Springfield, MA: City to Consider Restricting Licensed Pet Sales
On Monday, March 29, at 1:00pm, residents in Springfield, Massachusetts, can provide comment at the city’s General Government Committee meeting on a proposed ordinance amending Chapter 110, which includes a new section 110-14 to ban pet retail sales. The new section would ban the sale of purpose-bred pets from state-inspected and licensed facilities, like pet […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/springfield-ma-city-consider-restricting-licensed-pet-sales/ | March 26, 2021
Oklahoma: Ask Committee to Support Bill Protecting Animal Events
On Monday, March 29, an Oklahoma Senate committee is considering a bill protecting “agritourism activities” – including activities where animals are used for education, animal shows, and “activities that historically involved the utilization of working animals and other substantially similar activities.” AKC enthusiastically supports House Bill 1620, which recognizes the importance of animal events and […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/oklahoma-ask-committee-support-bill-protecting-animal-events/ | March 25, 2021
CT Update: Service Animals Clarifications on House Calendar
The Connecticut Joint Committee on Human Services has voted in favor of an amended version of HB 6318, which has now been placed on the calendar of the full State House of Representatives for consideration.  Amended HB 6318 would: Make technical changes to align state law terms, such as references to “guide dog,” with federal […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/ct-update-service-animals-clarifications-house-calendar/ | March 25, 2021
Colorado: Proposed Initiative Would Harm Responsible Breeders, Animal Owners –and Ban Standard Animal Husbandry Practices, Including Artificial Insemination
Volunteers may soon be seen throughout Colorado collecting signatures to put a measure on the November 2022 ballot that they will claim will protect animals in the state. The American Kennel Club joins many other animal welfare, livestock and animal husbandry groups in expressing grave concerns and opposition to the proposal. We urge all dog […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/colorado-proposed-initiative-harm-responsible-breeders-animal-owners-ban-standard-animal-husbandry-practices-including-artificial-insemination/ | March 25, 2021
USDA APHIS 2020 Impact Report Highlights Agency Successes
Today, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) issued its 2020 Impact Report. While acknowledging the challenges provided by COVID-19 on agency operations, APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea described 2020 as the agency’s most productive year.  Accordingly, APHIS contacted 100 percent of the facilities regulated under the Animal Welfare […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/usda-aphis-2020-impact-report-highlights-agency-successes/ | March 24, 2021
Texas Update: Bill Limiting Consumer Pet Choice Left Pending in Committee
Yesterday, after hours of testimony was presented, the Texas House Business and Industry Committee took no action on House Bill 1818.  HB 1818 would limit pet stores located in counties of more than 200,000 residents to sourcing dogs from only: (1) an animal control agency, (2) an animal shelter, (3) an animal rescue organization, or (4) […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/texas-update-bill-limiting-consumer-pet-choice-left-pending-committee/ | March 24, 2021
Texas Legislative Update: Positive Shelter, Police Dog Bills Advance In Committees
Two bills supported by AKC have recently been approved by Texas legislative committees. HB 652—Shelter Disease Outbreak Reporting Last week, the Texas House Committee on Public Health amended and approved HB 652. In its original version, the bill would have required animal shelters to provide notice to each person who adopts an animal from the […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/texas-legislative-update-positive-shelter-police-dog-bills-advance-committees/ | March 23, 2021
Texas Alert: Ask Committee to Support Bill Requiring Shelters to Scan Animals for Microchips
Texas House Bill 604 seeks to require animal shelters and releasing agencies, including animal rescue organizations, to scan an animal for a microchip as soon as practicable after the animal is placed in their custody.  The American Kennel Club supports this measure and believes it will help return lost or at-large animals efficiently to their […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/texas-alert-ask-committee-support-bill-requiring-shelters-scan-animals-microchips/ | March 22, 2021
Maryland: House Committee to Hold Hearing on Hunting Bill Containing AKC Amendment
On Wednesday March 24 at 1:30pm, the House Environment and Transportation will hold a hearing on Senate Bill 200.   As mentioned in a previous alert, Senate Bill 200 seek to prohibit contests where the sole objective is the killing of certain wildlife for prizes or monetary awards.  It further clarifies that any prohibition will not apply to […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/maryland-house-committee-hold-hearing-hunting-bill-containing-akc-amendment/ | March 22, 2021
Update CT: Support for Police K9s on Senate Calendar
The Connecticut Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security has voted in favor of SB 123, which seeks to increase penalties for injuring or killing police and search/rescue dogs.  The bill has been placed on the March 22, 2021, Senate calendar for a vote.   Supportive Connecticut residents are encouraged to email their state senator in […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/update-ct-support-police-k9s-senate-calendar/ | March 19, 2021

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