The “PUPPERS” Act, H.R. 3197, a bill that would prohibit the use of canines in biomedical research at the Veterans Administration by eliminating required funding, is misguided and, if enacted, would be harmful to both humans and animals.

Esteemed scientific associations (listed below) wrote to Congressional representatives, in opposition to H.R. 3197, explaining that while

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulates cancer drugs and devices, both for use by humans and pets. Such drugs and devices must obtain FDA approval or clearance before they can be marketed or sold to consumers, so that the FDA can ensure each product is safe and effective for its intended use.


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

Tennessee House Bill 2303, introduced on January 21, 2016 would enact the “Commercial Dog Breeders Registration Act” that would make the following consumer protection violations:

  1. selling of dogs by unlicensed breeders;
  2. misrepresenting the condition of a dog for sale; or
  3. altering or falsifying a dog’s health certificate.

A companion bill was concurrently introduced into

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On Monday, February 8, 2016, the New Jersey Senate Economic Growth Committee will consider Senate Bill 63.  The bill repeals consumer protection laws for pet purchasers, prohibits the sale of dogs unless the transactions are conducted face-to-face, and requires pet shops

In a recent case in Manatee County, Florida, a dog named Padi, owned by veterinarian, Dr. Paul Gartenberg, was given a second chance at life by Judge Andrew Owens, Circuit Court Judge of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit in and for Manatee County, Florida who found that a state law that would have resulted in the

dogs and catsstatus of cats and dogsIn this interesting article David Grimm describes the changing public opinion about biomedical research that involves animals, observing:

as Americans have embraced pets as virtual children . . .they’ve soured on animal research. In 2001, only 29% of the public deemed animal testing ‘morally wrong;’ by 2013, it was 41%, and 54% of those aged

Another report has surfaced about the largely unregulated, but highly profitable retail rescue industry importing puppies from the South, where irresponsible dog breeding is rampant, to eager pet owners in the North East who have bought into the propagandized message to “adopt not shop.”

In this case, as reported by Taylor Rapalyea in the article

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Initially published 12 Oct 2015 10:54 AM PDT; Republished with permission

Humane relocation, dog trafficking, the “Puppy Pipeline” — whatever you call it, the practice is still relatively unknown outside of the organized animal community and to a lesser extent, law enforcement and media circles. In case you are scratching your