Illinois: Chicago Proposal Could Undermine Hobby Breeders and Pet Store Consumer Protections
A proposal has been introduced in the Chicago City Council that seeks to stop fraudulent rescues from sourcing to pet stores. In addition to addressing this issue, it also would make numerous changes to city pet animal ordinances, including requiring licensing of hobby breeders as animal care facilities, and removing important consumer protection and information […] | May 29, 2020
Tennessee: Voices of Tennessee Animal Owners Are Heard— Overreaching Bill HB 852 Does Not Advance
A problematic amendment to Tennessee House Bill 852 failed in the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee and the bill was taken off notice, likely ending its consideration for the remainder of the legislative session.  Thank you to dog owners who shared information about this issue and animal owners across the state who contacted subcommittee members and […] | May 29, 2020
Tennessee: Overreaching Bill that Would Grant Expanded Powers to Non-Governmental Humane Societies Could Be Considered TOMORROW, 5/27/20
A proposed amendment to Tennessee House Bill 852 seeks to significantly change the nature and scope of the bill as it was originally filed. HB 852, and amendments thereto, are on the agenda of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee tomorrow, May 27.  Due to COVID-19 disruptions, it is unclear if this bill actually will be […] | May 26, 2020
VT: Governor Asked to Give Green Light to Unregulated Animal Transports
According to a May 18, 2020, article, as Vermont begins to re-open from the COVID-19 pandemic, animal importers have asked Governor Phil Scott to authorize the resumption of interstate pet transports to supply Vermont shelters with dogs sourced from outside the state.  The article also details how some shelters are considering breeding dogs themselves to […] | May 22, 2020
U.S. Congress: AKC Lauds Introduction of Healthy Dog Importation Act to Protect Animal and Public Health
The American Kennel Club welcomes the introduction today of the Healthy Dog Importation Act of 2020  in the U.S. House of Representatives. AKC is grateful for the bi-partisan leadership of Congressmen Abraham (LA-5), Schrader (OR-5) and Yoho (FL-3) in sponsoring the bill, and believes this will go a long way to addressing concerns about recent […] | May 19, 2020
Oak Grove, KY—Second Vote on Animal Ordinance Could be Held Tomorrow (5/19/20)
The Oak Grove City Council could hold a second and enacting vote on changes to the city’s animal ordinance at its regular city council meeting tomorrow, May 19, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.  Neither the meeting agenda nor the text of the proposed ordinance were available at the time this legislative alert was released.  Therefore, it […] | May 18, 2020
Join AKC Government Relations for A Webinar on Breed-Specific Legislation on May 27
Banning breed-specific laws (BSL) is probably the most common issue on which most animal advocates agree – yet it is one of the most difficult issues to pass. Last week, advocates in Missouri tried numerous political maneuvers to finally pass a law banning breed-specific policies in the state, but unfortunately none were successful. In 2019, […] | May 18, 2020
USDA-APHIS Update: Overview of New Animal Care Rules
Earlier this week, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the finalization of new Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulations.  The changes were made in an effort to promote compliance, reduce license fees, and strengthen safeguards to prevent individuals and businesses with a history of noncompliance from obtaining […] | May 15, 2020
Update: MA Opposition to Ban on Dogs Outside and Unattended Successful; But Committee Re-draft Proposes Major Changes for All Kennels
SUCCESSFUL RESULT ON HB 1822/SB 989 OUTREACH More than 100 emails to Massachusetts lawmakers from dog owners and parent breed club members were accompanied by a formal joint letter in opposition to HB 1822 and SB 989 and signed by AKC, the Congressional Sportsmen Foundation, the National Animal Interest Alliance, the New England Policemen Benevolent […] | May 12, 2020
California Committee Considering Further Pet Store Restrictions on May 21
In 2017, California passed a law that limited consumer choice in the state by banning the sales of dogs and cats at pet stores, unless they are sourced from a shelter or rescue. Since this went into effect, there have been concerns expressed by supporters of the law that loopholes remain.  As a result, the […] | May 12, 2020

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