to new lows. Digging deeper into the matter, NAIA also learned that only about three percent of dogs in our country’s shelters… read more

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