New USDA Rule Broadens Thresholds for De Minimis Activity and Exemptions From AWA Licensing
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued a final rule that updates  animal welfare regulations to implement a 2014 amendment to the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).   These changes will allow APHIS, “to more effectively use its resources while ensuring the humane treatment of regulated animals under the […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/new-usda-rule-broadens-thresholds-de-minimis-activity-exemptions-awa-licensing/ | June 1, 2018
AKC GR Announcement: Technical Glitch Affecting Some Past Legislative Alerts
The American Kennel Club’s Government Relations Department (AKC GR) has become aware of a technical issue affecting some legislative alerts.  Unfortunately, due to a glitch on our new website, user searches are returning old legislative alerts that are missing a date of publication.  As a result, years-old alerts are appearing on the website as if […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/akc-gr-announcement-technical-glitch-affecting-past-legislative-alerts/ | May 30, 2018
Victory! USDA Will Not Recognize Third-Party Inspections and Certifications
The American Kennel Club (AKC) applauds the decision announced today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) that it will not establish new criteria for recognizing third-party inspection and certification programs when determining APHIS’ own inspection frequency under the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA). Earlier this year, APHIS requested […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/victory-usda-will-not-recognize-third-party-inspections-certifications/ | May 25, 2018
New Jersey Info: Senate Committee to Consider Dog-Related Bills on Thursday, May 31
The New Jersey Senate Economic Growth Committee is scheduled to consider several dog-related bills on Thursday, May 31, 2018.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) encourages New Jersey residents to contact the committee members to respectfully share their views on the bills. Senate Bill 381 – This bill seeks to prohibit those found to have violated […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/new-jersey-info-senate-committee-consider-dog-related-bills-thursday-may-31/ | May 25, 2018
Rhode Island Tethering, Cost of Care Bills to be Considered Wednesday, 5/23
On Wednesday, May 23, the Rhode Island Senate Environment and Agriculture Committee will consider two bills of concern to the American Kennel Club (AKC).  Senate Bill 2055 seeks to amend the state’s Care of Dogs statute (1) by removing the provision that currently allows dogs to be kept outside during certain temperature conditions if they […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/rhode-island-tethering-cost-care-bills-considered-wednesday-5-23/ | May 21, 2018
New Hampshire Update: Dog Breeder Bill Failed in Conference Committee
Earlier this week, a conference committee of New Hampshire state senators and representatives failed to agree on a compromise version of Senate Bill 569.  This effectively ended consideration of the bill for the remainder of the legislative session. SB 569 was introduced in January as a response to a high-profile cruelty case in New Hampshire.  […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/new-hampshire-update-dog-breeder-bill-failed-conference-committee/ | May 18, 2018
New Jersey Committee to Consider Dog-Related Bills this Week
The New Jersey Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will consider several dog-related proposals when it meets this Thursday, May 17, 2018.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) encourages all concerned New Jersey residents contact the members of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and respectfully share any concerns they have. BILLS OF CONCERN: Assembly Bill […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/new-jersey-committee-consider-dog-related-bills-week/ | May 15, 2018
Amended New Hampshire Breeder Bill Up for Vote Thursday 5/10 – Express Support Now!
Tomorrow, Thursday, May 10, the New Hampshire State Senate will conduct a concurrence vote on Senate Bill 569.  Both the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Dog Owners of the Granite State (DOGS) support this latest version of SB 569, which was comprehensively amended by the House of Representatives in late April.  All New Hampshire […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/amended-new-hampshire-breeder-bill-vote-thursday-5-10-express-support-now/ | May 9, 2018
Rhode Island: Committees to Consider Mix of Good, Bad Bills this week; Contact Your Legislators
Several dog-related bills will be considered by Rhode Island legislative committees this week. The American Kennel Club (AKC) supports both Senate Bill 2432, which seeks to prohibit the misrepresentation of a pet as a service dog, and Senate Bill 2133, which seeks to protect homeless persons in possession of a service animal from being denied […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/rhode-island-committees-consider-mix-good-bad-bills-week-contact-legislators/ | April 30, 2018
NH Breeder Bill Favorably Amended; Urge Support Now!
Earlier this week, the New Hampshire House Environment and Agriculture Committee amended and passed Senate Bill 569.  The Committee addressed many of the concerns expressed by the American Kennel Club (AKC), the Dog Owners of the Granite State (DOGS), and many breeders and owners.  Because the bill is expected to be voted on by the […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/nh-breeder-bill-favorably-amended-urge-support-now/ | April 26, 2018

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