Maryland Update: Debarking Ban, Crop/Dock Bills to be Considered on March 27!
The Maryland House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a public hearing for Thursday, March 27 to discuss a bill (SB 660) that would ban debarking. A second measure (SB 659) would require ear cropping, tail docking and dewclaw removal to be performed by a licensed veterinarian. These bills have already passed the Senate, and the House […] | March 21, 2014
Maryland to Consider Two Bills to Overturn BSL Ruling on January 23
On Thursday, January 23, the Maryland General Assembly will once again consider bills to overturn a 2012 court ruling that declared all "pit bulls" as dangerous. Maryland residents are encouraged to contact the Maryland House Judiciary Committee and ask them to support overturning this discriminatory ruling. Residents are also encouraged to express any other comments […] | January 17, 2014
Connecticut Task Force to Investigate Dog and Cat Sales – October 16th Meeting
The State of Connecticut has appointed a task force to investigate the sale of dogs and cats in Connecticut and they are holding a public hearing in Fairfield on Wednesday, October 16th.  Upon completion of these public hearings, it is expected that the task force will draft legislation for consideration in 2014. It is vitally […] | October 11, 2013
Canada Updates Regulations Regarding Importing Dogs
UPDATE (October 10):  The new CFIA regulations apply to those that are classified as "commercial animals".  The CFIA has specific guidelines for dogs that are being imported into Canada as pets. Contact the CFIA directly for further information on Canadian regulations regarding the importation of dogs.   The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), which oversees […] | October 9, 2013
Today, the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA/APHIS) released a finalized version of new federal regulations that narrow the definition of a “retail pet store” with the purpose of bringing internet-based pet breeders and sellers under the regulation of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).  The rule, originally proposed in […] | September 10, 2013
TEXAS ALERT: Waco May Consider Mandatory Spay/Neuter
The American Kennel Club (AKC) has learned that the City of Waco, Texas, may soon consider a mandatory spay/neuter ordinance. The idea is currently under development by the Waco Animal Welfare Advisory Board, and would have to appear before the City Council before it becomes law. The American Kennel Club strongly supports and actively promotes […] | July 9, 2013
Maine Bill Would Prohibit Breed Discrimination by Property Insurance Companies
Maine LD 1192, sponsored by Representative Justin Chenette, will be considered by the Joint Committee on Insurance and Financial Services on April 25.  The bill seeks to prohibit insurance companies from cancelling, refusing to issue, or charging an increased premium for a property insurance policy solely on the basis of a policyholder's ownership of a […] | April 17, 2013
Bill Seeks To Improve Maine’s Kennel Licensing Law
Maine LD 1239, sponsored by Representative Paul Davis, seeks to clarify, streamline, and promote fair animal welfare laws in Maine. The American Kennel Club (AKC) believes LD 1239 represents an improvement over current Maine law, and joins the Federation of Maine Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners (Maine Federation) in support of LD 1239.  Maine […] | April 15, 2013
West Virginia Breeder Bill Passes Legislature, Heads to Governor
The West Virginia Legislature has passed Senate Bill 437, which will regulate those who own 11 or more intact dogs over one year of age "for the exclusive purpose of actively breeding." The bill now goes to the governor for his signature. Those who keep or breed dogs "for the purpose of herding or guarding […] | April 15, 2013
NY Update: Bill Banning Insurance Breed Discrimination Advancing
The New York Assembly Codes Committee will consider a bill on April 16 that would prohibit insurance companies from denying, cancelling or raising premium rates for homeowners' insurance based on the breed of dog owned by the policyholder. All responsible dog owners and breeders in New York are encouraged to contact the Assembly Codes Committee, […] | April 12, 2013

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