USDA-APHIS Update: Overview of New Animal Care Rules
Earlier this week, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the finalization of new Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulations.  The changes were made in an effort to promote compliance, reduce license fees, and strengthen safeguards to prevent individuals and businesses with a history of noncompliance from obtaining […] | May 15, 2020
Update: MA Opposition to Ban on Dogs Outside and Unattended Successful; But Committee Re-draft Proposes Major Changes for All Kennels
SUCCESSFUL RESULT ON HB 1822/SB 989 OUTREACH More than 100 emails to Massachusetts lawmakers from dog owners and parent breed club members were accompanied by a formal joint letter in opposition to HB 1822 and SB 989 and signed by AKC, the Congressional Sportsmen Foundation, the National Animal Interest Alliance, the New England Policemen Benevolent […] | May 12, 2020
California Committee Considering Further Pet Store Restrictions on May 21
In 2017, California passed a law that limited consumer choice in the state by banning the sales of dogs and cats at pet stores, unless they are sourced from a shelter or rescue. Since this went into effect, there have been concerns expressed by supporters of the law that loopholes remain.  As a result, the […] | May 12, 2020
USDA APHIS Announces Updates To Animal Welfare Act Regulations Impacting USDA Breeder Licensees
Today, the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that it has adopted updates to the regulations it uses to enforce the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA).  The updates, which will be officially published tomorrow, May 13, reflect public comments and finalized changes to a proposed rule that was […] | May 12, 2020
Ask Missouri Legislature to Support Protecting Responsible Dog Owners- Call Today!
The Missouri Legislature is in likely its last week of session, and efforts continue to be made to enact laws that protect dog owners in the state. As mentioned in a previous alert, the House of Representatives had added language to a large omnibus bill that would prohibit breed-specific laws and protect the rights of […] | May 12, 2020
A Response to HSUS’s Troubled Blog of May 7, 2020
No Good news for dogs as AKC announces its most popular breeds:  The picture painted of the American Kennel Club in a blog published by HSUS yesterday was filled with so many inaccuracies, we’ve decided to try to fix the inaccuracies section by section, rather than write a full rebuttal. –AKC. HSUS:    Last year, […] | May 8, 2020
Connecticut: Support Proposed Regulations that Will Regulate Animal Shelters, Other Facilities
The Connecticut Department of Agriculture has proposed new regulations that, among other provisions, seek to provide operational standards and facility requirements for animal shelters.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) supports the proposal and encourages all Connecticut stakeholders to contact the Department of Agriculture to express support and request strengthening the provisions of PR2017-060 before the […] | May 7, 2020
Oak Grove, KY—City to Vote on Animal Ordinance Amendments Tomorrow (5/5/20)
The Oak Grove City Council will consider changes to the city’s animal ordinance at its regular city council meeting on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.  The meeting will be conducted by Zoom and on the City of Oak Grove Facebook page. The proposed ordinance could be subject to a first vote on Tuesday […] | May 4, 2020
APHIS Animal Care Provides Update on Plans for Post-COVID-19 Inspections
Today, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) provided a brief update on its planning to resume routine inspections of licensees and registrants after the COVID-19 public health emergency concludes.  APHIS Animal Care did not provide a particular date for restarting routine inspections, and recapped how guidance issued […] | May 4, 2020
NC Update: Wildlife Management to Recommend Commission Not Move Forward with Emergency Rule
Yesterday, division leaders of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NC Wildlife) conducted a virtual public meeting regarding the proposed temporary, emergency regulations regarding Controlled Rabbit Hunting Preserves.  The meeting was scheduled due to the response of local field trial clubs, hunters, and the American Kennel Club (AKC) to the proposal. NC Wildlife staff explained […] | May 1, 2020

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