February 21, 2012








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Member Benefits Unleashed

Free Educational Seminars for Exhibitors at Global Pet Expo

UPS Freight Can Help You Save Money


PIJAC Alerts

OREGON PROPOSES RESTRICTIONS ON GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FISH

MARYLAND TO CREATE ANIMAL ABUSE REGISTRY

HAWAII BREEDER BILL BANS POSSESSION OF MORE THAN 30 DOGS

VIRGINIA WILD ANIMAL BILL ON SENATE COMMITTEE AGENDA

OKLAHOMA PET BREEDERS BOARD TO BECOME INDEPENDENT

WEST VIRGINIA TO RAISE PET FOOD PERMIT FEES TO SUPPORT SPAY NEUTER ASSISTANCE FUND

UPDATE: MARYLAND RETAIL PET STORE WARRANTY BILL AMENDED

“EXOTIC ANIMAL AND REPTILE CONTROL & REGULATION ACT” CONSIDERED IN SOUTH CAROLINA

DANE COUNTY, WISCONSIN CONSIDERING ORDINANCE TO BAN POSSESSION OR SALE OF LIVE EXOTIC ANIMALS


In the Media

Boeuf Bourguignon Again? Pet Foods Go Gourmet

Raw Food for Dogs: A Risk or a Cure-All?

An executive's best friend


Survey Says!..

The Most Popular Place for Dogs to Sleep at Night is in a Person’s Bed


Member Benefits Unleashed:

Free Educational Seminars for Exhibitors at Global Pet Expo

Global Pet Expo offers free educational seminars to exhibitors. Take advantage of these resources and schedule an appointment to meet with your APPA service providers.

· One-on-one consultations with APPA Service Providers

· U.S. Pet Market Outlook 2012-2013

· Import Compliance Update Post 9/11

· APPA National Pet Market Opportunity Study – DEBUT!

· INCOterms 2012 Update

· New Member Welcome

Click here for more information and to register.

 

UPS Freight Can Help You Save Money

Thinking about new sources of efficiency and savings for your business in 2012? Think logistics. UPS Freight has a broad array of reliable services with customized LTL freight discounts for APPA Members to save you money. Click here to learn more and enroll online.

 

PIJAC Alerts:

OREGON PROPOSES RESTRICTIONS ON GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FISH

Oregon House Bill 4060 bans the importation of genetically engineered fish and prohibits farming, cultivation or incubation of genetically engineered fish in any body of water in the state. It also forbids the release or attempt to release genetically engineered fish into any body of water in Oregon. This bill was heard by the House Energy, Environment & Water Committee on February 9th where it remains awaiting further action.

To see the full PetAlert, click here

 

MARYLAND TO CREATE ANIMAL ABUSE REGISTRY

Senate Bill 301 establishes the Maryland Animal Abuse Registry and requires a person convicted of crimes involving animal cruelty to register with the county sheriff within a certain period of time after the conviction. The bill requires pet stores, breeders and animal shelters to determine whether a person seeking to purchase or adopt an animal appears on the Registry, and prohibits these entities from knowingly offering, selling, delivering, giving, or providing an animal to a person registered on the Registry. A hearing has been set on this bill in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on February 22nd.

To see the full PetAlert, click here.

 

HAWAII BREEDER BILL BANS POSSESSION OF MORE THAN 30 DOGS

Legislation to regulate everyone in Hawaii owning (or having custody or control of) more than 10 dogs would impose specified standards of care, create recordkeeping requirements and prohibit the ownership or custody of more than 30 intact dogs over six months of age. Although the bill’s preamble claims the measure is targeting “large-scale breeding facilities” the legislation actually encompasses every person having a minimum number of dogs, whether or not such dogs are bred.

To see the full PetAlert, click here.

 

VIRGINIA WILD ANIMAL BILL ON SENATE COMMITTEE AGENDA

Legislation to prohibit ownership of specified species characterized as “dangerous wild animals” in Virginia was carried over to 2013 in the House of Delegates, and a Senate version of the bill has now been scheduled for a hearing in the Committee Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources. However, the office of Senate sponsor Louise L. Lucas (D-18) has announced that the Senator will move that SB 477 be tabled at Thursday’s hearing.

To see the full PetAlert, click here.

 

OKLAHOMA PET BREEDERS BOARD TO BECOME INDEPENDENT

Companion legislation that was introduced in the Oklahoma State Legislature would free the Board of Commercial Pet Breeders from the oversight to which it is currently subject. Existing law places the Board “under the authority of the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.” If House Bill 2716 or Senate Bill 1295 is passed then the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners would no longer have that charge. This legislation also makes additional changes to current law affecting enforcement authority under the Pet Breeders statute.

To see the full PetAlert, click here.

 

WEST VIRGINIA TO RAISE PET FOOD PERMIT FEES TO SUPPORT SPAY NEUTER ASSISTANCE FUND

Senate Bill 479 creates the Spay Neuter Assistance Fund and proposes to fund this program by raising feed permit fees on large package pet food over 10 pounds and on commercial feed under 10 pounds. SB 479 was heard in the Senate Agriculture Committee on Monday, February 13, 2012.

To see the full PetAlert, click here.

 

UPDATE: MARYLAND RETAIL PET STORE WARRANTY BILL AMENDED

House Bill 131, which would establish a pet warranty law in Maryland, was amended and passed by the House Economic Matters Committee. That bill is now on the verge of final adoption by the full House of Delegates. The Companion Senate bill (SB 317) has now been scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee as well. At this time, no amendments have been made to that bill. PIJAC URGES IMMEDIATE ACTION ON THIS LEGISLATION!

To see the full PetAlert, click here.

 

“EXOTIC ANIMAL AND REPTILE CONTROL & REGULATION ACT” CONSIDERED IN SOUTH CAROLINA

Senate Bill 1204 prohibits ownership or possession of animals listed as “exotic” unless a person owns the animal prior to the enactment of this bill (the bill sets date as July 1, 2012). Therefore, this bill bans the acquisition of these animals after July 1, 2012. Separate, specific regulations for reptiles, such as venomous reptiles, large constricting snakes and crocodilians, are provided in the bill. SB 1204 covers permit obligations, cage requirements, inspections, transport regulations and more.

To see the full PetAlert, click here.

 

DANE COUNTY, WISCONSIN CONSIDERING ORDINANCE TO BAN POSSESSION OR SALE OF LIVE EXOTIC ANIMALS

The Dane County Board of Supervisors has issued an amendment to the county code of ordinances prohibiting the possession and sale of exotic animals. This ordinance amendment does NOT provide a specific list of these animals. The proposal has been referred to four Board of Supervisor committees and awaits further action.

To see the full PetAlert, click here.

 

In the Media:

Boeuf Bourguignon Again? Pet Foods Go Gourmet

“It is now considered socially acceptable to treat pets as members of the family and to express that by spending lavishly on them, especially when it comes to food,” said David Lummis, the senior pet-industry analyst for Packaged Facts, a market research company.

(NY Times)

 

Raw Food for Dogs: A Risk or a Cure-All?

Raw dog diets aren’t a new concept (many dogs were fed uncooked meat before kibble was introduced in the 1950s), but the raw foodist niche in the pet-care industry is a relatively recent development. And some veterinarians are skeptical.

(NY Times)

 

An executive's best friend

It's not a Blackberry or a personal assistant. It's good old Fido. For years, Fortune has photographed execs and their canine companions. Here are 23 pets and their owners who have graced the pages of our magazine over the past two decades.

(CNN Money)

 

Survey Says!..:

The Most Popular Place for Dogs to Sleep at Night is in a Person’s Bed

Three-quarters of dog owners keep their dog inside at night. The most popular place for pooches to poop out: in a person’s bed. Forty-five percent of dogs sleep in a person’s bed at night, with most owners reporting that their dog sleeps in an adult’s bed (42%), especially small dogs (56%). Only 8% sleep with children and 1% now sleep on a therapeutic/heated/cooled dog bed (or about 700,000 total dogs).

One-quarter of dogs sleep on either a regular dog bed or on a couch/chair at night, and one-third, especially large dogs, sleep on the ground/floor/blanket at night. One-out-of-ten dogs sleep in a kennel/cage, dog house or a pad/mattress at night.

Where does your dog like to sleep at night? Visit us on Facebook and tell us where your canine likes to crash!

To learn more about the new APPA 2011-2012 National Pet Owners Survey, click here.


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