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.

Victory: BSL Proposal Will Not Advance

September 26, 2013

The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government has effectively ended consideration of a breed-specific legislative proposal for this session.

Senate Bill 969, which would have allowed cities and towns to enact breed-specific dangerous dog legislation, was opposed by the American Kennel Club and the Massachusetts Federation of Dog Clubs and Owners (MassFed). The committee sent the bill to "study" on September 23, effectively ending its consideration for the year.

AKC Government Relations congratulates and thanks MassFed and the many concerned Massachusetts dog owners who took the time to contact their state legislators on this bill.

Agriculture Committee Hearing - June 3, 2013

The Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture has scheduled a hearing for June 3, 2013. The Hearing will be held at the David Prouty High School Auditorium in Spencer, MA from 10am-2pm to hear testimony on the HB680, HB3342 and SB375. Within the week there will be position papers on these bills posted on the positions papers page. HB680 if passed would significantly impact dog groomers. It is really important to attend the hearing and/or contact your state rep and senator with your feelings about these bills.

Please plan to attend the hearing if at all possible. If you cannot attend, please write to the Committee with your testimony prior to the hearing - contact information for Committee members is available by clicking on the Committee name on the Position Papers page.

Municipalities Committee Hearing - June 4, 2013

The Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government has scheduled a hearing for June 4, 2013 for all animal related bills, including SB401/HB1874. The plan is to begin the hearing at 11:00am in B1. As this subject matter tends to attract a large crowd, testimony will be limited to 3 minutes per person and 10 minutes for groups.

Please plan to attend the hearing if at all possible. If you cannot attend, please write to the Committee with your testimony prior to the hearing - contact information for Committee members is available by clicking on the Committee name on the Position Papers page.

Bebout Award Presented to Massachusetts Federation of Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners

The American Kennel Club (AKC) is pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Federation of Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners has been presented the Walter Bebout Memorial Award for Leadership in Canine Legislation.

Named for the late Director of the AKC Government Relations Department, the "Bebout Award" recognizes federations and dog owner/breeder organizations that have been actively involved in educating legislators about responsible dog ownership issues and have worked to preserve the rights of responsible owners and breeders. Organizations honored with the Bebout Award receive a $1,000 donation to help offset the costs associated with their legislative efforts.

The Massachusetts Federation of Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners (MassFed) is the AKC's state federation for Massachusetts. Its membership includes 39 all-breed, specialty, training and performance dog clubs, as well as individual members. Among its many activities and accomplishments, MassFed:
- Conducts seminars on legislative action for kennel clubs throughout the state of Massachusetts
- Maintains its own state legislative alerts system and web page
- Developed a comprehensive set of policy positions to guide its members and other concerned dog owners
- Established strong, ongoing relationships with state, local and federal representatives to ensure that the federation and its representatives are seen as the local resource for information on responsible dog ownership issues
- Conducts lobby or legislative days at the state capitol annually or more often, as needed
- Works together with other animal groups to defeat bills that would limit the rights of responsible dog owners
- Presents information booths and provides educational materials at dog shows and events throughout the year

Recently, MassFed worked proactively with a broad range of animal groups within the state to pass a bill that created a state-wide definition of dangerous dog that prevents a dog from being declared dangerous solely because of its breed, provides for reasonable inspection of commercial kennels, and establishes a homeless animal prevention and care fund to assist low income residents with medical care costs for their animals and to provide training for animal control officers.

"MassFed doesn't only help clubs in their own state, they also have assisted in neighboring Rhode Island, which does not have a federation and has been plagued with extremely bad canine legislation," said Sheila Goffe, Director of AKC Government Relations.

"The Massachusetts Federation of Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners, led by President Nancy Fisk and recent past President Virginia Rowland, has long been a model for other states in its level of activity and organization," Goffe said. "We are pleased to recognize their outstanding efforts and thank them for their service."

From: December 2012 issue of AKC Taking Command - A Publication of the AKC Government Relations Dept.

PETA Thanksgiving billboard asks kids: Would you eat your dog?

Published November 10, 2012 -

A billboard that will be placed outside Nevada public schools is sure to make for interesting Thanksgiving dinner conversation, that is, if kids let the turkey make it to the table.

PETA plans to place a billboard that reads, "KIDS: If you wouldn't eat your dog, why eat a turkey? Go vegan," with a picture of a dog head on a turkey body, near Reno public schools.


Similar ads will be run outside public schools in California, and were placed in Canada in September.

"Kids love animals, and if they thought about how turkeys feel pain and fear just as dogs and cats do, they want to switch out those drumsticks for Tofurky," Marta Homlberg, associate director of Youth Outreach Campaigns for peta said in a press release.

"This Thanksgiving, families can give turkeys something to be thankful for by choosing delicious vegan meals."

But not everyone is as excited about this billboard as PETA. The billboard ran in Canada during the country's Thanksgiving season and was met with resistance from turkey producers.

"It's not classy, and not tasteful," Bill Uruski, chairman of the Turkey Producers in Canada told The Winnipeg Sun.

PETA is also offering free tombstones for kids to stick into the Thanksgiving turkey. The tombstone reads, "Here Lies the Corpse of a Tortured Bird."

Children can visit the website and request a tombstone in the mail for free as long as they tell PETA why they don't eat turkey. There is also the option to download the tombstone and tape to a toothpick.

"Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and kindness, and we should not celebrate this by eating the decomposing corpse of a tortured bird," Lauren Stroyeck, a PETA spokeswoman told The Winnipeg Sun.

"I don't think it will have any traction," Uruski said.


Tables Turned on Humane Society

Jim Matthews, Outdoors
Posted: 07/26/2012 08:32:04 PM PDT
Updated: 08/01/2012 11:54:09 PM PDT

The Humane Society of the United States, an organization that does next to nothing for animal shelters but sues, badgers and lobbies politicians and businesses into adopting its radical animals rights agenda, is getting a taste of its own medicine.

In a little-reported ruling by a judge in the District of Columbia earlier this month, the HSUS is facing allegations under RICO statues on racketeering, obstruction of justice, malicious prosecution and other claims for a lawsuit it brought and lost against Ringling Brothers Circus' parent company Feld Entertainment, Inc.

After winning the case alleging mistreatment of elephants in its circuses brought by Friends of Animals (later merged into HSUS), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), lawyers at Feld filed a countersuit with a litany of claims ranging from bribery to money laundering to racketeering. The attorneys for the animal rights groups asked the judge to dismiss all of the claims, but most survived. So in early August, HSUS will be facing the music in a case that should attract the attention of hunters, ranchers, farmers and anyone impacted by HSUS' radical animal rights agenda.

District judge Emmet G. Sullivan did dismiss allegations of mail and wire fraud, but he did so only because Feld didn't have standing to file this charge. His ruling all but set the stage for a class-action RICO lawsuit against HSUS for misrepresenting itself in its fundraising campaigns across the nation. This lawsuit easily could bankrupt HSUS, put it out of business and send some of its top executives to prison.

For the first time, a group has fought back against the animal rights and environmental extremists who have been setting policy in this country for the past 20 years or more. Now, instead of getting rich off their lawsuits and fundraising schemes that misrepresent their efforts and accomplishments, they could be driven out of business. These groups have cost the farming and ranching industry jobs and raised the price of products we buy every day. They are behind the efforts to ban sport hunting across the nation. They have forced state wildlife and fishery agencies to waste countless millions of dollars on lawsuits and have spearheaded policies and legislation like the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA), which has ruined livelihoods in recreational and commercial fishing without helping marine resources.

These groups operate with surly arrogance and believe they are above the law. Thankfully, that is not the case. Stay tuned.

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Bank of America blasted for HSUS support

Geni Wren, Bovine Veterinarian Magazine
Updated: June 23, 2012

The Animal Agriculture Alliance has come out strongly against Bank of America's newest product offering - a Bank of America VISA that supports the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

The Alliance says this new credit card provides the radical animal rights organization with $60 for every new account opened and an additional 25 cents for every $100 spent.

In a letter to Bank of America President and CEO Brian Moynihan, Alliance CEO Kay Johnson Smith says, "HSUS is a radical animal rights organization that is not affiliated with local animal shelters and instead uses its more than $100 million budget to threaten America's hardworking farmers and ranchers. While many Americans mistakenly believe HSUS is the national organization affiliated with local animal shelters, very little of its funding is used for hands-on animal care. Instead, HSUS uses its resources to attack farmers and ranchers with legislation, litigation, and public relations smear campaigns."

Johnson Smith goes on to suggest that the Alliance, which has been a Bank of America customer for over two decades, may reconsider its relationship with the bank, and will suggest that its members do the same. The Alliance encourages those in the animal agriculture community to voice their opinions to Bank of America about their HSUS support by either writing to Bank of America, tweeting about it or sending comments to Bank of America's Facebook page.

Ag campaigns can work
This isn't the first time a large corporation has supported HSUS and has received industry backlash in the process. Who can forget in 2010 rancher Troy Hadrick's infamous YouTube video showing him dumping out a bottle of [yellow tail] wine while standing out in front of his cows, because the winemaker's parent company gave a large donation to HSUS?

Spurred on by Hadrick's actions, the Ag Alliance and many ag organizations and individuals bombarded the [yellow tail] parent company, W.J. Deutsch, resulting in the company vowing to stop further support of HSUS.

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Pedone to quit state rep post
New exec director of college council

January 7, 2012


He has served his district in good times and bad, tragedy and triumph, and I thank him for his outstanding service to the House.
- Robert A. DeLeo, HOUSE SPEAKER

WORCESTER - State Rep. Vincent A. Pedone said yesterday he will leave his post within two weeks to begin a job as executive director of the Council of Presidents of the Massachusetts State University System.

Mr. Pedone, 44, will succeed Frederick Clark, who left the position in November to become executive vice president of Bridgewater State University.

Mr. Pedone has represented the 15th Worcester District since 1993. He has risen to become chairman of the powerful Committee on Bills in Third Reading and has been one of the most influential state representatives in Central Massachusetts.

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July 19 Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Hearing

July 21, 2011

By Virginia Rowland

MassFed Board members Virginia Rowland, Nancy Fisk and John Kenney testified at the hearing with regard to HB1023, An Act Relative to the Definition of a Kennel. Rep. Peterson, who filed the bill on behalf of constituent Lance Boe, submitted a proposed revision completely different from the original bill that sought to emphasize the kennel definition be applied to situations where dogs are kept over night, and excluding temporary gatherings of dogs, such as dog shows and such events. Mr. Boe who wrote the original bill because of his difficulty in getting a permit to operate a doggie daycare center and grooming business was also present to testify. Mr. Boe's issues are in part with the town. He lives in a residential area, but was advised he would get permission to operate a business from his home with approval. Ultimately Grafton town officials notified him that the current Chapter 140 definition of a kennel (which is identical to what is in the Grafton dog ordinance) only allowed them to permit him to have three dogs in his business at one time.

Rep. Peterson is working on a new version of the bill, including a definition of doggie daycare.

Testimony was also heard on four different bills HB1017, HB1018, HB1896 and HB1895 filed by Rep. Pedone that have to do with requiring all Veterinary Technicians and Technologists to graduate from an AVMA program with either an Associate or Bachelor's degree, pass the Vet Tech National Exam and be licensed annually. Susan Curtis, MVMA Executive Director, a veterinarian, and several licensed Vet Techs testified in support of these bills.

There were no veterinary technicians or technologists currently working as part of on the job training present to testify in opposition to these bills which, if approved, would lead them to either lose their jobs (without further education to obtain required degrees), or not be allowed to do tasks such as monitoring anesthesia, cleaning teeth, and placing catheters, which they now do. The bills may also require professional mal-practice insurance which could substantially raise that cost of veterinary services. Charlotte McGowan and Bonnie Chandler testified in opposition.

More information will be posted as it is received.


July 20, 2011

At the last minute, MassFed was able to obtain the name and contact information of the constitutent who requested Rep. Peterson to file HB1023. The goal is to open a doggie daycare center and his town officials were unable to interpret state law and would not allow this constituent to open the business. Unfortuantely, there were no other agencies (Bureau of Animal Health, Attorney General, etc) who would interpret the state laws for town officials so the bill was filed with unforseen consequences due to the language. MassFed will work with Rep. Peterson and/or the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure to see that this matter is handled in the constituent's town and if this bill goes forward it will be with revised language that will not classify training centers and dog shows as "kennels".

More information will be posted as it is received.

HSUS Won Pepsi's $250,0000 Grant for Animal Rescue

December 23, 2010

by Ariana Huemer

With your inspiring support, the animals scored a huge win this month - to the tune of $250,000. When we heard about Pepsi's "Refresh" donation program for philanthropic causes, we were excited. Here was an opportunity for The HSUS to rescue even more animals from the abuse they suffer daily.

We knew the Pepsi grant would go a long way toward saving animals trapped in misery. Buoyed by the prospect, and the enthusiasm of our members, we made our pitch to Pepsi.

Then it was up to you - our dedicated supporters - to prove to Pepsi how much the public supports our animal protection cause. And you came through for the animals: When Pepsi tallied the votes, The HSUS stood far above the rest.

"After the votes came in, I couldn't help but imagine all the dogs, cats, and horses whose lives will be spared because of the Pepsi grant," says Ann Chynoweth, senior director of The HSUS' Animal Cruelty and Fighting campaign. "I'm overwhelmed by the support of everyone who voted, and by what this means for the animals."

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Go to, scroll to the bottom of the page, click on "contact us" to voice your opinion about this grant.

Sample Veterinarian letter re AVMA Model Breeder Bill

June 22, 2010

The following link is to the sample letter to Veterinarians that Jim Effron prepared and handed out at the AKC June Legislative Caucus. It really hits on the key issues concerning the relationship between vets and pet owners. Please share this letter with your club members and encourage them to send it to their vet. Be sure to let us know at the next Legislative Caucus about any feedback from the vets!!
Patte Klecan
Delegate, Am. Bouvier des Flandres Club

Click here to download the Word document for easy editing: Dear Dr re AVMA.doc

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AVMA offers guidance for states regulating dog breeders, retailers

June 3, 2010

Schaumburg, IL - The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has developed a model bill and regulations to help states ensure the well-being of dogs bred and sold as pets but not protected by the Animal Welfare Act or similar regulations.

The AVMA Executive Board approved the model bill and regulations at its April meeting at AVMA headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill.

The documents were produced, in part, in response to state veterinary medical associations asking the AVMA for assistance in developing new legislation or deciphering pending legislation aimed at regulating dog breeders and retailers.

Since 2009, more than 100 bills have been introduced in state legislatures addressing the regulation of commercial dog kennels, shelters and animal control facilities. The bills vary widely in terms of who is covered, what is covered and their regulatory rigidity, and some contain exemptions that could undermine their sought-after benefits.

"This is an opportunity for AVMA to display leadership on an emerging animal welfare issue," said Dr. Gail Golab, director of the AVMA Animal Welfare Division. "The model bill and regulations are a comprehensive alternative to some of the less well-considered bills we are seeing around the country." Dr. Golab said that unlike some proposals, the model bill and regulations don't limit the number of dogs that can be bred or sold, prescribe who can raise or sell dogs, or use arbitrary criteria to tell people how to raise dogs. The focus is on good animal welfare outcomes, while allowing some flexibility in how these might be achieved.

"The basic philosophy underlying the bill is dogs deserve appropriate care, and it doesn't really matter where those dogs are being kept, whether they're in a shelter or a pet shop or a breeding facility," Dr. Golab said.

The "Model Bill and Regulations to Assure Appropriate Care for Dogs Intended for Use as Pets" can be viewed on the AVMA website at Background and context for the bill and regulations are available at

For more information, contact Michael San Filippo, AVMA media relations assistant, at 847-285-6687 (office), 847-732-6194 (cell).

Humane Watch "Surprised" poster appears in New York Times & Wall Street Journal

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Humane Watch poster entitled "Surprised to hear the Human Society of the United States shares less than 1 percent of your donation with local pet shelters?" appeared in the 5/17/10 New York Times and selected editions of The Wall Street Journal.

Click here to download a letter size replica of the ad:

Local Humane Societies changing names,
HSUS now on the defensive

Thursday, April 29, 2010

By Luisa Tiong

By now most people who read this blog are probably familiar with a website that has been designed almost with the sole purpose to take down the Humane Society of the United States.

The website has really put Wayne Pacelle and the rest of the HSUS staff on the defensive -- and in the process, is finding HSUS trying to dig themselves out of a hole. Meanwhile, several local humane societies -- whose name similarities are causing consumer confusion and been a fundraising windfall for HSUS - are starting to under

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AKC Emailing Clubs re support for State Federations

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The AKC is in the process of emailing dog club contacts regarding support for state federations. You can download their letter by clicking here - AKC letter. Remember, MassFed accepts individual members as well as clubs! Join today -- Click here to download a Club or Individual Membership Application

Local Humane Societies changing names,
HSUS now on the defensive

Thursday, April 29, 2010

By Luisa Tiong

By now most people who read this blog are probably familiar with a website that has been designed almost with the sole purpose to take down the Humane Society of the United States.

The website has really put Wayne Pacelle and the rest of the HSUS staff on the defensive -- and in the process, is finding HSUS trying to dig themselves out of a hole. Meanwhile, several local humane societies -- whose name similarities are causing consumer confusion and been a fundraising windfall for HSUS - are starting to under

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Dogs' Licks Could Help Find New Treatments for Rare Cancers

Thursday, April 16, 2010

By Catherine Donaldson-Evans

A dog's wet kisses could hold the key to discovering new treatments for rare forms of cancer and other diseases in human beings.

The National Cancer Institute, the American Kennel Club, pet care businesses like PetSmart and Pet Nutrition and a host of other organizations are funding the program.

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BEWARE: Don't Buy Stamps To The Rescue 2010

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The email below has started circulating:

Stamps to the Rescue 2010 Check this out...Starting April 30th you can buy stamps at the post office that help to buy food for shelter pets. You can pre-order them online. This would be a great thing to spread around. Could you please forward to your contacts?

Go to this url and you'll find Ellen DeGeneres smiling and touting "you buy the stamps. Halo buys the food for 1 million shelter pets."

At the top of the page there are links "the campaign"; "the stamps"; "adoption"

Click on the campaign link and you'll find more info and a big H$U$ LOGO.

A more research and we've found that there's a "Female Force" comic book starring Ellen and a portion of the proceeds go to H$U$ -


March 30, 2010

$10,000 Matching Gift to The Rabies Challenge Fund
Inspired by the recent San Diego Safer Pet Vaccination Seminar, two anonymous dogs are making a $10,000 matching gift to The Rabies Challenge Fund. Through the month of April, they will match every dollar donated up to $10,000. Please consider taking advantage of this generous gift to double the amount of a donation.

Tax-exempt donations can be mailed to The Rabies Challenge Fund, c/o Hemopet, 11561 Salinaz Avenue, Garden Grove, CA 92843. Credit card donations can be phoned in to Hemopet (specify they are for The Rabies Challenge Fund) by calling (714) 891-2022, ext. 13 or made with Paypal by following the instructions on our link

RHODE ISLAND -- 3 Year "Transition Policy" announced by State Vet 2/21/10
New R.I. Rabies Regulations Close to Approval, Providence Journal 2/21/10

"New rules, expected to go into effect about March 16, change the mandatory vaccination period from two to three years. In the meantime, the state veterinarian, Dr. Scott Marshall, has created a transitional policy so that pets now protected aren't reimmunized unnecessarily just because the old regulations have not yet expired. "

If you have questions about the transition policy, contact Dr. Scott Marshall at phone: (401) 222-2781 ext. 4503

VIRGINIA Passes Medical Exemption Clause
Rabies Medical Exemption Clause passed the House and Senate and has gone to Governor McDonnell for signature.

Medical Exemption Clause Legislation--HB 322 Rabies vaccination; exempts certain dogs and cats. Introduced by Delegate Kenneth R. Plum

"Animal care; rabies vaccination. Requires the Board of Health to provide, by regulation, an exemption to the requirement that an owner of a dog or cat must have his animal vaccinated for rabies if the veterinarian determines that the dog or cat has an underlying medical condition that is likely to result in a life-threatening condition in response to the vaccination. "

WEST VIRGINIA Passes 3 Year Rabies Law, but Excludes Medical Exemption Clause
Legislature Alters Rabies Vaccination Law Huntington News 3/10/10

"Effective June 13, you only have to have your dog(s) or cat(s) vaccinated against rabies every three years. West Virginia becomes the last state to adopt the three year standard. The current law requires vaccinations every other year."

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Hill's Discontinues H$US Program on Website

March 18, 2010

Below is response from Hill's Pet Nutrition to email expressing concern about their support of H$U$.

From: "Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc-CA"
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2010 1:43:08 PM
Subject: In Response To Your E-mail

Dear Valued Pet Owner,

Thank you for contacting us about your concern with our recent activity on Hill's has discontinued the program with HSUS on the website.

Hill's is committed to supporting animal welfare and leads the industry in shelter donations. Since 2002, Hill's has donated over 113 million pounds of food to over 1,100 shelters nationwide.

Please call our Consumer Affairs line with any questions at 800-445-5777. Thank you for your passion for pets.

Hill's Pet Nutrition

Dr. de Jong wins District I seat on AVMA board

March 11, 2010

Dr. John H. de Jong has been declared the winner in the race for District I representative on the AVMA Executive Board.

The small animal practitioner from Weston, Mass., defeated Dr. John G. Hynes of Staten Island, N.Y., to succeed Dr. Douglas G. Aspros, whose term expires this August.

A total of 1,451 valid votes were cast by the March 10 deadline by AVMA members in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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Barker donates $2.5 million to create PETA offices

Published: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 6:24 AM CST

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bob Barker has donated $2.5 million to help the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals open a new location in Los Angeles.

The retired game show host and spay and neuter champion will cut the ribbon Wednesday at the Bob Barker Building on Sunset Boulevard and Alvarado Street.

PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk says Barker could have just given the group a refrigerator but instead he paid for an entire building to be renovated.

The building will be home to the group's media, marketing, youth outreach and campaign departments.

The 86-year-old Barker delivered his spay and neuter message on "The Price Is Right" for a quarter century. Since he retired in June of 2008, he has taken his activism on the road, promoting freedom for whales, an end to the fur trade and other causes.

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PETA's Euthanasia Rates Have Critics Fuming

March 9, 2010

When Dawn Brancheau, a SeaWorld trainer, was killed last month by one of the park's orcas, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals was quick to condemn SeaWorld for keeping its animals constrained in small tanks. Indeed, PETA is often on hand whenever there is an incident involving animals and humans. The group is well-known for its edgy, graphic advertisements, its support for radical animal rights groups, and its throngs of celebrity supporters, from Charlize Theron to Tim Gunn.

But PETA has a lesser-known claim to fame that has critics fuming: The organization euthanizes over 90 percent of the dogs and cats relinquished to its headquarters in Norfolk, Va. In 2009, PETA euthanized 2,301 dogs and cats -- 97 percent of those brought in -- and adopted only eight, according to Virginia state figures. And the rate of these killings has been increasing. From 2004 to 2008, euthanasia at PETA increased by 10 percent.

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As states crack down on puppy mills, imports spike and so do health concerns

Mar 1, 2010
By: Rachael Whitcomb

NATIONAL REPORT - At last count, in 2006, 287,000 dogs crossed the United States' borders, and veterinary officials fear the problem is getting worse.

Consumer demand for pure-bred and cross-bred puppies coupled with strict new domestic breeding laws is believed to be driving importation numbers even higher than four years ago. To exacerbate the problem, federal regulators have no real way of tracking exactly how many dogs are brought in the country, where they come from, where they are going and whether importers are following up on vaccination requirements for underage puppies.

"One thing that really concerns veterinarians is, underage puppies come in and not only are they at greater risk of zoonotic diseases, but also other canine diseases," says Nina Marano, DVM, of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Division of Global Migration and Quarantine. "It is a concern. It's a consumer issue; it's a public health issue; it's a veterinary issue. Really, it's a moral and ethical issue."

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Federal Racketeering Lawsuit Stuns H$U$

Check out the links below to various articles:

Federal Racketeering Lawsuit

Five Minutes With David Martosko & RICO, The HSUS Dog

Barnyard brawl a-comin': Food sector lobbyists launch website aimed at the Humane Society

Will Michael Vick Pose for "Playgirl" and Donate his $1 million pay to PeTA?

Check out the link below:

New York Times ad: "Shouldn't the 'Humane Society' Do Better?

February 23, 2010 has a full page ad in the February 23, 2010 New York Times.

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Aussie Winemaker Rattled by Donation Backlash

February 18, 2010

Yellow Tail Wines donated $100,000 to the Humane Society of the United States.

In a statement to ABC News, the managing director of Casella Wines, John Casella, says the company will look to non-political groups in the future.

"Yellow Tail is committed to the plight of animals in need and as a result, we can confirm that through any future activity, we will be looking to other non-profit organizations without lobbying interests that best deliver on our intended outcome of saving animals," the statement said.

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AVMA District 1 Election - Call to Action for Veterinarians

February 5, 2010

The AVMA is holding elections for a new District 1 representative to the AVMA Executive Board.

Long time member and past president of the MVMA, Dr John de Jong is a candidate for this position.

The MVMA is in strong support of Dr. John de Jong's candidacy and representation of Massachusetts (along with Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont).

Dr. John de Jong practices small animal medicine and surgery primarily as owner of the Boston Mobile Veterinary Clinic, as partner/Chief of Staff at a five doctor hospital, and as the founding and chief surgeon of a low cost spay/neuter clinic. For five years, he has been a regular monthly talk radio guest on WRKO and he is a weekly columnist for the Boston Herald.

A 1985 graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, John has been actively involved in organized veterinary medicine since graduation. He served many positions in the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association, serving as President in 2003-2004 and on the New England Veterinary Medical Association Executive Board for seven years serving as President in 2008. He has also served as President of the American Association of Housecall Veterinarians and as Chair of the Tufts Veterinary Alumni Fund.

In the AVMA, Dr. de Jong has served in the House of Delegates since 1999 and on the House Advisory Committee from 2001-2009. He was the HAC Chair from 2005-2006. Additionally he has served on the Long Range Planning Committee, the Governance Performance Review Committee (Chair 2003-2005), and on the AVMA Political Action Committee Policy Board (Chair 2009-2010).

John will bring energy, enthusiasm, and experience to the AVMA Executive Board with a progressive approach to issues in animal welfare, legislative advocacy, education, and economic viability.

Ballots will be sent out to all members in District 1 today.

The election period will last 30 days and ends on March 10, 2010.

Please vote, it's your right and privilege!

Susan Curtis
Executive Director
Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association

Editor's Note: We understand that the HSUS is running a candidate for this position who has been inactive for many years - please bring this to your veterinarian's attention.

The USDA has announced that it is dropping NAIS!

February 10, 2010

The Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliiance emailed us that the USDA has announced that it is dropping NAIS!

This is a major victory for the grassroots!! Thank you to the thousands of people who called, wrote, organized meetings, and more. Dozens of organizations, from across the country and the full range of the political spectrum, worked together on this common cause. And we succeeded in making our voices heard.

USDA has stated that it is refocusing its efforts on "a new, flexible framework" that will apply only to animals moved in interstate commerce and encourage the use of "lower-cost" technology. During today's conference call with USDA, I asked whether the agency would continue using federal funding to pressure states to adopt the program through cooperative agreements. In response, Secretary Vilsack stated that USDA has gotten a "failing grade" on NAIS and that he does NOT intend to try to implement it through the back door.

We still have more work in front of us. As USDA develops its new framework, we must be involved and vocal, so that agribusiness does not develop yet another high-tech, big-industry boondoggle. We must be active at the state level to ensure that the state agencies do not implement unnecessary and burdensome rules. And we must work to roll back the unfair requirements that have already been implemented in Wisconsin and Michigan. Ultimately, it is up to us - as animal owners, homesteaders, farmers, ranchers, and consumers -- to build a positive vision for our farms and our food.

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Get Ready for the new 'HumaneWatch'

February 1, 2010

There's no denying it: The gargantuan Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is now the animal rights industry's richest and most powerful player. HSUS is exercising its prohibition-minded influence in every corner of America, over everything from the pets in our homes to the eggs on our plates. HSUS pursues a PETA-like agenda with a budget and seriousness that PETA itself has never been able to match... Next week will be the re-launch, and you are cordially invited to lend a hand as it grows. HumaneWatch will be a blog, a document library, a rogues' gallery, a historical resource, and more. Our Director of Research will be sharing what we know, and inviting you to do the same.

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More Troubling Signs With HSUS's Haiti Haul

January 27, 2010

The Center for Consumer Freedom writes: "We told you last week about some serious issues we had with the Humane Society of the United States' (HSUS) latest fundraising drive, which is raising money in the wake of the devastating Haiti earthquake. Today, new concerns come from a disaster expert with Humane Society International (HSI), the global arm of HSUS itself. Lloyd Brown from Wildlife Rescue of Dade County deployed with HSI to Haiti, and tells The Horse magazine that his team has determined nothing can be done at the moment to help animals there..."

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Warning to watch for Screw Worm
being imported from Haiti

January 26, 2010

The State of Washington has issued an alert to be aware of screw worm infestations in animals coming into this country from Haiti. The MVMA has not issued a warning but did send us the USDA's Screw Worm fact sheet.

Click here to download: USDA ScrewWormFactSheet

The Myth of the Humane Society of the United States

January, 2010

By: John Dillard (first year student at Richmond Law)

I recently viewed a commercial for the Humane Society of the United States. It contained footage of pets suffering from abuse. The footage of dirty cats with split ears to dogs visibly suffering from neglect and malnourishment was intended to tug at the heartstrings of anyone with half a heart. In addition to the animal footage, the commercial featured the lady from Just Shoot Me asking the viewers to commit to a $19 monthly pledge to help save these animals from abuse and neglect. The funds raised by the ad campaign would ostensibly be used to fund animal rescue efforts and animal adoption services.

For less than a dollar a day, it seems like a common sense move for a pet lover with disposable income to contribute to the HSUS. Who doesn't like the idea of an organization dedicated to rescuing animals from neglect? There is one minor detail left out of these commercials...

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AKC letter protesting Michael Vick's Nomination for Ed Block Courage Award

January 22, 2010

The AKC has sent a letter in protest of Michael Vick's Nomination for the Ed Block Courage Award. The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of neglected children and ending the cycle of abuse. The purpose is to raise Awareness and Prevention of child abuse. That objective is coupled with the Foundation's commitment to celebrating players of inspiration in the NFL.

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