NJ ALERT: Bill to Repeal Consumer Protection Laws, Restrict Sales to be Heard Monday, June 6
New Jersey Senate Bill 63, which seeks to repeal consumer protection laws for New Jersey pet purchasers and restrict individuals’ choice of a purpose-bred dog is scheduled to be considered by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on Monday, June 6.  It is imperative that New Jersey purebred dog enthusiasts, owners and breeders contact the […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/nj-repeal-consumer-protection-restrict-breeders-opposition/ | May 31, 2016
Puerto Rico considera la esterilización mandataria y la prohibición de la crianza de perros
Read English version here Se han introducida legislación con la esterilización mandataria y la prohibición de 5 años de la crianza de los perros en el congreso puertorriqueño. La gente que no cumple con la ley pueda recibir multas, estar encarcelada, o perder posesión de los perros. La legislación trata de abordar el problema grande […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/puerto-rico-considera-esterilizacion-mandataria/ | May 27, 2016
Puerto Rico Seeks to Declare Mandatory Sterilization, 5-Year Ban on Breeding
En Español 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.  Those who do not comply risk fines, imprisonment, and having their dogs seized by law enforcement. The legislation states that this will […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/puerto-rico-seeks-breeding-ban/ | May 26, 2016
USDA Updates Its Policy on Using Microchips to Identify Regulated Animals
The United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (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. USDA-licensed dog breeders, owners, transporters, and other regulated entities can view USDA’s May 23, 2016 bulletin and the […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/usda-aphis-updates-microchip-policy-may25/ | May 25, 2016
Ohio: Committee Considers Pet Shop Standards, Regulated Breeder Definition Tomorrow
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. The American Kennel Club (AKC) and […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/ohio-pet-shop-standards-regulate-breeders-may23/ | May 23, 2016
Hawaii Action Alert: Public Hearings on Thomas Square Renovations Start Today
Proposed renovations to Thomas Square, a popular dog event venue in Honolulu, and their impact on current park users will be on the agenda for discussion at three upcoming public meetings: Park Permittee Public Meeting—Monday, May 23, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm, Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall - Kauai Room (enter from the Galleria 2nd Floor), 777 Ward […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/hawaii-public-hearing-thomas-square-renovations/ | May 23, 2016
Ask NY Assembly to Support Prohibiting Breed Discrimination in Insurance Policies
The NY Assembly Insurance Committee has given initial approval to a bill that would prohibit homeowners insurance providers from refusing or cancelling coverage or increasing premiums based solely on the breed of dog owned by the policy holder.  The bill now goes to the Assembly Codes Committee.  All responsible dog owners and breeders in New […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/assembly-support-ny-a3696/ | May 19, 2016
New Jersey Committee to Consider Dog Bills on Thursday, May 19
Monday, May 16, 2016 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.  Assembly Bill 308 seeks […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/new-jersey-multi-bill-alert-may-16/ | May 16, 2016
NC: Ask House to Support Bill Letting Law Enforcement Personnel Adopt Retired Working Dogs
A bill was approved yesterday by the North Carolina House Local Government Committee that would expand the laws allowing law enforcement officers to adopt the animals they worked with once the animals are retired.  In 2015, a law was passed on this issue, but it only applied to the City of Raleigh and Mecklenburg County.  […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/nc-hb1009-house-vote/ | May 13, 2016
Iowa Legislature Adjourns Without Passing Harmful Breeder Legislation
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.  For the past several years, legislation has been introduced that would have further regulated those who maintain at least four intact dogs and receive any kind of consideration for […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/iowa-legislature-adjourns/ | May 2, 2016

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