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How is it possible that a few state senators blocked puppy mill legislation in NC?

We should not have state or federal legislative systems where a few elected officials with an ax to grind or a special-interest group to support can block extremely reasonable legislation that has the overwhelming support of the public. Despite what some members of the US Supreme Court would have us falsely believe, people have the […]

NC Senate blocks puppy mill regulations at the 1-yard line

With the short session of the North General Assembly winding down this week, key members of the state Senate and House were debating a number of contentious provisions in the proposed budget bill. Teacher pay and Medicaid and film-industry incentives were all up for debate and were the main areas of focus for the media. […]

Pack of greyhound racing news

The needle is moving in the positive direction in greyhound racing, as more news about the odds of shutting down the horrible industry in Iowa comes out. And hopefully, the Florida legislature will follow suit. The Herald-Tribune out of Florida ran an editorial yesterday about the decoupling effort, a move that could drop the requirement […]

Wellington, Fla. bans dog and cat sales in stores

Another community has banned the sale of dogs and cats in stores. We really need this trend to spread much faster, to every state in the nation. No stores in Wellington, Fla. reportedly sell dogs or cats at this time, but the city council chose to act proactively this week to ban the practice. There […]

Legislation to ban shelter gas chambers and a proposed ban on in-store pet sales

Two important bills are in the works in Michigan and Virginia and we can only hope the movement spreads. In Michigan, the legislation could shut down gas chambers at animals shelters. It is a cruel practice that does not take into account the emotional and physical pain the animals suffer. While it is a tragedy […]

Ohio close to passing new animal-cruelty law

The Ohio House voted Wednesday to approve new legislation to increase the penalty for acts of animal cruelty, specifically making the act of “abusing or torturing a pet to death” a felony – as reported by Cleveland.com. The measure will now move to the State Senate before hopefully being signed into law by the governor. […]

Article highlights weakness in current animal-cruelty regulations

Ignorance as a primary factor in animal-cruelty cases was the primary theme for an article posted November 30 on the Topeka Capital-Journal website. But the article also notes how much local law enforcement agencies can be handcuffed by current regulations. Which clearly indicates these current regulations do not offer enough protections for animals suffering from […]

How does an anti-dog fighting bill stall in the US House?

The current Farm Bill contains a provision to criminalize attending an animal-fighting event – at the federal level. And a StarGazette.com article notes: Spectators would face additional charges if they brought a minor to witness the fight. How both of these activities are not already federal crimes – serious federal crimes – is beyond unbelievable. […]

Pennsylvania legislature passes new animal-welfare bill

Despite some setbacks across the map, the animal-welfare movement is seeing forward progress and some key wins. Pennsylvania joined the list of positive results this week, with the passage of its “Cost of Care” bill in the state legislature. And reports indicate Governor Corbett will sign it into law. The legislation means those accused of […]

Nitro’s Law is now the law in Ohio

Ohio Governor John Kasich signed Nitro’s Law on Sunday. The legislation carries the name of a Rottweiler who was among eight dogs who died from starvation at a dog-training facility. The guilty party was sentenced to only four months in jail, because at the time it was minor misdemeanor. As has been the case too […]