10/11/2013: How will the New USDA Changes Affect You?By now, most of you have heard that some changes have been made to the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) that affect dog breeders, but there has been a lot of confusion on exactly how these changes work. I will attempt to clarify and simplify, to the best of my knowledge, but many of the definitions and applications remain unclear.
07/08/2013: “Of Wolves and Men”Michigan has had two major issues recently come to the forefront that resonate across the country. One is the idea of a so-called animal abuse registry; these have been cropping up across the country. The other is a major victory against HSUS when it comes to the wolf hunt.
05/15/2013: Unfortunate IncidentsThere have been a recent string of unfortunate incidents that have befallen coon hunters, but could happen to any dogs in just about any hunting genre.
04/10/2013: Legislative UpdateNew legislative sessions are underway across the country, and a lot of legislation that affects dog owners has cropped up pretty fast. I’m keeping tabs on them all, but the majority will hopefully end up going nowhere. This month I’ll give you some highlights of what’s going on and trends around the country.
03/18/2013: Landlord IssuesIt’s been rather quiet on the legislative front, with most legislatures across the country just starting new sessions, but that will soon change. In the meantime, I’d like to talk about an issue that has recently come up around the water cooler here at UKC: renting as a dog owner, specifically an owner of certain breeds.
01/03/2013: The National Animal Interest Alliance’s Annual ConferenceFor the fifth year in a row, I attended the National Animal Interest Alliance’s annual conference. It never fails that I learn something new each year. I was especially looking forward to this year’s conference as Temple Grandin, famed animal scientist, author and professor, was the keynote speaker.
11/09/2012: The Power of Rallying For Your RightsWhile things are somewhat quieting down on the legislative front, I had an opportunity to check in on the opposition. Several groups here in Michigan, including Michigan Humane Society and HSUS, and led by Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan, hosted “Pups Parade” for what they proclaimed as Michigan Puppy Mill Awareness Day of 2012.
10/11/2012: The Good, the Bad and the UglyAlthough the proposed USDA/APHIS rule changes took the forefront this summer with regards to legislative action, it certainly has not been the only issue to take the stage. Breed specific legislation is still alive and the fight continues, and a few key battles over hunting rights are continuing. However, it seems that the USDA/APHIS changes got the attention it deserved. At last check, well over 15,000 comments had been submitted.
08/14/2012: To Protect and CherishUKC stands behind responsible breeders, and is doing our part to help in producing healthy, vibrant, and sound dogs. Animal rights proponents have been pretty successful in implanting the idea that dog breeders are responsible for dogs in shelters. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth.
06/23/2012: Now It's the Feds' TurnLast month, I revisited the state “puppy mill” bill issue as it was rearing its ugly head here in Michigan once again. That apparently was a foreshadowing of what was to come at the Federal level. Some very significant and disturbing changes have been proposed to the Animal Welfare Act that could negatively impact not only breeders but rescues alike! In this column I will go over those changes and contact info for comments as I urge each and every one of you to have your voice heard on this issue.