NJ Action Alert: Problematic Cost of Care Bill to Be Heard on Monday, January 3 – Voice Concerns Today
1/4/22 Update:  Unfortunately, the Assembly Agriculture Committee approved an amended version of A.6099 by a vote of 4-1.  Two of the votes in favor of the bill were by committee members who were defeated in their recent reelection bids.  Like its companion bill S.4058 in the Senate, A.6099 may now be scheduled for consideration by […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/nj-action-alert-problematic-cost-care-bill-heard-monday-january-3-voice-concerns-today/ | December 30, 2021
NC Proposes Updated Regulations for Shelters, Boarding Kennels, Pet Shops, and Dealers
The Animal Welfare Division of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences (NCAGR) is proposing updates to the rules used to carry out the state’s Animal Welfare Act.  The proposed revisions reflect changes in guidelines and best practices for licensees as well as changes in regulated industries. The rules apply to facilities licensed […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/nc-proposes-updated-regulations-shelters-boarding-kennels-pet-shops-dealers/ | December 28, 2021
NH Info: Attack on the Training of Hunting Dogs, Field Trials Before Legislature in 2022
The American Kennel Club (AKC) believes that, as early as January, New Hampshire House Bill 1308 will have a legislative hearing, during which lawmakers will decide whether beagle clubs should continue to be allowed to host field trials and capture 20 wild hare annually for purposes of training their scent hounds.  If adopted, the bill […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/nh-info-attack-training-hunting-dogs-field-trials-legislature-2022/ | December 17, 2021
Louisiana: Caddo Parish Adopts Mandatory Spay/Neuter Ordinance
The Caddo Parish Commission recently voted 10-1 in favor of an ordinance requiring dogs to be spayed or neutered, despite concerns raised by the AKC and local residents. The Ordinance will go into effect on July 1, 2022 for a period of two years. The parish will evaluate the ordinance's effects after two years. Unless […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/louisiana-caddo-parish-adopts-mandatory-spay-neuter-ordinance/ | December 14, 2021
Montgomery AL: Animal Ordinance Meeting 12/20/21, Animal Owners Urged to Attend, Participate
An ad hoc committee of the Montgomery City Council will meet again on Monday, December 20, 2021, to continue work on a proposed animal ordinance. Media reports indicate that the committee intends to propose: Expanded requirements to obtain a breeding permit, raising the annual permit fee from $20 to $150, and requiring the applicant to […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/montgomery-al-animal-ordinance-meeting-12-20-21-animal-owners-urged-attend-participate/ | December 14, 2021
NJ: Onerous Costs of Care Bill Scheduled for Lame Duck Committee Consideration – Voice Concerns Today!
12/13/21 update:  The Senate Environment and Energy Committee passed an amended version of Senate Bill 4058.  The committee amendment eliminated the provision that allowed courts to reduce the amount of costs assessed to only veterinary costs.  AKC believes this amendment further makes S.4058 untenable.  AKC Government Relations will continue to provide updates should S.4058 progress […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/nj-onerous-costs-care-bill-scheduled-lame-duck-committee-consideration-voice-concerns-today/ | December 8, 2021
AKC-Supported APHIS Rule Requiring Emergency Contingency Planning Finalized
Yesterday, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the final adoption of a rule, effective January 3, 2022, that requires licensees under the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA)—including breeder/dealers, research facilities, intermediate handlers, and carriers—to establish emergency/contingency plans in the event of a natural or manmade disaster […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/akc-supported-aphis-rule-requiring-emergency-contingency-planning-finalized/ | December 3, 2021
Louisiana: Caddo Parish taking Public Comment on Mandatory Spay/Neuter on 12/9- Express Concerns Today
The Caddo Parish Commission is moving forward with an animal control ordinance that would require sterilization of dogs and cats A public hearing will be held at the December 9th Commission meeting to gather feedback from the community.  AKC strongly encourages residents to attend the hearing and contact the commission to express your concerns with […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/louisiana-caddo-parish-taking-public-comment-mandatory-spay-neuter-12-9-express-concerns-today/ | December 2, 2021
NJ: Let Speaker Coughlin Know that “Lawyers for Dogs” Bills Are a Very Bad Idea
The American Kennel Club (AKC) and a broad coalition of animal interests groups remain gravely concerned with New Jersey Senate Bill 2868 and its companion Assembly Bill 4533, which, if enacted as currently written, would create court-appointed legal advocates for animals. AKC supports the traditional legal classification of animals as personal property, which has resulted […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/nj-let-speaker-coughlin-know-lawyers-dogs-bills-bad-idea/ | December 2, 2021

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