Animal Legislation

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…

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…

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…

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.

US Marine Mammal Law Plays Havoc with Inuit Lives

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

The US Marine Mammal Protection Act is up for Congressional renewal this year, and anada’s Inuit natives would like an amendment to the law so they can sell seal products to US consumers.

CITES Conference Ends:  Same Old Whale Rules,  New Elephant Poaching Study

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/9/2012

Government representatives, conservationists, and animal rights and environmental activists met in Nairobi, Kenya, from April 10-20 for the triennial meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

Sportsmen Rally to Fight Anti-hunting, Anti-trapping Ballot Initiatives

By Stephen S. Boynton | Published: 01/9/2012

n 1998, the Ballot Issues Coalition was created to assist state organizations in their efforts to successfully block ballot initiatives that would adversely impact wildlife management and support ballot initiatives that would favor…

New Law to Boost Trust in Legitimate Fur Trade

By Teresa Platt | Published: 01/9/2012

Late in October, the Senate passed by unanimous consent HR 4868, the Tariff Suspension and Trade Act of 2000, which includes a prohibition on the importation of any products containing domestic dog and cat fur. The House passed…

Huntingdon and backer Stephens sue activists:  Anti-research campaign has far-reaching consequences

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

Animal rights activists have taken their terrorist campaign against biomedical research to new heights with a multi-faceted scheme to drive Huntingdon Life Sciences out of business and send a message to other companies that use…

DeHaven Outlines AWA Enforcement,  Describes Current Agency Activities Related to Dogs and Dog Breed

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/9/2012

The US Congress passed the federal Animal Welfare Act in 1966 in answer to complaints that stolen pets were winding up in research laboratories, Dr. Ron DeHaven, deputy administrator for the US Department of Agriculture Animal and…

California’s Cunningham Plans Anti-terrorism Bill To Protect Farmers and Researchers

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

With threats against Huntingdon Life Sciences, its employees, and its financial backers making daily news reports, California Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham plans to reintroduce his anti-terrorism bill “hopefully in the…

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