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Some dog breeders file lawsuit to block regulations

Apparently, some dog breeders do not want to engage in even minimal welfare standards for welfare practices. As the USDA proposed a move of covering commercial breeders who sell directly to the public under the Animal Welfare Act, some breeders made it clear they do not want to fall under these minimal standards. They have […]

Animal welfare protests at Georgia Regents University

The Humane Society of the US alleges, through video, that dogs are being abused during research studies at Georgia Regents University. With the release of this news, a group of animal-welfare advocates protested this past weekend at the Augusta, Ga. campus. A response from Dr. Christopher Cutler and Dr. Mark Hamrick of the university ran […]

USDA announces crackdown on online puppy mill sales

Finally, we might be seeing a move at the federal level to go after puppy mills. The USDA has announced new regulations to bring dog breeders who sell puppies online or through the mail or by phone under the same guidelines imposed on wholesale breeders. This will be the case for breeders who breed four […]

Reopening the door to horse slaughter plants an idiotic move

Late last month, the US Department of Agriculture granted an application in New Mexico to open a horse-slaughter plant. And the same thing could happen in Iowa and Missouri. It is still possible the USDA might not be granted the funding to inspect the plants, which would block the move. An Associated Press article posted […]

Members of Federal Wildlife Services routinely engaged in acts of animal cruelty

A Fox News story published Tuesday reports on routine acts of animal cruelty, by individuals working in the USDA’s Wildlife Services department. One person quoted in the article explains it is part of the job to have dogs attack wolves held in leg-hold traps. Thankfully, two US Congressman – Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.) and Rep. […]

PUPS Act – to close the Internet loophole for dog breeders – was introduced on Wednesday

Great news today. The Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act (The PUPS Act) was introduced Wednesday in the US Congress. And in equally good news, it is a bipartisan effort. The bill’s sponsors, as reported by the USA Today, are Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and David Vitter, R-La., and Reps. Jim Gerlach, R-Pa., Sam Farr, […]

Maryland Girl Scouts Troop wins Pack of Compassion Award – for letter to the AKC

Girl Scout Troop 6811 out of Sandy Spring, Md. wrote a letter recently to the American Kennel Club, asking the organization to drop its opposition to proposed changes to the Animal Welfare Act that would close the loophole in the regulations that too many breeders are jumping through. The girls want to make sure breeders […]

HSUS delivers 60,000+ letters to USDA in support of regulations on Internet puppy sales

The Humane Society of the United States has hand-delivered over 60,000 letters from its members and supporters to the United States Department of Agriculture. The letters were written in support of a proposed new rule which would “crack down on Internet puppy mills.” As things stand now, far too many puppy mills are stepping thr0ugh […]

USDA’s new proposed rules for dog breeders could help shut down more puppy mills

It is at least a couple of decades past due, but we might finally see Internet sales and other retail sales of puppies covered under the Animal Welfare Act. The change in the Animal Welfare Act has been on the table for some time now, but it is again a hot topic in the news […]

Sports editor drops the ball in understanding animal-welfare movement

I just happened across an editorial on “Animal Rights” by the sports editor of the Abilene Reflector-Chronicle out of Kansas. I don’t want to slam another writer too hard, but it is apparent that while he must know sports, on the topic of animal welfare …. well… not so much. Of late, some folks on […]