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Assemblyman Neil Cohen has withdrawn the controversial A. 3401 bill from the New Jersey State Assembly. The proposed bill defined a “breeder” as any person who sells or offers for sale more than five dogs per year and required breeders to comply with a host of restrictive regulations for the care and maintenance of dogs.
The withdrawal of this bill by the sponsor is an acknowledgement of the impact of the concerted efforts of the dog community in opposing this legislation.
The purebred dog community must be vigilant and prepared for the next onslaught of negative canine legislation impacting the right to own and breed purebred dogs. It is very possible that some form of breeder restriction bill will be introduced in the fall session of the New Jersey Legislature. The AKC Canine Legislation Department will continue to monitor legislative actions in New Jersey and around the country and will alert the fancy upon the introduction of threatening legislation.