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For those who will be regulated by USDA under the Animal Welfare Act for non-exempt facilities with birds not bred for use in research the time is ripe for you
Continue Reading Comments Due for USDA’s Proposed Regulations Governing Standards for Birds Not Bred for Use in Research Under the Animal Welfare Act

A Washington Supreme Court found that a person can be a victim of a crime of domestic violence if their pet is subjected to acts of animal cruelty by a
Continue Reading Washington Supreme Court finds that a “person” can be a victim of a crime of domestic violence if their pet is subjected to acts of animal cruelty

A variant of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) – one that is not an immediate threat to humans – is on the move in the United States in both wild
Continue Reading Alert to Poultry Flock Owners: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza on the Move in the US

As previously described, NJ bill A1219 would require veterinarians or health officials to notify known pet owners prior to rabies testing of the deceased pet, which currently involves decapitation
Continue Reading NJ Rabies Notification Requirements Properly Amended by Governor’s Veto

According to the owners of Sospiro Goat Ranch, a small family goat farm in North Carolina, as reported on their blog, “the Facts About the Attack On Our Farm
Continue Reading Wayne Hsiung, the activist who stole a goat kid named “Freddie,” found guilty of felony theft in North Carolina

California recently updated it’s website providing answers to “Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR)” pursuant to California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 16, Sections 2032.1, 2032.15, and 2032.25.
Continue Reading Who can perform laboratory tests on an owned animal in California when no veterinarian-client-patient relationship exists?

S4168, a bill introduced in the NJ Senate, would require licensure for veterinary technicians.  New Jersey has not required licensure of veterinary technicians or other veterinary assistants, and the New
Continue Reading Concerns about NJ’s proposed legislation requiring licensure of veterinary technicians in the face of a veterinary workplace crisis

Labeling of meat and poultry products has been the subject of numerous lawsuits, in which labels claiming products are, for example, “natural,” “humanely-raised,” “antibiotic-free,” are alleged to be fraudulent, amongst
Continue Reading USDA-FSIS Extends Comment Period on Labeling Requirements for Meat and Poultry Products Comprised of, or Containing, Cultured Cells Derived from Animals.

Recently introduced Senate bill 4058 would reintroduce third parties into the enforcement, seizure and relocation of companion animals based on alleged acts of animal cruelty after the legislature successfully ousted
Continue Reading Concerns about NJ Bill S4058 which amends notification requirements and seizure of companion animals