Canine Issues

The Retail Pet Store Final Rule and You!

By Patti Strand | Published: 09/15/2013

Since May 2012, purebred dog and cat enthusiasts, rabbit and other small animal breeders and animal activists have been focused on the USDA’s proposed rule updating the retail pet store definition in the federal Animal Welfare…

Disparage – Regulate – Prohibit – Monopolize

By Patti Strand | Published: 09/11/2013

Thirty years ago, animal welfare groups joined forces to wipe out ‘pet overpopulation’ and the resulting shelter deaths caused by indiscriminate breeding. At the time, puppies flooded shelters and animal control agencies, adoption…

Let’s Make Shelter Pets a Memory, not a Mascot

By Patti Strand | Published: 04/4/2013

Celebrate the people involved in animal rescue and shelter work who dedicate their lives to saving lives, who come up with innovative ideas to find permanent homes for animals. Celebrate responsible pet owners. But don’t turn…

Consider the source when choosing your next best friend

By Patti Strand | Published: 11/30/2012

Progress always carries with it the potential for unintended consequences. In this case, efforts at reducing dog overpopulation have been so successful that in parts of the country there are not enough dogs to meet local demand.…

NAIA comments on USDA pet store licensing exemptions

By Patti Strand | Published: 08/15/2012

NAIA’s comments to USDA APHIS regarding retail pet store and licensing exemptions.

Deadline Looms: Send Your Comments to USDA APHIS!

By Patti Strand | Published: 07/2/2012

You don’t need to be a lawyer or a policy expert in order to provide effective comments to USDA APHIS.

The USDA Proposed Rule and You

By Patti Strand | Published: 05/17/2012

The comment period is open for 60 days, your input will make a difference!

Guilt: It’s Not Just For Jews and Catholics Anymore (Purebred Dog Owners Can Play)

By Susi Szeremy | Published: 05/3/2012

Guilt for owning a purebred dog? Welcome to the new elitism.

Maryland’s Pit Bull Owners: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

By Julian Prager | Published: 05/1/2012

Common Law principles overruled in Maryland

Pure Breeds, Mixes, and Designer Breeds

By Jerold S. Bell, DVM | Published: 03/26/2012

The Clinical Truth About Pure Breeds, Mixed Breeds, and Designer Breeds. Commentary by Jerold S. Bell, DVM.

Crufts: Lost Opportunities

By Dr. Marty Greer, DVM, JD, NAIA Chair | Published: 03/23/2012

Last year, the Kennel Club announced it was ushering in big changes for 2012, the most noted being new judging criteria, where a veterinarian can overrule a dog show judge, taking away the breed win and eliminating that dog from…

Oregon HB 4170 Passes Unanimously

By Patti Strand | Published: 03/2/2012

In an impressive display of bipartisanship, the Oregon state Legislature has unanimously passed HB 4170, a bill that authorizes dog training and testing on exclusive farm use (EFU) zones.

Do Nine out of Ten Breeders Really Suck?

By Dr. Marty Greer, DVM, JD, NAIA Chair | Published: 02/14/2012

It is unfair to paint all dog breeders - hobby breeders, backyard breeders, or commercial breeders - with a broad brush and assume that they are all cut from the same cloth.


By Patti Strand | Published: 01/16/2012

Hoarding is a phenomenon that most animal control agencies eventually encounter. It’s the situation where scores or even hundreds of neglected, sick and sometimes dying animals are found living in squalid conditions under the…

Court Sides with DDAL Interpretation of AWA USDA to Appeal

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/9/2012

A Washington DC federal court ordered the US Department of Agriculture to begin licensing all dog and cat breeders in the US in a decision handed down in a lawsuit filed by the Doris Day Animal League.

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…

Why Isn’t Bred By Exhibitor Considered More Important

By Pat Hastings | Published: 01/9/2012

I think the reason Naomi Fox (aka Naomi Foltz) and I had such a great time when our club hosted the 1996 National Specialty was because we meshed in our combined efforts like soul mates. The idea discussed in this article is one…


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…


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

Owners of wolfdogs received good news from the US Department of Agriculture: after reviewing evidence that rabies and other vaccines work in wolfdogs, USDA has decided to add these canines to its vaccination regulations.


By Patti Strand | Published: 01/9/2012

Taxonomists are those scientists who spend their time assigning and then arguing about the appropriate scientific names for living organisms.

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