Legislation has been introduced in both the Puerto Rico House and Senate that would put a 5-year ban on all breeding and mandate the sterilization of every dog in Puerto Rico. The legislation states that this will address the significant problem of unwanted and abandoned dogs in Puerto Rico. AKC opposes this legislation, as it will do nothing to help this problem, will punish responsible breeders and dog owners, and could harm dogs that are sterilized at too young of an age.
USDA/APHIS has issued new guidance that allows USDA licensees and registrants to use microchips to officially identify regulated animals without having to request a variance.
The Ohio Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 331 tomorrow, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. As introduced, SB 331 seeks to create positive state-level oversight of pet shops, which AKC supports; but it also includes a problematic change to the state’s existing definition of high volume breeder.
Effective March 1, 2016, all event permit holders (including non-canine events) were notified that Thomas Square would be unavailable to hold events. Rumors of renovations are circulating; however specifics on the plan and the future of dog events at this venue are not known.
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.
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. The AKC thanks the numerous breeders and clubs in Iowa who worked tirelessly to educate their legislators on the truth about responsible breeders and the positive impact they have on their dogs and on Iowa.
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