Posts with tag Legislative Updates

Why Californians Need to Worry About AB485 – the Pet Shop Bill

As recent history has shown, many anti-breeder animal rights extremists continuously advocate for incremental breeding and sales restrictions that they hope will eventually lead to outright bans on all animal breeding and ownership.  They collectively consider all breeders and pet stores as substandard and inherently not interested in practicing or promoting animal welfare.  These politically-aware… read more

Celebrate National Purebred Dog Day!

National Purebred Dog Day was created in 2013 not only to celebrate the heritage, diversity and predictability of purebred dogs, but also to give a forum to the millions of people for whom these dogs are best friends, work mates, family companions, and service dogs. These have been difficult times for purebred dog owners who… read more

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

Legislative Updates: Dogs on Trains and Bid to Increase Penalties in Pennsylvania

A bill, called the Pets on Trains Act of 2013, was introduced in Congress in May that would, if passed, allow passengers to travel with cats and dogs on select trains operated by Amtrak, the government-subsidized rail system. HR 2066, sponsored by representatives Jeff Denham of California and Steve Cohen of Tennessee, is currently in… read more

Christi McDonald

Legislative Updates: BSL Withdrawn in Louisiana; More Good News in N.C.

Two weeks ago in Legislative Updates, I reported that legislation that would restrict ownership of certain breeds and impose ownership and breeding limits was under consideration in Westwego, La., a suburb of New Orleans. According to the Times-Picayune, Councilman Glenn Green withdrew the proposal at a City Council meeting on July 8, although he defended… read more

Christi McDonald

Legislative Updates: Changes to Laws in New York and California, and More

As reported by the ASPCA on June 25, 2013, the New York State Legislature has passed a bill that “gives local governments better tools to regulate puppy mills and pet stores.” Assembly Bill 740 and Senate Bill 3753 are now awaiting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature. According to AKC, breeders who “raise fewer than 25 dogs… read more

Legislative Updates: BSL Around the World

In my last Legislative Updates article, I looked at a couple of locations where breed-specific legislation has been outlawed, and promised to cover studies that have shown the ineffectiveness of BSL, as well as foreign countries that have repealed legislation banning or restricting ownership of certain breeds. First, a quick word regarding the story from… read more

Christi McDonald

Legislative Updates: An Overview of BSL in the U.S. and Abroad

On Monday, June 3, 2013, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed House Bill 6311, “an act prohibiting municipalities from adopting breed-specific dog legislation,” into law. Effective October 1, 2013, local communities may take steps to prevent dogs from running “at large” in the streets and public places, may prevent cruelty to animals and all inhumane sports,… read more

Legislative Updates: Bill Seeking Court-Appointed Pet Advocates Advances

Two weeks ago we reported in Legislative Updates  that in Connecticut, legislation that would create legal representation, or “animal advocates,” for animals had been referred to the state’s Joint Environment Committee. On May 14 the bill was approved by that committee and sent forward with a “joint favorable” designation, meaning that the committee determined that… read more

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