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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


USDA Releases Key Report on Canine Imports

By Patti Strand | Published: 08/26/2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a key report finding that over 1 million dogs are imported into the U.S. each year. And, of those one million, less than one percent are subject to thorough health screenings…


It’s Now or Never: Stop Dog Trafficking Now!

By Patti Strand | Published: 07/30/2019

We are at a tipping point in a long and evolving battle. Either we stop it now or we must accept a slow and steady erosion of the health, quality, and type of dogs available to Americans in the future


Please Comment on Proposed Changes to USDA Pet Breeder/Dealer Licensing Requirements!

By Patti Strand | Published: 05/16/2019

Dog lovers, your voice is needed!


Animal Research


“Homes for Animal Heroes Act” Becomes Washington State Law

By Patti Strand | Published: 05/8/2019

Washington State Senate Bill 5212, known and cited as the “Homes for Animal Heroes Act,” was signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee on April 29, 2019, and becomes effective July 28, 2019.


Homes for Animal Heroes 5K

By Patti Strand | Published: 03/29/2018

Raise Awareness and Support: Join the NAIA fun run to help rehome canine heroes!


Transparency

By Meagan Shetler | Published: 12/21/2017

This word is sadly sort of new to us in the industry, but we need to take it seriously.


Animal Rights Extremism


Transparency

By Meagan Shetler | Published: 12/21/2017

This word is sadly sort of new to us in the industry, but we need to take it seriously.


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…


Animal Rights vs Animal Welfare


Who Do You Think Controls the Debate About Animal Welfare?

By Patti Strand | Published: 11/28/2018

Some say that money helps…


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.


Animal Sports


Animal Welfare


“Operation Dog Catcher” highlights growing awareness of dog importation problems

By Patti Strand | Published: 05/7/2019

A recent CDC article by Molly K. Houle, DVM, illustrates the growing awareness of the problems of dog importation by government agencies, what they are doing to stop it, as well as a growing level of sophistication among groups…


NAIA Develops Pet Adoption Initiative for Former Research Animals

By Patti Strand | Published: 07/18/2016

National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA) welcomes Kelli Brisby, NAIA’s very first Director of Development!


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.


Animals and Society


Special Thank You to Our Kennel Club Supporters

By Patti Strand | Published: 11/21/2018

If your club is not on the list, please give this holiday season!


NAIA: On Service Animals

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 05/15/2017

There’s no doubt that the human-animal bond produces remarkable and joyful partnerships or that man and animal can transcend the typical household pet relationship…


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


USDA Releases Key Report on Canine Imports

By Patti Strand | Published: 08/26/2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a key report finding that over 1 million dogs are imported into the U.S. each year. And, of those one million, less than one percent are subject to thorough health screenings…


Calling All Dog Breeders

By Patti Strand | Published: 05/21/2019

If you haven’t already done so, register for tonight’s webinar on the influence of early maternal interaction on offspring behavior and development.


Please Comment on Proposed Changes to USDA Pet Breeder/Dealer Licensing Requirements!

By Patti Strand | Published: 05/16/2019

Dog lovers, your voice is needed!


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


NAIA Conferences


Save the Date: NAIA 2018 Conference

By Patti Strand | Published: 06/13/2018

Uniting to Save Our Endangered Breeds


NAIA Events


Order Your Tickets to the NAIA 2019 Gala Today!

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/2/2019

NAIA cordially invites you!


Rescue


USDA Releases Key Report on Canine Imports

By Patti Strand | Published: 08/26/2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a key report finding that over 1 million dogs are imported into the U.S. each year. And, of those one million, less than one percent are subject to thorough health screenings…


It’s Now or Never: Stop Dog Trafficking Now!

By Patti Strand | Published: 07/30/2019

We are at a tipping point in a long and evolving battle. Either we stop it now or we must accept a slow and steady erosion of the health, quality, and type of dogs available to Americans in the future


“Operation Dog Catcher” highlights growing awareness of dog importation problems

By Patti Strand | Published: 05/7/2019

A recent CDC article by Molly K. Houle, DVM, illustrates the growing awareness of the problems of dog importation by government agencies, what they are doing to stop it, as well as a growing level of sophistication among groups…


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


Dog Days in Sacramento

By Patti Strand | Published: 04/18/2017

With AB 485, California would outsource the supply of dogs available to consumers to the least regulated and poorest selection of dogs available.


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.…


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…


Veterinary Issues


USDA Releases Key Report on Canine Imports

By Patti Strand | Published: 08/26/2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a key report finding that over 1 million dogs are imported into the U.S. each year. And, of those one million, less than one percent are subject to thorough health screenings…


There’s No Purebred Paradox, Only Love

By Arnold L. Goldman DVM, MPH, NAIA Board Member | Published: 06/1/2018

For the life of me, I cannot understand why a colleague would impugn the motives and professionalism of her fellow veterinarians, while also denigrating a part of life so dear to the many clients we are duty bound to serve.


AVMA HOD: Recall and Redraft Breeder Proposal!

By Dr. Marty Greer, DVM, JD, NAIA Chair | Published: 01/13/2017

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), has coming before its House of Delegates, a proposal to govern how veterinarians work with dog breeders.


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.