USDA APHIS 2020 Impact Report Highlights Agency Successes
Today, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) issued its 2020 Impact Report. While acknowledging the challenges provided by COVID-19 on agency operations, APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea described 2020 as the agency’s most productive year.  Accordingly, APHIS contacted 100 percent of the facilities regulated under the Animal Welfare […] | March 24, 2021
Texas Update: Bill Limiting Consumer Pet Choice Left Pending in Committee
Yesterday, after hours of testimony was presented, the Texas House Business and Industry Committee took no action on House Bill 1818.  HB 1818 would limit pet stores located in counties of more than 200,000 residents to sourcing dogs from only: (1) an animal control agency, (2) an animal shelter, (3) an animal rescue organization, or (4) […] | March 24, 2021
Texas Legislative Update: Positive Shelter, Police Dog Bills Advance In Committees
Two bills supported by AKC have recently been approved by Texas legislative committees. HB 652—Shelter Disease Outbreak Reporting Last week, the Texas House Committee on Public Health amended and approved HB 652. In its original version, the bill would have required animal shelters to provide notice to each person who adopts an animal from the […] | March 23, 2021
Texas Alert: Ask Committee to Support Bill Requiring Shelters to Scan Animals for Microchips
Texas House Bill 604 seeks to require animal shelters and releasing agencies, including animal rescue organizations, to scan an animal for a microchip as soon as practicable after the animal is placed in their custody.  The American Kennel Club supports this measure and believes it will help return lost or at-large animals efficiently to their […] | March 22, 2021
Maryland: House Committee to Hold Hearing on Hunting Bill Containing AKC Amendment
On Wednesday March 24 at 1:30pm, the House Environment and Transportation will hold a hearing on Senate Bill 200.   As mentioned in a previous alert, Senate Bill 200 seek to prohibit contests where the sole objective is the killing of certain wildlife for prizes or monetary awards.  It further clarifies that any prohibition will not apply to […] | March 22, 2021
Update CT: Support for Police K9s on Senate Calendar
The Connecticut Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security has voted in favor of SB 123, which seeks to increase penalties for injuring or killing police and search/rescue dogs.  The bill has been placed on the March 22, 2021, Senate calendar for a vote.   Supportive Connecticut residents are encouraged to email their state senator in […] | March 19, 2021
Texas Alert: AKC Opposes Limits to Consumer Choice in HB 1818, Urges Your Opposition Today!
Animal rights groups that oppose the purposeful breeding of dogs have long sought to unfairly tarnish the reputation of responsible breeders and shut down regulated professionals by falsely claiming that breeders are cruel or negligent “puppy mills”. A common tactic of anti-breeder groups is to push for laws that prohibit pet retailers from selling purpose-bred […] | March 19, 2021
Illinois: Ask Committee to Support Bill Protecting Use of Working Dogs
On Tuesday, March 23, the Illinois House Cities and Villages Committee is considering a bill that would protect working animals – including animals used in competition and exhibition. Those who reside or participate in dog events in Illinois are encouraged to contact the committee and the bill sponsor to express your support.  Scroll down for […] | March 18, 2021
Voices of Tennessee Dog Owners Are Heard! Breeder Bill SB 511 Put “On Hold” in Committee
Tennessee Senate Bill 511, which seeks to regulate dog owners based on ownership of intact female dogs, did not advance in the Senate Energy, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Committee on March 17, 2021. Instead, it was sent to “General Sub,” which means the bill is “on hold” and is unlikely to be considered again by […] | March 18, 2021
Texas Alert: Support Bill Limiting Local Restrictions on Working Animals; Hearing TOMORROW
Texas House Bill 543 seeks to restrict political subdivisions in the state, including counties and municipalities, from imposing requirements that ban the use of working animals. The bill is scheduled to be considered by the House Agriculture and Livestock Committee on Thursday, March 18, at 8AM.  Texas residents are encouraged to contact the committee today […] | March 17, 2021

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