Animal Legislation

RPOA Breaks New Ground in Texas

By Mary Beth Duerler | Published: 10/31/1997

In case you haven’t heard, there’s an insidious cancer creeping across the country called ‘animal rights.’ Crazy as it sounds, their agenda is to end all use of animals, including pet ownership.

Pet Lemon Laws and Nails in the Coffin

By Anna Sadler | Published: 10/31/1997

Cat and dog fanciers have long been their own worst enemies in the breeding ban wars, and the reason for this is the intense love they feel for the pets that they breed, show and that share their homes.

California Bill Charges $250 for Breeder Permit

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

California Senate Bill 621 has been amended to include a $250 annual permit for anyone who has sold, transferred, or given away “one or more dogs during the preceding calendar year” or sold a puppy or kitten received…

Spay or Pay

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

The Los Angeles, California, Board of Animal Commissioners has approved a proposal for a tax of $500 on unsterilized pets. The ordinance was drafted by the city’s Pet Population Task Force in an attempt to deal with a large…

New York State Prohibits Breed-Specific Legislation

By Sue Weiss | Published: 10/31/1997

Ten years in the Assembly without passage! No Senate sponsor around - then along came the Long Island Coalition of Dog Fanciers and rattled the crates.

Why Pennsylvania’s Dog Clubs Fought for a Puppy Lemon Law

By Dotsie Keith | Published: 10/31/1997

In some parts of our country, purebred dog fanciers are fighting against overly restrictive state and local laws that have been imposed on breeders. Why then, would the 108 dog clubs of the Pennsylvania Federation of Dog Clubs fight…

OVDO Wants Changes in Animal Cruelty Bill

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

Ohio Valley Dog Owners is in the unenviable position of opposing an animal cruelty bill in the Ohio House of Representatives because it does not make exemptions for customary animal husbandry practices, require training or adherence…

The Tuna-Dolphin Connection

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 03/19/1997

The simple facts are: Dolphins are marine mammals; they swim near the surface of the water and break through the surface to breathe. Marine mammals exist in all the world’s oceans.

Greenpeace, Other Groups Praise New US Congressional Effort

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 03/19/1997

While nations grapple with decimation of fishing stocks in the North Atlantic Ocean, tuna fishermen in Southern California, Mexico, and Central and South America may finally begin to reap the fruits of their conservation labors…

Dog Limit called unconstitutional in Minnesota

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 03/19/1997

In June 1996 two dog owners in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, were granted a summary judgment against the city for two dog limit laws the judge called “an invalid exercise of police power violating the plaintiffs’ Constitutional…

San Mateo Ordinance Fails Test of Time

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 03/19/1997

Year one of the San Mateo County Pet Overpopulation Ordinance coincided with an increase in euthanasia in the affected unincorporated county and a reversal of the prior down-trend.”

New Rules Proposed for Animal Transport

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 03/19/1997

The US Department of Agriculture is proposing several changes in the Animal Welfare Act, including a new rule that would prohibit air transport of dogs and cats if the ambient air temperature reaches 90 degrees at any point in the…

Federation Loses After Long Struggle To Pass Puppy Lemon Law

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 02/28/1997

The Pennsylvania Federation of Dog Clubs got a double whammy late last year when its long-sought puppy lemon law failed to pass the legislature but lawmakers acted quickly on a new bill that some fear will allow breed-specific ordinances…

Pennsylvania Has New Dog Law

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 02/28/1997

Pennsylvania’s governor signed on the dotted line last December and opened the door to fragmentation of the state’s animal control program. Act 151 gives some cities and all counties the right to establish their own…

Where Do Values About Animals Lie for Fourth Graders?

By Phil Clifford | Published: 02/14/1997

From the beginning, NAIA has been about values.

Dogs Will Be Dogs… But Cats Won’t

By Anna Sadler | Published: 06/10/1996

Laws being proposed, and in some cases passed, throughout the country are lumping cat and dog issues together, and are no more appropriate than attempting to put that square peg into the round hole. These pets are two different…


By Patrick H. Cleveland, PhD | Published: 05/9/1996

Virtually every medical advance has used animals in some stage of research or testing. Thus, whether medical progress continues at the same pace in the next century depends upon an informed public supporting the continued use of…


By Patti Strand | Published: 02/25/1996

This report was mandated by the 1992 Animal Enterprise Protection Act and prepared for Congress by the US Departments of Agriculture and Justice in response to increasing complaints of incidents of terrorism against people involved…


By Patti Strand | Published: 03/30/1995

By opinion dated March 30, 1994, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court struck down an ordinance that limited the number of cats or dogs that could be maintained in a single residence to five.

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