PIJAC and a coalition of small business owners stopped a bill that would have devastated pet retailers and breeders in Virginia, and successfully lobbied state Senators to amend another bill so that it protected ethical breeders and held lawbreaking breeders accountable.
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As 2017 rolls on, PIJAC has launched two new tools to keep the industry informed as to what’s happening in the exciting world of legislative and regulatory debate.
PIJAC President and CEO Mike Bober appeared on a prominent New Jersey radio show to discuss how the responsible pet industry is being targeted by a Democratic state Senator running for governor.
On Tuesday, a coalition of New Jersey pet retailers condemned Just Pups’ frequent abuse of animals and violations of state and federal laws. As reported by The Daily Record, the six state-based businesses and the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) said that accusations against Just Pups owner Vincent Losacco was “are extremely disturbing” and that Losacco and others who abuse animals “do not reflect the true pet-retailer industry, which cares both for and about pets, and aims to provide pets loving homes.”
The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) is responding to a major policy change by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week to remove inspection reports and other documents including personal information, such as “regulatory correspondence, research facility annual reports, and enforcement records that have not received final adjudication” from their website.
The U.S. pet industry is paws down--and fins, claws, scales, and wings down--an important and significant contributor to the U.S economy as evidenced by the findings of a recently announced study at the Pet Industry Leadership Conference on the economic impact of the U.S. pet industry.
TRENTON - "Singleton has said the registry would act as a deterrent against animal abuse, and would also help animal organizations screen prospective employees or individuals looking to adopt animals." from Burlington County Times
From January 30 to February 2, PIJAC and hundreds of other leading groups and individuals will gather at the second annual Pet Industry Leadership Conference (PILC) in Laguna Beach, California, to arm the pet industry for a successful 2017.
GROVE CITY - "That decision came just days after Gov. John Kasich signed a law that will override the source of the confrontation — a new Grove City law that would have restricted where the national pet store chain's Grove City store could purchase its dogs. The Grove City law was set to become effective Sunday." - Columbus Dispatch