In late November, the city council in Welland, a small city in southern Ontario not far from Niagara Falls, approved a bylaw to regulate pet stores in the city that sell dogs, cats and rabbits.
As an organization, one of PIJAC’s main tenets is to promote responsible pet ownership, including snakes. We therefore denounce the Discovery channel’s mistreatment of animals for the purpose of ratings as irresponsible, exploitative and insulting to those who raise and care for constrictors.
In getting up to speed on all of the issues around responsible reptile ownership, I am lucky to have as my teachers leading reptile specialists right here in the PIJAC family. When it comes to reptiles, one such authority is John Mack, founder and CEO of Reptiles by Mack and one of the world’s leading experts on breeding and keeping reptiles.
With the 2014 midterm elections in the rear-view mirror, it's time to look ahead and prepare for how these elections may impact animal welfare, pet-choice, responsible pet ownership, and responsible pet businesses across the country in the coming months.
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Let me briefly outline PIJAC’s position and explain why we believe microchipping is in the best interests of pets, their owners and the pet industry. It is also important to know that we are asking the Committee to consider amendments that take into account specific concerns we raised in expressing our support for the bill.
A recent editorial in the Sacramento Bee (“A Dangerous Dogs Act of 2015?” Nov. 8) called on the California State Assembly to propose a law to allow cities and counties to restrict specific dog breeds “up to and including outright bans.” People should absolutely be safe from harm and protected from violent animals. However, this is an issue that deserves to be addressed thoughtfully, rather than with knee-jerk legislation.
From the moment I walked onto the show floor at Aquatic Experience on Saturday morning, I found myself surrounded by excited families with smiling children marveling at all of the exhibits. It’s no wonder considering it was a bustling hall featuring everything for the aquatics enthusiast.
It’s no coincidence that, in new advertising campaigns for Budweiser and Discover, pets –- a yellow lab in the case of a responsible-drinking commercial by Anheuser-Busch, a frog for Discover –-head the cast.
We already know that pets benefit human health and enhance our quality of life at all stages. People living with pets report less stress and a greater sense of wellbeing. Research has shown that having pets in society results in an overall decrease in health care costs....
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