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Animal Agriculture


The Red Cow: Bruce Was Born an Orphan

By Lana Kaiser | Published: 09/10/2012

Bruce was born an orphan - a tough way to start a life, especially if you are a calf born 21 days early by caesarian section and expected to live in a barn in March in Michigan…


The Red Cow: The Blue Cow

By Lana Kaiser | Published: 07/9/2012

From the time she was a calf, Blue stood out in the pasture…


We Live in a Marginal Zone

By Lana Kaiser | Published: 05/4/2012

Mother Nature is in control, and most times she has the last laugh.


Animal Legislation


Carriage Horse Hatred: A Fundraising Program for Activist Organizations

By Arnold L. Goldman DVM, MS | Published: 04/7/2014

The human partnership with working animals runs long and deep and the carriage horse remains a touchstone to that past, allowing us to remember a simpler time, when that very partnership was essential to life itself. We many are…


What is wrong with putting teeth in the dog laws?

By Dr. Marty Greer, DVM, JD, NAIA President | Published: 11/27/2013

Everyone agrees for dogs, cats, humans, and most species, that dental care is beneficial to the patient’s health. Unfortunately, in some cases, it can become fatal for some pets when we legislate improved dental care.


The Retail Pet Store Final Rule and You!

By Patti Strand | Published: 09/15/2013

Since May 2012, purebred dog and cat enthusiasts, rabbit and other small animal breeders and animal activists have been focused on the USDA’s proposed rule updating the retail pet store definition in the federal Animal Welfare…


Animal Research


Golden Age of Animal Research Ahead

By Dr. John Richard Schrock | Published: 03/12/2013

A recently published report of the limitations of mouse models has been used by the HSUS to justify their drive to end all animal use in research. However, this report in PNAS was a further refinement of our knowledge concerning…


Animal Rights Extremism


Denver billboard… brought to you by the people who killed Maya - PETA

By Patti Strand | Published: 02/9/2015

American dog lovers call on Outfront Media to honor the Outdoor Advertising Association of America’s code of conduct and remove PETA’s hateful billboard, which is designed to discredit AKC breeders and hurt their upcoming dog…


Golden Age of Animal Research Ahead

By Dr. John Richard Schrock | Published: 03/12/2013

A recently published report of the limitations of mouse models has been used by the HSUS to justify their drive to end all animal use in research. However, this report in PNAS was a further refinement of our knowledge concerning…


Guilt: It’s Not Just For Jews and Catholics Anymore (Purebred Dog Owners Can Play)

By Susi Szeremy | Published: 05/3/2012

Guilt for owning a purebred dog? Welcome to the new elitism.


Animal Rights vs Animal Welfare


What is Animal Welfare and why is it important?

By Patti Strand | Published: 06/10/2014

Some people use the terms animal welfare and animal rights interchangeably, suggesting that they represent the same concerns, principles and practices. But the differences between the two are significant and irreconcilable.


Dog ownership… a cherished American tradition

By | Published: 10/3/2013

George Washington had one, and so did Benjamin Franklin. But if animal extremists have their way, your grandkids won’t.


Disparage – Regulate – Prohibit – Monopolize

By Patti Strand | Published: 09/11/2013

Thirty years ago, animal welfare groups joined forces to wipe out ‘pet overpopulation’ and the resulting shelter deaths caused by indiscriminate breeding. At the time, puppies flooded shelters and animal control agencies, adoption…


Animal Sports


Animal Welfare


NAIA Applauds USDA Rule Protecting Pets and People!

By Patti Strand | Published: 08/18/2014

The new USDA rule published in today’s Federal Register represents a giant step forward in protecting American citizens, pets and other animals from diseases and parasites introduced by foreign dogs.


What is Animal Welfare and why is it important?

By Patti Strand | Published: 06/10/2014

Some people use the terms animal welfare and animal rights interchangeably, suggesting that they represent the same concerns, principles and practices. But the differences between the two are significant and irreconcilable.


Brave New World: The 2012 NAIA Conference

By Patti Strand | Published: 07/6/2012

With presentations from world-renowned animal welfare authorities, award-winning writers, veterinarians, and experts in agriculture and law, this is the can’t-miss animal event of 2012!


Animals in Education & Entertainment


IS RODEO BRONC RIDING CRUEL?

By Emma Carpenter | Published: 01/16/2012

A myth is a powerful thing. Every time there is a slow news day or a rodeo returns to town, animal rights groups bring the debate over rodeo bronc riding and cruelty to the front again. The myth that rodeo bronc riding is cruel…


PROFESSIONAL RODEO HORSES ARE BRED TO BUCK

By Cindy Schonholtz | Published: 01/16/2012

As with any other industry or sport that utilizes animals, the sport of rodeo must continually educate the public about the care and handling of the livestock used in rodeos. Critics of rodeo often show many areas where they do…


ANIMAL ACTIVISTS TARGET CIRCUS

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/15/2012

Congressman Sam Farr wants to ban elephants in circuses. Mayor Paul Schell of Seattle, Washington, wants his city to go a bit further and ban all wild animal acts at city facilities, and Redmond, Washington, enacted a circus animal…


Book Reviews


Book Review: The Hijacking of the Humane Movement

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 02/16/2012

“The humane movement has been hijacked, radicalized, and rerouted. Started more than 100 years ago, it was traditionally concerned with the humane treatment of animals. In the last 20 years, however, it has been taken over…


SAVE OUR STRAYS: A COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT THE DOG AND CAT POPULATION DILEMMAS

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/29/2012

For the past decade and more, national and local animal organizations have blamed puppy producers for euthanasias in shelters and promoted sterilization as the only way to decrease shelter deaths.


Book Review: Playing God in Yellowstone by Alston Chase

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/16/2012

A Harvest Book from Harcourt Brace & Company, New York;
393 pages, including a epilogue written three years after original publication
$14, trade paper


Canine Issues


The Retail Pet Store Final Rule and You!

By Patti Strand | Published: 09/15/2013

Since May 2012, purebred dog and cat enthusiasts, rabbit and other small animal breeders and animal activists have been focused on the USDA’s proposed rule updating the retail pet store definition in the federal Animal Welfare…


Disparage – Regulate – Prohibit – Monopolize

By Patti Strand | Published: 09/11/2013

Thirty years ago, animal welfare groups joined forces to wipe out ‘pet overpopulation’ and the resulting shelter deaths caused by indiscriminate breeding. At the time, puppies flooded shelters and animal control agencies, adoption…


Let’s Make Shelter Pets a Memory, not a Mascot

By Patti Strand | Published: 04/4/2013

Celebrate the people involved in animal rescue and shelter work who dedicate their lives to saving lives, who come up with innovative ideas to find permanent homes for animals. Celebrate responsible pet owners. But don’t turn…


Farm and Ranch Almanac


IS RODEO BRONC RIDING CRUEL?

By Emma Carpenter | Published: 01/16/2012

A myth is a powerful thing. Every time there is a slow news day or a rodeo returns to town, animal rights groups bring the debate over rodeo bronc riding and cruelty to the front again. The myth that rodeo bronc riding is cruel…


Suffering to End Suffering: The Heroic Effort to Eradicate the North American Screwworm

By Dr. John Richard Schrock | Published: 01/16/2012

As science teachers, it is important for our students to understand that the biggest benefactors of agricultural and biomedical research with animals—are the animals themselves.


Slaughter Bill is Not in Best Interests of Horses

By Dennis Foster | Published: 01/16/2012

The slaughter of horses in the United States, one of the most controversial issues in the equine world, is an emotional issue that makes it very difficult to be pragmatic despite overwhelming evidence supporting its continuation.


Feline Issues


SFSPCA: Mandatory Cat Licensing:  Ill-conceived and Ill-advised

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/10/2012

The report begins with an indictment of the latest fad in animal control laws: The San Francisco SPCA has considered the various claims made for mandatory cat licensing legislation and has found little in the way of evidence - or…


NAIA WEIGHS IN ON FAA PROPOSAL FOR ANIMAL TRAVEL

By Patti Strand | Published: 12/8/2002

More than two years ago, Congress passed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2000 that directed the Federal Aviation Administration to write rules for a reporting system to be used by airlines when animals escaped, were injured, or died…


Is Russia the New Czar of Kitten and Puppy Mills??

By Marva Marrow | Published: 01/8/2001

Val, a friend of mine, is a photographer’s representative for a celebrity photographer. She was recently on a photo shoot, and while chatting to the actor who was being photographed, he mentioned that he had an Oriental Shorthair…


From the Offices of NAIA


Summer 2013 Animal Policy Review

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 08/21/2013

The Animal Policy Review is a publication of the National Animal Interest Alliance dedicated to the analysis of legislation, regulations, and policies that affect animals and animal owners.


NAIA 2013 Conference: The Conversation Begins with You!

By | Published: 07/26/2013

Whether you are a professional or a hobbyist, if your life revolves around animals, the NAIA 2013 conference is a must-attend event!


Raise Funds for NAIA through H&R Block’s Nonprofit Referral Program

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/8/2013

Nobody enjoys tax season, but this year, new clients to H&R Block can feel good knowing they supported NAIA!


Guest Editorial


Rescue


Mission creep: Dog rescues and animal shelters risk public health and safety

By Patti Strand | Published: 07/30/2014

A new ideology and the end of dog overpopulation in many parts of the country cause not-for-profit humane organizations to abandon their missions and replace long-standing codes-of-conduct with irresponsible practices.


Florida SB 674: Signed!

By Patti Strand | Published: 04/26/2013

Great progress in Florida for responsible rescues and pet owners!


Let’s Make Shelter Pets a Memory, not a Mascot

By Patti Strand | Published: 04/4/2013

Celebrate the people involved in animal rescue and shelter work who dedicate their lives to saving lives, who come up with innovative ideas to find permanent homes for animals. Celebrate responsible pet owners. But don’t turn…


Research Reports


The Little Girl Who Stumbled

By Robert Speth, PhD | Published: 02/12/2012

The animal rights movement’s effort to place the rights of animals above those of humans concerns me. A recent book, Rattling the Cage, by Stephen Wise argues that chimpanzees should be granted legal standing; in other words,…


A LOOK AT LAB ANIMAL MEDICINE

By Elizabeth Galloway | Published: 01/19/2012

Many articles in the popular press have attempted to justify animal research. Still more articles have been written in opposition to animal research, but few are by experienced technicians describing how animals are really used…


ANIMAL RESEARCH SAVES LIVES

By Patty Wood | Published: 01/13/2012

“I know I’ll walk again,” said Greg Mankle.


Shelter Issues


Florida SB 674: Signed!

By Patti Strand | Published: 04/26/2013

Great progress in Florida for responsible rescues and pet owners!


Consider the source when choosing your next best friend

By Patti Strand | Published: 11/30/2012

Progress always carries with it the potential for unintended consequences. In this case, efforts at reducing dog overpopulation have been so successful that in parts of the country there are not enough dogs to meet local demand.…


SAVE OUR STRAYS: A COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT THE DOG AND CAT POPULATION DILEMMAS

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/29/2012

For the past decade and more, national and local animal organizations have blamed puppy producers for euthanasias in shelters and promoted sterilization as the only way to decrease shelter deaths.


Uncategorized


HB189 Fixes Ohio’s Dangerous Dog Law

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/9/2012

Update April 28, 2005: This bill has been sent to the Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee. Concerned dog owners need to contact their representative and the committee members below now.


THE DAY THE DOG “BLEW UP”

By Richard Simmonds, DVM, MS | Published: 01/7/2012

Following graduation from veterinary school, and my “coerced” entry on active duty with the Air Force (there was something in those days called the Draft), my first assignment was at a research laboratory in Fairbanks,…


A Tribute to a Remarkable Man – Captain Arthur J. Haggerty December 3, 1931 - July 3, 2006

By Diane Makkinney | Published: 01/7/2012

Our dogs and dog owners everywhere lost a tremendous advocate on July 3, 2006, when Captain Arthur J. Haggerty - also known as “The Captain” or just “Cap” to his friends - passed away from cancer at the age…


Wildlife Journal


Book Review: Playing God in Yellowstone by Alston Chase

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/16/2012

A Harvest Book from Harcourt Brace & Company, New York;
393 pages, including a epilogue written three years after original publication
$14, trade paper


Cattle Can Help Conserve Grasslands and Wildlife

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/16/2012

The Prairie Keepers: Secrets of the Grasslands by Marcy Houle: 1995; 266 pages; Addison Wesley, publisher, New York; $8.80 in paperback from Amazon Books through the NAIA website.


The Necessity of Predators: Part 2

By Jonathon Sprague Woolf | Published: 01/15/2012

In the 1960s, a University of Washington biologist named Robert Paine did an interesting experiment in the waters off the Olympic Peninsula.