Update: AKC Federal Legislation Report
July saw the successful conclusion of two federal issues of importance to the dog fancy, both of which were supported by the AKC. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued its long-awaited final rule strengthening the federal Animal Care regulations applicable to commercial dog dealers. Also, Congress enacted the "Minor Use and Minor […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/update-akc-federal-legislation-report/ | August 9, 2004
CA Ear Crop Win Due to United Effort
What began in June with an amendment to an otherwise widely-supported veterinary medical bill ended Wednesday when sponsor Senator Liz Figueroa agreed to remove the ear cropping ban from California SB1548. This victory is significant on many levels. Most obviously, California dog owners will now continue to enjoy the right to make their own informed, […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/ca-ear-crop-win-due-to-united-effort/ | August 5, 2004
Proposed Albuquerque Ordinance Includes Breeding Restrictions
Albuquerque City Councilwoman Sally Mayer has proposed sweeping changes to the city's animal control ordinance that would drastically impact fanciers' rights to breed their dogs. To view the proposed changes click here: http://www.cabq.gov/council/animalord.pdf. The measure's restrictive provisions include: An annual $150 permit for each unaltered dog or cat over six months old. A $150 […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/proposed-albuquerque-ordinance-includes-breeding-restrictions/ | August 4, 2004
CA Fanciers Celebrate SB1548 Win
California fanciers cheered at today’s Assembly Appropriations Committee hearing when Senator Liz Figueroa removed the ear cropping prohibition from SB1548. Stating that she did not want to jeopardize the otherwise non-controversial veterinary bill from passing, Senator Figueroa amended her bill to delete the ear cropping language, and the measure quickly passed out of committee with […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/ca-fanciers-celebrate-sb1548-win/ | August 4, 2004
URGENT: Fanciers Needed to Attend Hearing on CA Ear Crop Bill!
On Wednesday, July 28, SB1548 was amended to clarify an enforcement question by including the following language: "Any person who crops the ears of any dog or procures the cropping of a dog's ears within the State of California, except for treatment of disease or injury of the dog, is guilty of a misdemeanor." For […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/urgent-fanciers-needed-to-attend-hearing-on-ca-ear-crop-bill/ | August 3, 2004
BSL on the Rise in Massachusetts
In the wake of Boston's recent enactment of a breed-specific dangerous dog ordinance, Massachusetts fanciers should be on the lookout for similar legislation in their municipalities. The Massachusetts Federation of Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners has notified AKC that two cities, Fitchburg and Leominster, are considering proposals similar to Boston's new ordinance, which severely […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/bsl-on-the-rise-in-massachusetts/ | July 9, 2004
UPDATE: Additional Help Needed in CA to Stop Ear Crop Ban
Purebred dog fanciers from all over California and beyond have been quick to respond in opposition to SB1548, legislation that would make it a misdemeanor to crop a dog's ears. AKC applauds your efforts, and we ask that you continue to politely contact Sen. Figueroa in this regard. The Honorable Liz Figueroa (D-10) Fremont State […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/update-additional-help-needed-in-ca-to-stop-ear-crop-ban/ | June 28, 2004
Last Chance to Stop Boston BSL!
Despite strong opposition and lobbying efforts by concerned dog owners and the AKC, the Boston City Council approved a breed-specific dangerous dog ordinance on June 23rd. Prior to its passage, the measure was amended to include a mandatory spay/neuter provision for all "pit bulls." Pit bulls are defined as American Pit Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/last-chance-to-stop-boston-bsl/ | June 25, 2004
BSL Introduced in New Jersey
Following the recent defeat of proposed breeder regulations, New Jersey dog owners barely had time to catch their breaths before Senator Sharpe James, who is also Mayor of Newark, introduced the "Responsible Pit Bull Ownership Act" (S1718) late last week. S1718 Would Allow a Municipality To: Require a special license for all "pit bulls" ($150-700)-including […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/bsl-introduced-in-new-jersey/ | June 24, 2004
URGENT: CA Ear Crop Bill Moving Quickly!
SB1548, which includes language that would make ear cropping a misdemeanor, easily passed the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions this week. The majority of the bill pertains to other aspects of veterinary medicine and has the support of the veterinary community. AKC is therefore urging fanciers to contact the bill sponsor and ask her […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/urgent-ca-ear-crop-bill-moving-quickly/ | June 23, 2004