UPDATE: Massachusetts Attempts to Regulate Shelters and Rescue Organizations
MassFed supports the proposed regulations. This information has been posted to the MassFed Facebook page.
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Wednesday, May 1, 2019
The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources has extended the period during which it will accept comments on proposed regulations for the operation of animal shelters and animal rescue organizations, and amendments to the Commonwealth's regulations applying to pet stops. The comment period is now open until 5PM, Tuesday, May 7, 2019.
Public health and safety concerns are increasingly presented by interstate dog trafficking that supplies retail shelters and rescues. Diseases recently identified in imported dogs include canine brucellosis, a highly contagious bacterial infection that develops in the reproductive system, or as a sexually transmitted disease.
The American Kennel Club supports policies that seek to provide reasonable oversight of animal shelters and rescues. To review the details of the proposal, visit our prior alert here. A copy of written testimony submitted this week by AKC in general support of these regulations can be viewed here.
WHAT CAN YOU DO:
Massachusetts residents are strongly encouraged to share their thoughts regarding the importance of regulating animal shelter and rescue organizations. Email Michael Cahill, Animal Health Director, at Michael.Cahill@mass.gov with comments before 5pm on May 7, 2019.
For more information, contact AKC's Government Relations Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PIJAC 2017-2018 Legislative summary
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HSUS Backs Employment Deception in NC
May 21, 2015
HSUS is madder than a wet hen at the North Carolina legislature. What has HSUS so worked up? North Carolina's statehouse recently passed a bill that could crack down on HSUS "investigations."
The Property Protection Act was passed to protect businesses from those who obtain a job to attack their employer. The bill's purpose is to make it unlawful to seek employment at a business if you have no intention of holding the job, but are instead using the position for (what essentially amounts to) espionage.
While the bill applies to all industries in North Carolina, HSUS is taking this very personally because it will potentially outlaw one of its favorite pastimes—sneakily getting hired onto farms and surreptitiously shooting video.
Read the entire article at: http://www.humanewatch.org/hsus-backs-employment-deception-in-nc/
Want to Help Animals in Nepal? Here's What (Not) to Do.
April 28, 2015
The huge earthquake in Nepal has caused a lot of damage and suffering. Thousands of people are hurt and homeless. If you want to help the Nepalese, Charity Navigator has a list of screened charities (http://www.humanewatch.org/new-report-hsus-uses-crises-for-financial-gain/) that you can give to.
A lot of people also want to help the animals in Nepal, whether personal pets, street dogs, or others. That's fine, too. But be wary of the profiteering Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and its international arm, Humane Society International, which are allegedly en route to help out.
In our report "Looting in the Aftermath," (http://www.humanewatch.org/new-report-hsus-uses-crises-for-financial-gain/) released last fall, we detail several incidents in which HSUS profiteered off of high-profile events. After Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey and New York, HSUS raised over $2 million—yet according to documents it filed with the NY attorney general, HSUS only spent one-third of that money on Sandy relief. HSUS also raised money after the 2010 Haiti earthquake because "Haiti's animal survivors desperately need care"—despite admitting elsewhere that "no animal issues are here that are related to the event of the earthquake." (The aforementioned Charity Navigator has issued a "Donor Advisory" (http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=3848#.VUD1uWYe7S8) against HSUS, by the way.)
You may see slick ads with heart-wrenching pictures from Humane Society International. But if you give to them, your money may not go to help out in Nepal at all.
So who can you give to? Consider giving to local groups. Animal Welfare Network Nepal (http://www.awnnepal.org/donate.php) and Animal Nepal (https://animalnepal.wordpress.com/donations/) are two such groups. We can't vouch for them ourselves, but at least your money will be in the country. But you also may want to wait for a few days (http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/27/earthquake-nepal-dont-rush-help-volunteers-aid?CMP=share_btn_fb) while a chaotic situation gets more in order. Then there will be a better idea of how best to help.
Senate bill would require adding pets to emergency planning
October 9, 2013
The Senate on Thursday will consider legislation requiring cities and towns to account for family pets and service dogs in their emergency planning, devising a strategy to shelter pets during an emergency.