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04/09/2011: 'Puppy Mill' Bills: Coming Soon to YOUR State!

The 2011 legislative session has started off with a bang for dog owners. It’s only the beginning of March, and quite an array of anti-dog legislation has been introduced, from breed specific legislation to NYC’s not very well thought out tethering law. Most prevalent have been the anti-breeder laws, or ‘puppy mill bills’ in several states. At press time, breeder legislation has been proposed in at least 5 states, with others waiting in the wings.

03/09/2011: Breed Specific Legislation: Back With a Vengeance?

The issue of breed specific legislation is rearing its ugly head and is on the rise once again. The state of Texas has had some high profile dog attacks in recent years, one in particular from 2009 when ten year old Justin Clinton was killed by two at-large dogs. His mother, Serenia Clinton, won a civil case against the dog owners, and now her attorney, Cynthia Kent, is seeking to get one of her two bills introduced into the legislature as ‘Justin’s Law.’ She wants either an outright ban on ‘pit bulls’ or severe limitations on ownership. At press time, neither bills have been introduced. Denver refuses to revoke its pit bull ban, despite yet another lawsuit challenging the law.

01/09/2011: Salvation of the Vick Dogs

After the recent spotlight Michael Vick has enjoyed due to his rise to stardom once again, coupled with the new book by Jim Gorant entitled The Lost Dogs, I felt compelled to write on the Vick dogs. I know the subject is controversial, and many people feel that Vick shouldn’t even be playing football. Others feel he has served his debt and should be free and clear.

12/09/2010: 2010 National Animal Interest Alliance Conference: Enhancing the Bond

In early October, I headed out to Denver, Colorado for the annual National Animal Interest Alliance conference. NAIA is an association of business, agricultural, scientific, and recreational interests dedicated to promoting animal welfare, supporting responsible animal use and strengthening the bond between humans and animals.

11/09/2010: Wolves in the Great Lakes Region—It’s Time for a Change

On Saturday September 18, 2010, Chris Stoppelman and Kila Butler were running their hounds, CH NITECH ‘PR’ Zimmerman’s Pep-E and NITECH GRCH Clawson Tall Tree Barney in a hunt with the Northwest Minnesota Houndsmen Association, with guide Brandon Oien. The hunt was going great until the third drop. Chris and Kila could hear the hounds open up near a big bog swamp, and the next thing they heard was a fight break out.

10/09/2010: A Closer Look At the Spay/Neuter Issue

Mandatory spay and neuter laws are being pushed, and PASSED, all over the country. Most of them are at the municipal level, but many are in major cities such as New Orleans, Memphis, and Hollister. Some are general and apply to all dogs, and some are breed specific, such as the proposed ordinance in Hollister that applies only to “pit bulls” and Chihuahuas.

10/09/2010: UKC Opposes Missouri’s Proposition B

UKC recognizes that irresponsible breeders and kennels are a valid concern, and UKC strongly believes that irresponsible breeders and dog owners should be dealt with accordingly. Obviously, dog welfare in all aspects of dog ownership, from pet owners to exhibitors to breeders, is a priority and no form of neglect or abuse should be tolerated in any aspect of dog ownership.

09/09/2010: American Veterinary Medical Association--Are they turning their backs on dog breeders?

Recently the American Veterinary Medical Association announced a model bill aimed at regulating dog breeders. As these bills have been being pushed in many states across the nation in the past year or two, AVMA has decided to jump on board. The result is a bill that not only over-regulates responsible hobby breeders but also contains many sections that are just downright insulting.

08/09/2010: Legislative Update

This month’s column will provide an update on some very active spring/early summer sessions in state legislatures, city councils, and even at the federal level. The central theme to all of this legislation is regulation and restriction on breeder’s rights. So-called ‘puppy mill’ bills are being pushed by animal rights groups all across the country. While none of us as responsible dog owners condone any sort of neglect or abuse, the problem with many of these laws is that they will end up negatively impacting responsible breeders.

07/09/2010: Summary of US v. Stevens

How many of you out there have heard about a recent decision made by the Supreme Court of the United States and just been left scratching your heads, confused over how the Justices could reach the decision they did?

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