Microchipping Your Dog Is Now Mandatory In The UK
The United Kingdom passed a law that starting on April 6th, 2016, all dog owners must microchip their dogs or face a hefty fine.
It’s A Crime: Prosecuting People Who Leave Dogs in Hot Vehicles
It’s up to each of us to look out for pets when their owners use poor judgment that puts them in harm’s way, and to continue urging our lawmakers to follow the lead.
Tennessee Legalizes Smashing Car Windows To Save Dogs
It's time we stopped punishing good Samaratins for helping animals who are suffering in the summer heat and recognize them as the heroes that they are. Also shocking video...
ASPCA Fights Animal Crimes CSI-Style With Forensic Team
The ASPCA Forensic Team is hard at work in the lab and courtroom, to help assure that the perpetrators of animal crimes are convicted for their actions.
FBI Makes Animal Abuse A Crime Against Society
New animal cruelty laws will allow authorities to identify abusers and help prevented the animal abusers of today from becoming the serial killers of tomorrow.
Kentucky legislature introduces bill expanding penalties for dog fighting
Rated the worst for animal protection laws by the Animal Legal Defense Fund in 2014, Kentucky seeks to improve its ranking with HB 154 which expands penalties for dog fighting.
More states crack down on selling puppies
A bill that puts tighter restrictions on puppy mills and the sale of such animals at retail stores is heading to the desk of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Deceased pet parent’s initial wishes are honored
It happened again: A pet’s owner passed away and a provision in the human’s will specified that the animal be euthanized. Such was the fate of a German Shepherd.
New York says no to pet tattoos and piercing
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that prohibits tattooing and piercing pets in the Empire State; his action is backed by several animal-rights groups.
Best and worst states for animal protection laws in 2014
The number of U.S. territories that outlaw breed-specific legislation grew in 2014, as documented in the ALDF’s yearly ranking of states according to animal cruelty laws.
Dog grooming bill would regulate the trade in New Jersey
If “Bijou’s law” passes in New Jersey, it would regulate the pet-grooming industry in the Garden State by mandating groomers be more than 18 years old and more.
Joint custody of the family pet?
When a couple gets divorced, it isn’t unusual for the parents to get joint custody of the children, including visitation rights; the same applies to pet dogs and cats.
New law requires out-of-state sellers to submit health certificates for imported dogs
AB 1809 requires that imported dogs be inspected and issued health certificates upon entry into California; the law was passed partially in response to online dog sellers.
Dogs and cats no longer considered property in France
Inspired by a 700,000 signature petition, the French parliament votes to change the definition of "animal" from "movable goods" to "living and feeling beings".
Florida lawmakers push to protect racing dogs
Forty-three U.S. states have banned Greyhound racing, and only 24 tracks are operational in the country — 13 of which are in the Sunshine State of Florida.
Chicago’s anti-puppy mill legislation goes countywide
Update: Following the Chicago City Council, the Cook County Board voted unanimously to ban the sale of animals within the area, but with some restrictions and exceptions.
12 strange animal laws
Sad but true: States have dumb laws (created by dumb politicians), and this extends to the realm of pet ownership; here are a dozen about our four-legged friends.
Best and worst states for animal protection laws in 2013
Once again, the Bluegrass State ranks as the worst state in America for animal-protection legislation, while the Land of Lincoln retains its status as the best for 2013.
Man under investigation for tattooing his Pit Bull
A North Carolina tattoo artist is under fire after authorities discovered he hadn’t just been inking people. A concerned citizen filed a complaint after discovering that Ernesto Rodriguez had tatted an intricate design on his 4-month-old Pit Bull Terrier puppy, Duchess. “It’s just art,” Rodriguez tells CNN of Duchess’s fresh ink. “I want to put […]
Best and worst states for animal protection laws in 2012
On December 19, 2012, in Kentucky, Gary L. Foster, Jr. was indicted for second-degree animal cruelty after he allegedly broke a kitten’s front legs with a golf club. Two days before Foster was indicted, the Animal Legal Defense Fund released its annual U.S. Protection Laws Rankings, a report that ranks all states in the U.S. […]