Animal Legislation

Federation Loses After Long Struggle To Pass Puppy Lemon Law

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

The Pennsylvania Federation of Dog Clubs got a double whammy late last year when its long-sought puppy lemon law failed to pass the legislature but lawmakers acted quickly on a new bill that some fear will allow breed-specific ordinances…

Tuna Time in DC!

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/10/2012

Against overwhelming odds, the Pacific tunafleet made enormous strides in the public debate in 1995 and 1996. But all they can say now is, “Tunafish! Are we there yet?” Not quite. And everyone who cares about the oceans…

Sample Letter Opposing Ohio HB 437

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

I am a pet owner and dog show exhibitor involved in obedience trials and field events with my Labrador Retrievers. As a dog owner and animal lover, I realize that Ohio needs a more comprehensive animal cruelty law. Therefore, it…

Tuna Bill Sweeps Senate

By Teresa Platt | Published: 01/10/2012

After lengthy negotiations brought all but the most extreme into agreement, the International Dolphin Conservation Program Act (IDCPA) swept the United States Senate on July 30 by a vote of 99-0 and was signed into law during August…

1998 Election Gains

By Stephen S. Boynton | Published: 01/10/2012

Hunters, trappers, and wildlife management experts gained ground in the November elections, approving measures that keep control of natural resource management in the hands of professionals and protect the right to hunt and trap.

A Clear and Present Danger for Horse Owners

By Lee Wallot | Published: 01/10/2012

Right now, animal rights activists are busy in California gathering signatures for a 1998 state initiative that is the most dangerous piece of legislation faced by horse owners to date. What makes it so dangerous? Many people, including…

Congress Hears Testimony on Eco-terrorism

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

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime spent an afternoon listening to testimony about environmental terrorism in early June, about 10 days before a new rash of attacks against Wyoming ranchers.

Feds Drop 29 Species From ESA

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

With a pair of Bald Eagles and their chick in the background, Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt announced that the federal government will drop 29 species from the Endangered Species Act list of protected species at a May 5 press…

A Letter to Tennesee Legislators

By Donna Malone | Published: 01/10/2012

Donna Malone, president, Responsible Animal Owners of Tennessee, wrote this letter in answer to a proposed spay and neuter law in her state. She invites people to plagiarize when such legislation comes up in other states and communities.

NAIA responds to USDA

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/10/2012

Doris Day Animal League, an animal rights organization, has forced the US Department of Agriculture to consider dropping some kennel businesses from the Animal Welfare Act regulations because DDAL wants all dog breeders to be licensed.…

Court Gives Activist Standing to Sue on Behalf of Apes

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

Reversing a previous decision made by a split panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the full court granted standing for Marc Jurnove to sue the US Department of Agriculture on behalf of apes held…


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

Dog and cat fanciers had their work cut out for them this year in California when three bills dealing with pet population issues showed up in the legislature. The Rosenthal bill, SB2102, was a breeder licensing bill that had several…

Who Said You Can’t Fight City Hall?

By Lyn Kalinoski | Published: 01/10/2012

Fighting any type of restrictive dog legislation is not an easy task, but dog fanciers in Toledo, Ohio, managed to defeat a five dog limit recently, thanks to some hard work and developing political strategy. We hope our experience…

The Strange Politics of the Marine Mammal Protection Act Steals Puppets from Native People

By Sheila Watt-Cloutier | Published: 01/10/2012

Over the weekend of July 17-18, American border officials in Buffalo seized six Inuit marionettes en route to a puppeteer in Rhode Island for repair. The puppets were made in Pelly Bay, a tiny Inuit village in Nunavut, of hair from…

Congress Says No to Trapping Restrictions on Wildlife Refuges

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/10/2012

The Congressional conference committee reconciling the House and Senate versions of the Interior Department funding bill eliminated the trapping ban sought by animal rights activists. The ban passed the House in July but failed…

Ohio Valley Dog Owners Help Write New Law Cincinnati Ends Long-time Breed Ban

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

Cincinnati dog owners had plenty to celebrate on Thanksgiving. The day before the holiday, Cincinnati City Council unanimously overturned the Queen City’s 13-year-old ban on American Staffordshire Terriers and Staffordshire…

Dog Breeds Face Plethora of Discriminatory Laws

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

Cincinnati, Ohio overturned its breed-specific law because it was ineffective, expensive to enforce, and inadequate to protect citizens from dangerous or vicious dogs. But the lessons of Cincinnati seem to be lost or ignored in…

Wolfdog Ban Looms on Michigan Horizon

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/9/2012

Michigan’s planned ban on wolfdogs inches closer to passage as activists and politicians come out of the woodwork to outlaw these allegedly dangerous animals. The arguments are the same as those used against pit bulls and…

Colorado Task Force Found No Need for Wolfdog Ban

By | Published: 01/9/2012

Michigan lawmakers are driving full speed ahead to ban wolfdogs in spite of exhaustive study done in other areas that proves such laws are counterproductive as well as unfair to responsible owners and breeders of healthy, well-behaved…

Germany Bans Breeds, Reactions Evoke Holocaust Memories

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/9/2012

In the wake of two deadly attacks by dogs in the last three months, German state governments have banned or restricted more than three dozens breeds of dogs.

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