Capitol Hill Welcomes Purebred Dog Fancy
Shouldering bright blue tote bags with the American Kennel Club logo prominently displayed on the side, AKC Legislative Liaisons from across the country ascended the steps of Capitol Hill on September 29th, ready to bring the fancy's concerns to Congress. The Hill visits were the culmination of this year's Lobby Day, an event hosted by […] | October 8, 2004
Immediate Help Needed on Insurance Bill in New Jersey
The Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee is currently considering A1135, a bill to prohibit insurance companies from discriminating against homeowners based on the breed of dog they own. The American Kennel Club believes that insurance companies should determine coverage of a dog-owning household based on the dog’s deeds, not the dog’s breed, and we […] | October 1, 2004
Court Declares Part of Ohio’s Dangerous Dog Law Unconstitutional
In a landmark 4-3 decision handed down on September 22nd, the Supreme Court of Ohio ruled that a statute penalizing owners of dangerous dogs who fail to buy liability insurance and properly confine their animals was unconstitutional. The Court held that the law (R.C. 955.22) violated a dog owner’s right to due process because it […] | September 27, 2004
Canine Legislation’s Taking Command Goes Electronic
Concerned dog owners who have long relied on Taking Command's print coverage of canine legislation issues across the country will now have the newsletter delivered to their e-mail boxes monthly. Taking Command will continue to feature a broad range of articles on local, state and federal issues as well as our "Around the Nation" legislative […] | August 17, 2004
AKC Urges Fancy to Thank CA Bill Sponsor
The American Kennel Club this week issued a statement of thanks to Senator Liz Figueroa in appreciation of her recent removal of the ear cropping provision from SB1548. By amending the bill, the Senator was able to advance legislation that would enact beneficial regulatory changes to the veterinary community, without infringing on the rights of […] | August 16, 2004
Thank You Letter to Fancy
Dear Members of the Fancy: We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for all the wonderful work you did to defeat the proposed cropping ban in California. Your efforts, your voice, your commitment to fighting this battle made the difference, and we know we would not have won this challenge without you. There is […] | August 12, 2004
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 […] | 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, […] | 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: The measure's restrictive provisions include: An annual $150 permit for each unaltered dog or cat over six months old.   A $150 […] | 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 […] | August 4, 2004

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