Oregon: Petitions Circulating for “Animal Cruelty” Ballot Measure – Do Not Sign!
Animal Rights activists will soon be once again circulating petitions in Oregon to put an extreme measure on the 2024 ballot that, in their own words “is the first ballot initiative in history that would criminalize the killing and breeding of animals.” Oregonians are urged to not sign this petition for Initiative Petition 3, even […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/oregon-petitions-circulating-animal-cruelty-ballot-measure-not-sign/ | July 14, 2022
URGENT: MA Senate Hurriedly Passed Bill to Take Away Personal Kennel Protections – Contact Lawmakers Today!
Yesterday, the Massachusetts Senate suspended its rules and hastily approved Senate Bill 2994 (formerly Senate Bill 1322), an anti-breeder “puppies and kittens” bill that was amended late last week by the Senate Ways and Means Committee.  S. 2994 is a significant departure from its predecessor, as it would significantly alter the state’s current protections for […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/urgent-ma-senate-hurriedly-passed-bill-take-away-personal-kennel-protections-contact-lawmakers-today/ | July 12, 2022
IL Info: Amended Animal Welfare Act Regulations Scheduled For Adoption
As reported in July 2021, the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is considering amendments to the regulations that carry out the state’s Animal Welfare Act. The proposed amendments, which may be viewed here, add: (1) sanitation and safety requirements; (2) requirements for primary pens to be safely constructed, be large enough for the animals, and […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/il-info-amended-animal-welfare-act-regulations-scheduled-adoption/ | July 8, 2022
Delaware Update: Bill Allowing for Compensatory Damages Passes General Assembly
Recently, a substitute version of Senate Bill 258 (known as Izzy the Cat’s Act) passed both chambers of the General Assembly.  It provides for the awarding of compensatory damages for injury or death of a companion animal as a result of a tortious act.  The legislation now goes to the Governor John Carney for signature. […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/delaware-update-bill-allowing-compensatory-damages-passes-general-assembly/ | July 5, 2022
Florida 2022 Legislative Session Review: Numerous Victories for Dogs
As Florida’s governor signs or vetoes remaining 2022 bills, the American Kennel Club Government Relations team (AKC GR) thanks AKC club members, the hardworking members of the Florida Association of Kennel Clubs (FAKC), dog owners, sportsmen, allied organizations, and every individual who contacted their lawmakers about state legislation that affects our dogs. Here are some […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/florida-2022-legislative-session-review-numerous-victories-dogs/ | June 27, 2022
California Update: Senate Committee to Consider Two Dog-Related Bills Next Week
Next week, the California Senate Judiciary Committee will be considering both the “Dog and Cat Welfare” and dog trainer disclosure bills.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) is currently neutral on these bills, both of which contain some of AKC’s proposed amendments. Those who wish may contact the committee to express your opinion on these bills […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/california-update-senate-committee-consider-two-dog-related-bills-next-week/ | June 22, 2022
Pennsylvania: Committee to Consider “Dog Law Modernization Act” Tomorrow
Recently, the Pennsylvania Senate introduced the “Dog Law Modernization Act”.  Senate Bill 1289 removes the difference in license fees for intact and sterilized dogs and makes many other changes to licensing for dog owners, kennels, and rescues, as well as other changes to the Commonwealth’s Dog Law. The bill is scheduled for a hearing tomorrow […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/pennsylvania-committee-consider-dog-law-modernization-act-tomorrow/ | June 21, 2022
Pennsylvania: Senate Approves New Animal Welfare Board with AKC, Club Representation
Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Senate passed Senate Bill 907.  This bill, supported by the American Kennel Club (AKC), establishes the Animal Welfare Board to review existing laws and regulations in Pennsylvania related to the keeping and handling of animals, and to make recommendations for legislative and regulatory changes. While there were efforts by animal rights groups […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/pennsylvania-senate-approves-new-animal-welfare-board-akc-club-representation/ | June 21, 2022
Florida: A Victory for Retired Police K-9s
In a win for Florida’s retired law enforcement K-9s, Senate Bill 226/House Bill 25, also known as the “Care for Retired Police Dogs Program Act,” was signed by Governor Ron DeSantis and enacted as Chapter No: 2022-188. It takes effect July 1, 2022 This legislation, supported by the American Kennel Club (AKC), establishes a program […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/florida-victory-retired-police-k-9s/ | June 17, 2022
Michigan Update: Bills Regarding Costs of Care Advance to Senate Floor
Yesterday, a Michigan Senate committee passed two bills (House Bills 4703 and 4704) that address the issue of animals being seized on certain serious cruelty charges, and the payment of their care during impoundment. Michigan residents are encouraged to use the contact information and talking points provided below to thank the lawmakers for positive changes […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/michigan-update-bills-regarding-costs-care-advance-senate-floor/ | June 15, 2022

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