Since the abrupt removal of breeder inspection information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) website, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) and the pet industry have been scrambling to determine what its impact will be on the pet trade and what information the USDA will ultimately be providing to the public. In order to express industry concerns and to clarify USDA’s anticipated path forward, PIJAC met with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) leadership in Washington, DC.
Pet Alerts & Issue Updates
Issue Updates are brief summaries that replace the legalese found commonly in legislative summaries. These will keep you informed of legislative and regulatory issues important to you.
UPDATE: On January 19, 2017 SB 799 was withdrawn from further consideration by its sponsor.
The Center for Biological Diversity is suing to get the “Declared Value of Wildlife” and “Foreign Importer/Exporter” information on all animals imported into the United States. The Fish and Wildlife Service is taking comments from affected parties until December 16th on whether or not to release the information. We need those impacted to send comments. Although the issue at hand is similar, this is a different lawsuit than Humane Society Int’l v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife.
Humane Society International is suing to get the “Declared Value of Wildlife” and “Foreign Importer/Exporter” information on all animals imported into the United States. The Fish and Wildlife Service is taking comments from affected parties until November 22nd on whether or not to release the information. We need those impacted to send comments to the FWS on this matter before the deadline.
Alert: Ask the Suffolk County Executive Not to Sign Newly-Adopted Pet Dealer Law Amendments!
On October 5th, the Suffolk County Legislature unanimously adopted Introductory Resolution No. 1761...
On October 5th, the Suffolk County Legislature unanimously adopted Introductory Resolution No. 1761, which amends the Pet Dealer Law it passed in 2014 (Local Law 16-2014).
IR-1761 shall take effect...
Your right to purchase the perfect pet for your family is in jeopardy. The Cambridge City Council is trying to ban the sale of most household pets, including birds, hamsters and turtles, in the city.
08/31/2016 UPDATE - Hearing scheduled for Thursday, September 15th with the Ordinance Committee at 3:00p.m.
UPDATE: As of Tuesday, August 23, 2016 the USDA/APHIS Animal Care Database is back online. Click Here for access.
Citing a need to better prepare for cybersecurity threats, the USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) announced today that its Animal Care Search Tool would be unavailable from Friday, August 12th until Tuesday, August 23rd.
11/10/2016 UPDATE: S. 63 has moved again and is now scheduled for a hearing and vote by the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee on Monday, November 14th at 2 PM in Room 9 of the State House Annex in Trenton. We need as many people as possible to attend and voice their opposition to this ban on responsible pet sales.