Animal Legislation

High Noon in Albuquerque   NAIA urges supporters: Stand with Rio Grande!

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/7/2006

Over the last 30 years, the breeder-enthusiasts who belong to local kennel and cat clubs have led the way in promoting responsible pet ownership. They’ve developed community outreach networks to educate; provided low-cost…


By Patti Strand | Published: 07/7/2005

US Senator Richard Santorum of Pennsylvania has introduced S 1139, a bill to amend the federal Animal Welfare Act. Dubbed the Pet Animal Welfare Statute of 2005, this bill poses a dilemma for animal welfare advocates: On one hand,…


By Patti Strand | Published: 11/7/2004

In March, Congressman George Nethercutt, currently a candidate for US Senate,* promised a “full court press against the terrorists” in his presentation to the NAIA “The Price We Pay” conference in Washington…


By Patti Strand | Published: 10/7/2004

In 2002, Congress excluded rats, mice, and birds used in research from the animal welfare act. In response, the US Department of Agriculture amended its regulations to reflect the change and solicited comments from the public on…


By Patti Strand | Published: 09/1/2004

The US Department of Agriculture closed several loopholes in animal welfare regulations by applying the “three breeding females regulation” to entire households in amendments that took effect on August 13, 2004.


By Patti Strand | Published: 12/24/2003

From our beginning in 1991, the National Animal Interest Alliance has worked for laws to protect animal enterprises from animal rights extremism.


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…

Movie Stars Want Federal Restrictions on Private Ownership of Exotic Animals

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 11/9/2000

Hollywood celebrities Tippi Hedren, daughter Melanie Griffith, and Kermit the Frog appeared in Washington DC to promote the Shambala Wild Animal Protection Act of 2000, an attempt to tightly restrict private ownership of exotic…

Congress Considers Ban on Performing Elephants

By Patti Strand | Published: 10/9/1999

In September 1999, California Representative Sam Farr, a Democrat, introduced HR 2929, subtitled the Captive Elephant Accident Protection Act. HR 2929 bans the use of elephants in traveling exhibits and for elephant rides.

1998 Election Gains

By Stephen S. Boynton | Published: 12/15/1998

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.

In 98, California governor signs two dog and cat bills

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 10/31/1998

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…

Congress Hears Testimony on Eco-terrorism

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 06/30/1998

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.

A Performance Analysis of King County Animal Control Ordinance 10423, Enacted in 1992

By Lee Wallot | Published: 06/30/1998

This analysis will show that, despite King County Animal Control annual reports to the contrary, Ordinance 10423 has accomplished none of the goals its proponents said it would accomplish.

Connecticut Lawmakers Pass Breeder Licensing Bill, Criminal Penalties Included

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 06/30/1998

The Connecticut State Legislature approved HB 5495, a bill that criminalizes breeders who do not apply for a kennel license. The bill allows unannounced inspections of registered kennels and imposes fines up to $1000 and jail terms…

Feds Drop 29 Species From ESA

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 06/30/1998

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…

California Federation Fights for Dog Owners’ Rights

By Judy Coffman | Published: 12/31/1997

The California Federation of Dog Clubs was formed in 1990 after the disbanding of Responsible Dog Owners of the Golden State. RDOGS had been successful in getting a state-wide generic dangerous dog law passed and so precluded the…

A Tale of Two Dog Laws

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 10/31/1997

Dog owners and fanciers are facing an onslaught of restrictive laws at state and local levels throughout the country. Animal rights activists promote breeder restrictions in the guise of consumer protection laws and solutions to…

Wolf Hybrid Owners Face Double Whammy

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 10/31/1997

Wolf hybrids, those canines that are crosses between wolves and dogs, are feared by many, maligned by some, and canines non grata in a growing number of communities. The reasons? Like many animals, hybrids can be unpredictable and…

Missouri Federation of Animal Owners

By Anne Edwards | Published: 10/31/1997

The Missouri Federation of Animal Owners educates the public and informs members of proposed legislation that may affect them as animal owners, users, and enthusiasts. We are the experts on the animal rights movement in Missouri…

A Woman’s Work Is Never Done

By Carol Williams | Published: 10/31/1997

This story actually began in 1973 with the first updating of the Clark County, Washington, animal control ordinance in 15 years. We didn’t know at the time that we were waging a war that would go on for years and perhaps never…

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