Ask Washington Committee to Clarify Crop/Dock, Support Other Animal Welfare Changes
The Washington House Committee on Public Safety will consider HB 2317, legislation concerning animal welfare on Thursday, January 16, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. The bill will positively amend Washington code and is primarily supported by the American Kennel Club, with one request for a clarifying amendment regarding ear cropping and tail docking. The changes to […] | January 14, 2020
Illinois: Lake County to Consider Resolution Limiting Pet Choice Tomorrow (1/14)
The Lake County (IL) Board is considering a resolution tomorrow (Tuesday, January 14) that would prohibit retail pet stores from selling any dogs or cats.  Instead, they would only be allowed to provide animals from shelters or rescues. Even if you do not personally provide dogs to pet stores, this resolution could have significant implications […] | January 13, 2020
NH Alert: Hearing on Multiple Bills of Concern – Thursday, January 16, 2020
On Thursday, January 16, 2020, multiple animal bills will be reviewed by the New Hampshire House Committee on Environment and Agriculture.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) strongly encourages those who reside in New Hampshire to contact the committee to express significant concerns with three bills. HB 1627 seeks to establish a statewide database of all […] | January 13, 2020
Florida: Oppose Radical Bill That Would Equate Animals with Humans in State Courts
An anti-ownership proposal that seeks to create court-appointed animal advocates in Florida is on the agenda of the Florida Senate Committee on Agriculture on Tuesday, January 14, at 2:30 p.m. Animal owners are urged to immediately contact committee members and respectfully ask that they do not advance Senate Bill 1048.  Please scroll down for contact […] | January 13, 2020
New York Informational Update: Senate Domestic Animal Welfare Committee to Hold First Meeting (1/15)
The New York Senate Domestic Animal Welfare Committee will hold its first meeting of the year on Wednesday, January 15. Bills to be considered in this hearing include: Senate Bill 3559 – Current law establishes fines for those who knowingly violate state law requiring that dogs left outdoors be provided with appropriate shelter for the […] | January 13, 2020
New Jersey: Radical Animal Bill Scheduled for Vote on Thursday, January 9 – Contact Your State Senators Now!
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 With one week left of the current legislative session, New Jersey Senate Bill 3322, an “animal advocates” bill that was recently amended on the floor of the State Senate to include more significant anti-ownership provisions, is being fast tracked.  The bill is now scheduled for a floor vote tomorrow, Thursday, January […] | January 8, 2020
Maine Proposal May Still Restrict Breed Rescue Activities – Contact Governor Mills Now!
Earlier this year, AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) alerted Maine breeders to the presence of an anti-breeder definition proposed in LD 1311, a bill that seeks to ban animal sales by pet stores.  The proposed “animal rescue entity” definition sought to exclude all breeders from animal rescue activities.  Given that many responsible purebred dog breeders […] | December 18, 2019
New York: Ask Town of Greenburgh to Not Limit Pet Choice
The Town of Greenburgh, NY, is holding a public hearing on Wednesday, December 11, on a proposal that will prohibit retail pet stores from selling any dogs or cats.  Instead, they would only be allowed to “showcase” animals available for adoption from a shelter, rescue, or adoption agency. Current state law requires that pet dealers […] | December 10, 2019
FLORIDA UPDATE: Support Positive Amendment to Animal Cruelty Bill (SB522). Contact Committee Prior to Vote on Tuesday, 12/10/19
The voices of responsible Florida dog owners made a difference, and an amendment was filed to Florida Senate Bill 522. AKC urges responsible dog owners to contact committee members immediately in support of the proposed changes that address the vast majority of issues with the original measure.  In addition, AKC Government Relations has recommended an […] | December 9, 2019
FLORIDA: Bill that Criminalizes Allowing Dogs Outside Under Numerous Conditions Is Up for Vote Tuesday, 12/10/19
A Florida bill that is up for vote in committee on Tuesday, 12/10/19, would make it a criminal offense to allow a dog to be outside and unattended when the temperature is below 32 degrees or during a severe weather advisory/warning, even if the dog is never at risk or suffers no harm. Senate Bill […] | December 6, 2019

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