PA Committee to Consider Positive Breeder Resolution on March 1

PA Committee to  Consider Positive Breeder Resolution on March 1


The Pennsylvania House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee is expected to consider a bill on Tuesday, March 1, that recognizes the negative impact the new state breeder laws and regulations have had on Pennsylvania breeders and the Commonwealth’s economy, and establish a study commission to further examine these issues. The AKC encourages Pennsylvania responsible breeders and dog owners to contact the committee, and your state Representative, and ask them to support House Resolution 89.


House Resolution 89 would require the Joint State Government Commission to study and review the economic impact of the 2008 breeder laws and subsequent regulations and submit a report to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. It would also require the commission to study the new regulations and provide a report prior to their enactment in July 2011.

HR 89 also contains a number of positive statements in support of breeders and the impact overly-restrictive breeder legislation has on the economy, including:

  • Recognition of the “substantial investments” that breeders have made in land, buildings, veterinary care, etc.

  • Estimating that the new laws have resulted in millions of dollars in economic losses for small businesses

  • Recognition that the laws/regulations have resulted in the loss of numerous jobs.

  • Recognition that there are many questions regarding the costs in implementing the new regulatory standards.

The AKC strongly supports this resolution, which recognizes the significant impact that dog breeders have on the economy and the significant resources breeders devote to their business.

How You Can Help

  • Attend the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and express your support for this resolution. The hearing details are as follows:

House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee
Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Room G50, Irvis Office
Pennsylvania State Capitol
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

For questions or more information, contact the AKC’s Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720 or