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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…



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

By Dan Sands | Published: 01/8/2012

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THE ADOPT SHELTER DOG ASSESSMENT REPRESENTS THE BEST PRACTICES IN ANIMAL SHELTERS

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

Editor’s note: Dr. Meloche is listed as an author on this paper because he was the director of the shelter at the time the work was done.  Dr. Mary Burch and many other volunteers left the TLCASC when they became extremely…



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…



A VISIT TO THE 2002 INTERNATIONAL SHEEPDOG TRIALS IN SEAFORD COUNTY DOWN NORTHERN IRELAND

By Robert H. McKowen | Published: 01/8/2012

In mid-September, Northern Ireland is green, cool, and damp. The round hills climbing up to the Mourne Mountains and the Slieve Croob peak are alive with blackface sheep grazing on the lush green grass.



FEDERAL LAW ALLOWS BACKPACKING WITH A SERVICE DOG

By Jane Cox | Published: 01/8/2012

“Is he something special, or just a mutt?” the man asked as I passed him on the trail with Trigger, my 65-poundAustralian Shepherd mix. Wearing his pack, Trigger walked beside me with his tail wagging, ready, as always, to meet…



SENIORS SHINE IN AGILITY

By Ozzie Foreman | Published: 01/8/2012

enior citizens make up a large percentage of great achievers in obedience and agility. In Cincinnati, Ohio, Jim Hutchins, his wife Ruth, and their Boxers, are truly inspiring.



HIKING BAN REVERSED; DOGS CAN RETURN TO PARIA CANYON-VERMILLION CLIFFS WILDERNESS

By Dan Sands | Published: 01/8/2012

On March 1, 2005, the US Bureau of Land Management reversed a ban imposed on hiking dogs within the boundaries of the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness permit areas that it had imposed on January 1, 2003. The restrictions…



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