New Jersey Senate Bill No. 2847,  introduced on December 12, 2016 would make some important beneficial changes to the laws governing animal rescue organizations and shelters in New Jersey, but would also require the unnecessary and harmful premature spay and neuter of cats and dogs before sale from pet shops, kennels, shelters, pounds, and

Pet stores used to be the primary source for puppies in the U.S.  That role has drastically changed-rescues and shelters are now the dominant providers of pets, replacing pet stores.  In fact, thousands of puppies are imported into the Northeast to supply the increasing demand for “rescued” pets, as promoted with million-dollar campaigns from nonprofit

The interstate pet market has been targeted for decades by NGO’s intent on eliminating purposely-bred pets and replacing them with randomly-sourced and irresponsibly-bred pets sold through rescue and shelter channels. According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) more than “140 jurisdictions nationwide” have recently passed pet store sourcing limitations or bans, with

Shelters, Rescues, and pet stores all provide pets for consumers. The transfer of ownership is the same, whether described as an “adoption” or “sale.” Both the federal and state governments consider the transfer of ownership from these entities to be equivalent. The transfer of money for these pets is considered remuneration, whether based on a

At its core, the Law is an attempt at economic protectionism of the City’s favored source of pets, animal shelters and rescues, who are expressly exempted from the Laws’ sourcing restrictions and mandatory sterilization requirements for pet stores, and discriminates against articles of commerce (puppies) coming from other states based simply on their origin from

The Virginia Department of Agriculture Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has amended its Rules and Regulations Pertaining to a Pound or Enclosure to Be Maintained by Each County or City. The amendments are in the final adoption period which will end on August 24 2016 when the new regulations will be effective.

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In a stunning turn of events, Senator Lesniak, sponsor of S63, a bill in New Jersey that would have banned pet stores from purchasing from any commercial dog breeder, testified that he was refocusing the bill in a committee substitute to permit continued purchases from USDA licensees to pet stores, because these breeders were not

On May 15, 2016 the New York Times published its response to a reader’s questions submitted to “The Ethicist:”

Is it O.K. to Get a Dog From A Breeder, Not A Shelter?”

While author Kwame Anthony Appiah concluded that it was ok to purchase a dog from a responsible breeder,  a few comments reflected

In New Jersey  another bill (A3645) was introduced that would amend the state animal cruelty laws and the pet protection act.

This bill would have dramatic effects on kennels, pet shops, shelters, and pounds. Those entities, licensed by local municipalities, and inspected by local health departments, would be considered guilty of and liable