Dog breeders who sell puppies online will now need to be licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) according to a new rule. Up until now, only breeders selling wholesale were required to be USDA-licensed. This meant that just a handful of Michigan breeders qualified. The rest have been “under the radar” as far as conditions in their breeding facilities, with no inspections and no way for the puppy-buying public to be assured that conditions inside were humane. Read more →
Even though summer is nearly over, Keep Michigan Wolves Protected volunteers are still out collecting signatures to ensure that protection is restored to Michigan’s fragile wolf population. If you love wolves and have some time to spare, consider helping out at one of this week’s signature gathering opportunities below.
Table at Wayne State University from 9/9 to 9/13
Fall brings action in the state legislature, so watch for movement on Michigan animal legislation. Highlighted bills need calls now. It’s very easy to make a difference. Just contact your representative by phone or email, asking him or her to vote for or against a specific bill. Since so few people actually contact their representatives, your call can speak for many! Find your State Senator HERE! Find your State Representative HERE! Contact Governor Rick Snyder at 517-373-3400
Questions? Call MPAW at 888-735-5806.
TAKE ACTION TODAY! SB354 will be up for a vote in the Michigan Senate very soon. This bill would ban the use of gas chambers for euthanizing dogs and cats in municipal animal shelters. There are still a few shelters in Michigan that end animals’ lives in this way, and this bill could stop that practice. Gas chambers are no longer recommended by the American Veterinary Medical Association as a humane method of death for dogs and cats in shelters. Euthanasia by injection is now preferred, and in fact, practiced in the majority of Michigan animal shelters.
It’s easy to contact your Senator: visit the Michigan State Senate website. Then call or email your Senator. Simply say that you are a registered voter in the Senator’s district, and politely request them to vote your way (support or oppose). You can also add a short comment on why you think SB354 is important for animals, animal shelters, and pet owners.
If SB354 passes the Senate, it will then move on to the House. The bill is sponsored by Senator Rick Jones (R-Allegan, Barry & Eaton Counties), who is a frequent sponsor of animal legislation.
The Michigan Legislature is in summer recess. It is therefore unlikely that any of the animal legislation below will be voted on over the summer, although some bills may get hearings. However, one bill that could use help now is HB4300, the Primate Ownership Ban (see below). A quick call to your State Representative could encourage lawmakers to give it a vote when summer break is over. The Senate and House will hold special sessions a couple of days in August. The House and Senate will be back in session on September 3rd.
Questions? Call MPAW at 888-735-5806.
Contact Governor Rick Snyder at 517-373-3400
SB = Senate Bill HB = House Bill
HB4300: Primate Ownership Ban
CALLS NEEDED NOW! This bill passed out of committee and is waiting being taken up for a vote on the House floor in September. Calls are needed in August to your state representative in order for this bill to be taken up! Find your State Representative HERE! Read more →
State Rep. Santana and Senator Bieda addressed the Judiciary Committee in a hearing Tuesday, July 30, regarding Senate Bills 377 and 378, aka “Logan’s Law,” which purposes an animal abuse registery for the state of Michigan. Senator Bieda mentioned how animal abuse is often a precursor to human abuse. State Rep. Santana indicated that because of the push back from several state agencies, it has been realized that the animal abuse registry overseen by MDARD would not be the most effective route to protect animals. By using ICHAT (Internet Criminal History Access Tool) and waiving the $10 search fee for animal shelters recognized by the MDA (Michigan Department of Agriculture), they can get to the same place using a more effective process. They are working on a new set of substitute bills that will not be ready until the fall session. Senator Jones, the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, reiterated the animal to human abuse correlation referencing serial-killers Lucas and Dahmer. All agree that ICHAT seems to be a step in the right direction in order to protect animals and thereby protecting the community as a whole.
Senate Bill #386, regarding stricter penalties for people convicted of animal abuse violations, was not discussed.
SB377 and 378, the animal abuse registry bills also known as Logan’s Law, sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Bieda, will have a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, July 30 at 10 a.m. in Rm. 110 of the Farnum Building, 125 W. Allegan St., Lansing, 48933. To sign up to testify, contact: Lauren Michalak (373-5323), Committee Clerk. Read more →
The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) attended the two-day hearing in Detroit this week of the alleged violations of the Animal Welfare Act by R&R Research, a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Class B animal dealer located in Howard City, Michigan. R&R Research acquires pets from at least one Michigan animal shelter, from other dealers, and from the public, and sells them to university laboratories for research. R&R is one of the last remaining Class B dealers operating in the U.S. Read more →
NEW! HB4850 & HB4851: Puppy Protection Act
Introduced by Rep. Barnett and Rep. Roberts on 6/19/13, the tie-barred bills would require large-scale commercial dog breeding kennels with more than 15 adult intact female dogs to register with the Michigan Department of Agriculture, pay a $500 annual fee, and comply with care and housing regulations. The bills include a cap of 50 adult intact females. These bills mirror those introduced in the Senate that were developed by the Michigan Humane Society. They are awaiting a hearing in the House Regulatory Reform Committee.