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Kennedy’s Water Keeper Alliance Bashes Pork Producers

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/9/2012

The Water Keeper Alliance, a litigious environmental group headed by Robert Kennedy Jr., has taken aim at Iowa pork producers in its campaign to eliminate large hog farms.



Summary Judgment: The Prairie Dogs that Weren’t There

By William Perry Pendley | Published: 01/9/2012

There is no evidence that Fish and Wildlife Service employees who charged Lin Drake of Cedar City, Utah, with violating the Endangered Species Act ever heard this poem:

“Yesterday upon the stair,
I met a man who…



Slaughter Bill is Not in Best Interests of Horses

By Dennis Foster | Published: 01/9/2012

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.



Animal Interests Win In Farm Bill

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/9/2012

Dog breeders and owners, scientific researchers, those who benefit from animal-based research, and wildlife scientists won several victories in the 421-page Farm Bill recently passed by Congress.



Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh No!

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

Citing pet ownership of certain exotic species as “a growing national problem that must be addressed,” California Representative George Miller introduced HR 5226, the Captive Wildlife Protection Act, on July 25 to ban private…



Terrorism Law Strengthened But for Radicals, It’s Business as Usual

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/9/2012

NAIA has worked for changes to the Animal Enterprise Protection Act for several years, and when President Bush signed the federal anti-terrorism act this summer, he brought those efforts to fruition. Along with provisions for protecting…



USDA (AND DOG FANCIERS!) WIN IN APPEAL

By Kenneth A. Marden | Published: 01/9/2012

The US Court of Appeals agreed with the US Department of Agriculture that hobby breeders should not be federally licensed and inspected and overturned a lower court decision in an animal rights lawsuit.



Activists Use Legislatures and Voters to Attack Farming Practices

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/9/2012

Livestock farming practices are beset by activist attacks in two new arenas: at the ballot box and in state legislatures.



PPA Redux

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

We all knew it was coming and it’s arrived right on schedule! The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has just begun shopping a new version of the mislabeled Puppy Protection Act to their activist constituents in order…



It Took Six Years, But Ohio Humane Agents Now Need Animal Husbandry Training To Do Their Jobs

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

After a six-year struggle, the Ohio State Legislature approved an animal cruelty law that requires training for humane agents and due process for owners accused of cruelty or neglect.



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.



NAIA Does Nashville – National Conference of State Legislators

By Patte Klecan | Published: 01/9/2012

On behalf of NAIA, Caren Cowan and I attended the National Conference of State Legislatures in Nashville, Tennessee, August 15 –18, 2006.  In addition to being on the Board of NAIA Trust, Caren is also the Executive Director…



Humane Societies Defeat Replacement Bill that Includes Standards for Shelters

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

The Minnesota Council of Dog Clubs and the American Dog Owners Association joined forces to fight the state’s cruelty to animals law as unconstitutionally ambiguous and vague, and Hennepin County District Court Judge Thomas…



MAR/APR 99: DOG AND CAT OWNERS OPPOSE SAME OLD OHIO CRUELTY BILL

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

In 1998, Ohio HB 437, an anti-cruelty bill supported by the Humane Society of the US, was referred to the House Agriculture Committee after a floor fight over provisions denying due process to animal owners, and there it died when…



LOS ANGELES DOG AND CAT BREEDERS BATTLE $300 FEES

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

The City of Los Angeles is holding hearings on a proposal that is intended to end the euthanasia of unwanted dogs and cats in shelters and the dumping of pets on the streets but actually targets the responsible breeding of healthy…



AIRLINE TRAVEL FOR ANIMALS IS IN JEOPARDY

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/8/2012

Last summer, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced a bill that jeopardized the shipping of animals by air. The bill was reported to committee but went nowhere.



USDA BOWS TO PRESSURE, WITHDRAWS PROPOSAL TO VACCINATE WOLFDOGS FOR RABIES

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/8/2012

Citing opposition to wolfdog ownership and the paucity of scientific information about the efficacy of canine rabies vaccination in wolves and wolfdogs, the US Department of Agriculture has withdrawn a proposal to define dogs as…



DOG OWNERS JOIN FORCES AGAINST BALTIMORE BREED BAN

By Pamela Loeb | Published: 01/8/2012

On Wednesday, March 14, a public hearing was held in Baltimore, Maryland, regarding a potential ban on pit bulls. In recent years, there have been several very well-publicized, very severe bite cases in that city. The city council…



SPORTING DOGS CAN COMPETE IN FIELD TRIALS ON PUBLIC LANDS

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/8/2012

The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced on October 12 that the agency would not issue new guidelines for field trials held on public land and would instead revert to the policy outlined in the FWS manual.



NAIA URGES NO VOTE ON BOGUS ‘PUPPY PROTECT ACT’

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/8/2012

Everyone is opposed to ‘puppy mills’ even when no definition of ‘puppy mill’ is offered. That knee-jerk reaction to an emotionally-loaded phrase is evident in the halls of the US Congress as senators and representatives…



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