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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about the efficacy of canine rabies vaccination in wolves and wolfdogs, the US Department of Agriculture has withdrawn a proposal to define dogs as…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…



PIT BULLS ARE ON THE BLOCK AGAIN IN OHIO

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

Ohio’s dog fighting task force convened in August without a dog owner, trainer, or behaviorist on the panel, but dog owners have banded together to get one of their number appointed to represent their interests.



I Ain’t Got a Dog

By Jim Beers | Published: 01/8/2012

All you folks out there who have a positive view of your relationship with and use of animals, there is something you should know. If you enjoy meat or have a pet, if you fish or have a relative who benefited from medicinal testing…



Letters needed in opposition to the ‘Puppy Protection Act’

By | Published: 01/8/2012

NAIA serves the interests of those concerned about animal welfare and responsible animal ownership. For more information about this legislation or any other matter affecting animal welfare or responsible animal ownership, contact…



Congress Zaps Phony Puppy Protection Act from Farm Bill

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/8/2012

The long-awaited word came on Friday, April 26: the odious and falsely-named Puppy Protection Act had been eliminated from the Farm Bill that sets US agricultural policy for the next five years.



Quality or Quantity?

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

The National Animal Interest Alliance believes that personal circumstances and responsibility should determine how many pets reside in a household, but a growing number of our neighbors and elected leaders think otherwise. Slowly…



VIRGINIA ANIMAL RESCUERS FIGHT TO REPEAL NEW LICENSING LAW

By Walt and Sharyn Hutchins | Published: 01/8/2012

In the January 2002 session, the Virginia legislature passed a law defining volunteer home animal rescuers accepting more than six animals per year as Companion Animal Rescue Agencies and subjecting them to state inspections and…



GUARDIANS OR OWNERS? LA CITY COUNCIL CONSIDERS VOTE TO END PET OWNERSHIP

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/8/2012

Animal rights advocates in California are lobbying the Los Angeles City Council to change ‘pet owner’ to ‘pet guardian’ in the city’s animal control laws, but a vote on the proposal has been postponed until later in the…



AKC FILES ‘FRIEND OF THE COURT’ BRIEF APPEAL OF DDAL LAWSUIT SET FOR NOVEMBER

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/8/2012

On July 30, 2001, a US federal court determined that the federal government has oversight of fanciers who breed dogs and cats in their own homes and that the US Department of Agriculture should treat home breeders as pet dealers.…



SCOTTISH HUNTERS APPEAL BAN ON HUNTING WITH HOUNDS

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/8/2012

The Scottish Parliament banned all hunting with hounds earlier this year, a ban upheld by a judge, so the Scottish Countryside Alliance will take its case to a higher court.



CALIFORNIA BREEDER RESTRICTION BILL IS DEAD

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/8/2012

Dog and cat breeders and other fanciers conducted a successful grass roots campaign against SB 1373, a California bill that had dire consequences for breeders and did nothing to protect the welfare of animals.



HIKERS CAN NO LONGER BRING DOGS TO PARIA CANYON WILDERNESS PERMIT AREAS

By Dan Sands | Published: 01/8/2012

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AGENCIES ASK NAIA TO HELP FASHION ANIMAL CONTROL POLICIES

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/8/2012

Over the course of the last decade, members of NAIA’s board and staff have served on national, state and local task force bodies, on blue ribbon panels, and on animal welfare and fish and wildlife committees aimed at improving…



The National Animal Interest Alliance Goes Viral

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/6/2012

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