Animal Equality has filed suit against Champion Petfoods, alleging the company’s claims of “wild caught” fish ingredients are false and misleading.
Animal Equality Files False Advertising Suit Against Champion Petfoods
Michigan Considers Banning Cosmetic Surgeries for Dogs
Michigan House Bill No. 6009 proposes to ban certain surgeries performed on dogs for cosmetic or breed standard reasons, including tail docking, ear cropping, and debarking.
Missouri Finalizes Legislation Criminalizing Misrepresenting an Animal as Service Dog
Missouri Governor Mike Parson has signed into law SB 644 which clarifies the definition of a service dog and makes misrepresenting an animal as a service dog a Class C (or Class B for subsequent offenses) misdemeanor.
Iowa Supreme Court Decides Emotional Support Animal Issue
The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that in the State of Iowa, if an individual lives in a residential complex due to its no pets policy in order to avoid an allergic reaction, a new tenant may not bring in an emotional support animal.
National Academies Committee Assesses Veterans Affairs’ Use of Dogs in Biomedical Research
A national advisory panel has concluded that most research involving dogs conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs is unnecessary. The committee’s report also makes several recommendations for the VA to promote the development of alternatives to using animals in research and for improving the care and welfare of those that are.
Michigan Considers Ban on Using Dogs in Animal Research
Michigan Senate Bill 0971 proposes to prohibit conducting research or training activities on dogs “in a manner that causes pain and distress.” A violation of this ban would be punishable by a fine of between $1000 and $5000.
Ohio Considers Reporting Requirements for Companion Animal Abuse
Ohio House Bill 33 proposes to require veterinarians, social services workers, officers, and dog wardens to report suspected abuse of a companion animal.
Massachusetts Considers Increased Protections for Companion Animals
Massachusetts Senate Bill 2760 proposes to amend kennel licensing requirements, allowing licensed veterinarians to declare puppies and kittens unfit for sale, prohibit the sale of kittens or puppies under 8 weeks, and require microchipping of companion animals.
Michigan Considers Legislation to Amend Cruelty Law
Michigan House Bill 5809 proposes several changes to the state’s animal cruelty law, including requiring offenders to pay the costs associated with the care and treatment of seized animals.
Congress Considers Ban on Use of Funds for Live Dog and Cat Purchases from China
Senate Bill 3628 proposes to prohibit the use of federal funds to purchase live cats or dogs from so-called “wet markets” in China.