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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…



AKC Agility Teams Captures Gold and Silver Medals

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/8/2012

In a stunning performance that included more than a dozen clean runs, the two AKC agility teams captured gold and silver medals in the international agility competition in Porto, Portugal, on October 5-7.



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…



Virginia Approves Rescue Licensing Law

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/8/2012

Virginia’s governor approved SB 260, a bill that requires registration of rescue organizations and foster homes in the state. The bill, which sets annual fees and report requirements for rescues and their foster homes, goes into…



The Evolution of Modern-Day Dog Training

By Mary R. Burch, PhD | Published: 01/8/2012

By the 1980s, there was a paradigm shift toward more positive methods in dog training. Only 20 years before, many trainers felt that dogs had to be “broken” in order to be trained. These changes in thinking matched what was…



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.



Basic Rules of Ethical Rescue: NAIA Promotes Ethical Rescue Actions

By Patti Webb | Published: 01/8/2012

It is important to remain in good standing with your community and maintain a good working relationship with your area shelters and your fellow welfare volunteers. A history of negativity, deceit, jumping to conclusions, or inability…



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…



TRAINING ETHICS: PROTECTING THE PROFESSION AND THE PUBLIC

By Mary R. Burch, PhD | Published: 01/8/2012

Mark Twain may not have known it, but he was talking about ethics when he said, “To be good is noble, but to teach others to be good is nobler and less trouble.” In professional organizations, the purpose of a code of ethics…



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.



USA (AND DOG FANCIERS!) WIN IN APPEAL

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/8/2012

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 in a decision filed on January…



ETHICS IN RESCUE: EMOTIONAL PANIC CAN CREATE PROBLEMS WITH HOME SCREENING AND PLACEMENT

By Vicki DeGruy | Published: 01/8/2012

In recent years, thanks mostly to the Internet, rescue has grown into a large army of loosely connected volunteers across the country, volunteers of widely different backgrounds and philosophy.



THE REPORT IS IN: THE FUTURE OF PUREBRED DOGS IN IN OUR HANDS

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

The report is in.

The American Kennel Club High Volume Breeder Committee has opened the door to the 21st Century for the world’s largest advocacy body for purebred dogs.



IT TOOK SIX YEAR, BUT OHIO HUMANE AGENTS NOW NEED ANIMAL HUSBANDRY TRAINING TO DO THEIR JOBS

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

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.



Debarking (Bark Softening) - Myths and Facts

By Charlotte McGowan | Published: 01/8/2012

There is a move around the country by animal rights interests to outlaw the practice of debarking dogs. So much misinformation about this procedure abounds that it is truly time to set the record straight. As a dog breeder for over…



PPA REDUX

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/8/2012

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…



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