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Glendale, California Proposes Ban on Dog and Cat Sales

Who: Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS)
Where: Cohasset, MA When: Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Glendale, California City Council proposes ban on sale of dogs and cats in pet stores.

The "Every Pet Deserves A Home" Pet Adoption Program

Publication/Event date: 2011-08-16

Publication name: Marketwire

URL for more info: http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/-1550102.htm

Summary:
TORONTO, ONTARIO--PJ's Pets and Pets Unlimited have announced that they will no longer sell puppies in any of their stores. As of September 1st, their focus will be to support pet adoption services in an effort to find homes for thousands of pets in local SPCA's, Humane Societies, rescue groups and shelters across the country.

To create awareness, the companies are launching the "Every Pet Deserves A Home Program". The mission of the program is to help increase the visibility of pet adoption agencies within local communities by offering them space within their stores to educate people about participating organizations and the pets they have available for adoption.
"More than two million pet lovers visit our stores every year. We recognized that we can provide a significantly positive effect on local pet communities by working with adoption agencies to help them find homes for their pets," said John Jules, President and CEO. "We chose to stop selling puppies and turn our focus on the new adoption program. This decision allows us to create the welcoming space within our stores needed for adoption agencies and customers to connect."

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The Companion Animal Protection Society and animal rights activists protest Lancaster City Council Hearing tonight on ordinance to permit horse driven carriages.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRLog (Press Release) – May 24, 2011 – Companion Animal Protection Society

Who: Companion Animal Protection Society (www.caps-web.org)
Contact: Carole Raphaelle Davis, West Coast Director, CAPS 310-990-5758

WHAT: West Coast office of CAPS and L.A. animal rights activists going to Lancaster City Council hearing to protest Ordinance No. 965, adopting Chapter 5.54 of the Lancaster ordinance to permit Horse-Drawn Vehicles. Animal rights activists will be joining CAPS to demand that this type of animal cruelty not be allowed in Lancaster.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 24th at 5 PM

WHERE: Lancaster City Hall
44933 N. Fern Avenue 
Lancaster CA 93534

“This is 2011, not 1911 and we do not use animals as beasts of burden in the civilized world. Has the City of Lancaster forgotten that we had an industrial revolution? London, Paris, Beijing, Toronto, Santa Fe, Key West and Las Vegas have all banned this cruel industry. This form of  so-called entertainment is exploitative and humane standards of care are impossible to enforce. The average working life of a carriage horse on the streets is under four years compared to a police horse whose working life is about 14 years. The animal protection community will not tolerate this form of abuse and Lancaster can expect an effective protest campaign in their city to put a stop to it if we have to.” ---Carole Raphaelle Davis, West coast Director, Companion Animal Protection Society

Media contact: Carole Davis, CAPS 310-990-5758
WHO: Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), www.caps-web.org
WHAT:
CAPS is conducting a silent march for puppy mill awareness -- a boycott of Barkworks, a pet store chain that sells dogs from inhumane commercial breeding facilities in the Midwest. Protests have been obstructed by the Mall, which has placed limits on constitutionally protected free speech.
WHEN:
Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 11AM A press conference will be held after march at 12:15 PM outside mall on Pico Blvd sidewalk.
WHERE:
Barkworks, 10800 West Pico Blvd., Westside Pavilion, 3rd floor, Los Angeles, CA 90064 See the full press release at: CAPS' Christmas March Against Barkworks for Selling Sick Puppy Mill Dogs
** PLEASE SUPPORT AB 2743 **

- THIS IMPORTANT BILL WILL PROHIBIT CALIFORNIA LANDLORDS FROM REQUIRING TENANTS TO DECLAW THEIR CATS OR DEBARK THEIR DOGS

For a sample letter and more information on the bill, you can  visit the Paw  Project website at: http://www.pawproject.com/html/what.asp

Please write before Senate floor vote which could be as early as June 21. This bill is needed, not only in California, but also to set precedence in other states where it is a VERY Common requirement  to rent an apartment  to require new tenants to have their cats declawed on 2 or all 4 paws or debark their dogs. We are lucky in California that this bill is supported by the Apartment Association. If you are a landlord , please specify that in your letter. Everyone's letters and efforts will really help.

This bill was doing really well. It passed in the California Assembly with a 63-7 vote but last week  the California Veterinary Medical Association  raised their efforts to block the passing of this bill by using $$$$$ and lobbyists,  The measure narrowly passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with a 3-2 vote, and could be voted on by the full Senate as early as the week of June 21. This Monday.
The full text of AB 2743 is available at this link: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/09-10/bill/asm/ab_2701-2750/ab_2743_bill_20100607_amended_sen_v95.pdf

PLEASE write letters to state senators (find your senator at: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html)

YOUR SUPPORT will be helpful because the California Veterinary  Medical Association is lobbying very hard to kill the bill. CVMA is making the rounds of legislators¹ offices and making its views known to the Governor. It  has also sent out an alert to its members stating that it is "strongly opposed" to the bill and urging its members to send letters of opposition to their state  senators and to the Governor.

The CVMA is powerful because many legislators automatically support  the position held by a trade or business association. Therefore, letters coming in from across the state strongly in support of the law will be necessary. Please inform as many people and rescue groups as  possible.

Thank You!!!!!

CAPS Communication to the USDA and APHIS

To:
Dr. Chester A. Gipson
Deputy Administrator- Animal Care
United States Department of Agriculture
&
...Dr. Gerald Rushin
Veterinary Medical Officer
United States Department of Agriculture

From:
Ed Green and Dave Ross
Crowell & Moring LLP


Excerpt:
On behalf of the Companion Animal Protection Society ("CAPS") and Ms. Howard, we wanted to take a moment to congratulate USDA and APHIS for planning to provide more accessible Animal Welfare Act enforcement information to the public on a regular and systematic basis. CAPS welcomes the increased transparency and enhanced enforcement effort described during the May 20, 2010 Animal Care Stakeholder Update meeting and in Administrator Smith's April 29, 2010 press release (enclosed). Quite frankly, these developments are long overdue... 

Attachments:

Letter to APHIS (PDF)
Inspection Requirements (April 19, 2010) (PDF)
Inspection Requirments Attachments (Checklist for Animal Care Inspection Report) (PDF)
USDA - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Animal Care Program Inspections of Problematic Dealers

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Article: USDA fails to crack down on puppy mills
By: Mary Clare Jalonick (AP)
Who: Associated Press
URL for more info: USDA fails to crack down on puppy mills

Excerpt:
WASHINGTON — An internal government report says dogs are dying and living in horrific conditions due to lax government enforcement of large kennels known as puppy mills.

Investigators say the Department of Agriculture agency in charge of enforcing the Animal Welfare Act often ignores repeat violations, waives penalties and doesn't adequately document inhumane treatment of dogs. In one case cited by the department's inspector general, 27 dogs died at an Oklahoma breeding facility after inspectors had visited the facility several times and cited it for violations...

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