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Montana Swarmed by ARistas During HB608 Committee Hearing

Unbelievably, Red State Montana Considers Anti Breeder Law. On Tuesday, March 25, the Montana Business and Labor Committee held a hearing about an overreaching animal welfare bill to regulate dog and cat breeders. As it is written now, HB608 does not differentiate between responsible breeding or commercial breeding or poor breeding practices or abusive animal… read more

Montana: URGENT Committee Vote On Overreaching Pet Breeder Law Scheduled for March 24

A bill to regulate pet breeders is scheduled to be voted on by the House Business and Labor Committee on March 24. House Bill 608 seeks to establish licensing, inspections, regulations, fees, and penalties for dog and cat breeders.  It would define a “commercial breeder” as: A person or entity who owns, keeps, or harbors… read more

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US House Approves Pilot Program Allowing Pets on Trains, Act NOW!

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a comprehensive passenger train bill that in requires Amtrak to develop a pilot program that would, when feasible, designate at least one car where passengers may transport a dog or cat if the pet is in a kennel that can be stowed according to Amtrak’s requirements for carry-on… read more

MD to Consider Bill Containing Misleading Findings, Limiting Pet Sales On 3/3

The Maryland House Economic Matters Committee is scheduled to consider a bill tomorrow (Tuesday, March 3) that contains some very troubling legislative findings (including implying that breeders are the reason dogs end up in shelters) and also restricts certain pet sales in the state. AKC encourages Maryland residents to contact the committee and respectfully educate… read more


Long Beach, CA to Vote on Mandatory Spay/Neuter Ordinance – UPDATE!

UPDATE: The proposed mandatory spay/neuter ordinance has been removed from today’s agenda and tentatively rescheduled for March 10th. AKC will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates. If you have not yet written a letter or email, please do so Dear AKC Delegates, Judges, Club Officers and Legislative Liaisons, Please share this important information… read more


Montana: SUPPORT Bill to Prohibit Breed-Specific Legislation – Hearing 2/16/15

On February 16, 2015, the Montana Senate Local Government Committee is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 239, a bill that seeks to protect the rights of responsible dog owners in Montana. SB 239 would prohibit local governments from enacting or enforcing an ordinance, policy, resolution or other regulation that is specific to the breed or… read more


Bill to Prevent PETA From Killing Dogs and Cats Passes in the Virginia Senate, 33-5

The Virginia Senate has passed a bill aimed at preventing PETA from killing dogs and cats at their headquarters in Norfolk. PETA nominally operates a “shelter” in Virginia, which has killed well over 30,000 animals. As I reported yesterday, in 2014, PETA slaughtered over 88% of the dogs and cats taken in. A number of… read more


North Dakota News: Resolution Would Direct Study of Assistance Dogs

Next Monday, February 9, 2015, the North Dakota House Human Services Committee will consider House Concurrent Resolution 3010. If ultimately approved, the resolution will direct legislative staff to study the identification of properly trained assistance dogs providing legitimate service to their owners, waivers of local registration fees, and the effect of various local ordinances on… read more


Maryland Alert: Senate Bill 26 Could Impact Field Trials, Outdoor Winter Dog Events

The Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee is scheduled to consider a bill on Wednesday, February 4, that would amend the state’s tethering laws and ban dogs from being left tethered outdoors in extreme cold and winter conditions. However, as introduced it prohibits any dog from being tethered outside unattended for an hour when the temperature… read more


HSUS Launches Lame Web Defense to Criticism

It’s clear that our campaign to expose the deceptive “Humane Society” of the United States has been successful. We have one main message: Only 1 percent of the money given to HSUS winds up at local pet shelters. Most people—including HSUS donors—don’t know this, and it’s due to HSUS’s deceptive fundraising chock full of cats and dogs… read more

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