The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2008 issued a rule to ban the use of anticoagulent poisons in residential settings, claiming safety concerns for children, pets, and wildlife. However, as many manufacturers have phased out anticoagulants, bromethalin, the new toxin of choice has NO ANTIDOTE and its presence in pets can only be detected by necropsy. Manufacturers of the rodenticide brand d-Con have refused to comply with the new EPA standards, continuing to use an anticoagulant as its active ingredient. The Pet Poison Helpline and d-Con both cite the dangers of using a toxin with no known antidote as reason for the EPA to revisit the 2008 regulation standards. READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE.
MAPBD has once again been invited to have a booth at the upcoming Detroit Kennel Club shows, Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3, 2013, at Cobo Hall in Detroit, MI. This is a great opportunity for you to find out the current canine legislative issues in Michigan, have your dog law questions expertly answered by MAPBD Board Members, pick up information and brochures, and consider joining MAPBD if you are not already a member. We hope to see you there.
|Dr. Al Stinson and the Michigan Association for Pure Bred Dogs
Honored with Bebout Award
The American Kennel Club announced that Al W. Stinson, DVM, and the Michigan Association for Pure Bred Dogs have been named the Second Quarter 2011 recipient of the Walter Bebout Memorial Award for Leadership in Canine Legislation.
|Dr. Christopher Brown, MRCVS, DVM, Dean of Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine (left), presents an award for “Service and Dedication to Advancing Canine Research” to MAPBD Director of Legislation Dr. Al Stinson.
Named for the late Director of the AKC Government Relations Department, the “Bebout Award” recognizes those federations and owner/breeder organizations that have been actively involved in educating legislators about responsible dog ownership issues and have worked to preserve the rights of responsible owners and breeders. Winners of the Bebout award are announced quarterly and the organization receives a $1,000 donation to help offset the costs associated with their legislative efforts.
The Michigan Association for Pure Bred Dogs (MAPBD) is a volunteer organization that has promoted responsible dog ownership in Michigan for more than 45 years. Its membership includes 151 dog clubs, as well as individual members.
“MAPBD would like to single out the 30+ years of contributions and leadership in the area of canine legislation by Dr. Al Stinson. There is no finer example of effective, consistent, tireless volunteer advocacy leadership for animal welfare in general, and purebred dogs in particular,” said Jim Irvine, MAPBD’s former president and director.
Among his many accomplishments, Dr Stinson:
- Has served as the MAPBD Director of Legislative Affairs for more than 30 years.
- Worked to defeat numerous bills that would have restricted the rights of responsible dog owners.
- Meets regularly with State Senators and Representatives and is frequently asked his opinion on bills before each chamber.
- Regularly attends and frequently testifies at Michigan Senate and House Agriculture, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation, and Judiciary Committee hearings.
- Tracks and monitors Michigan legislation on the topics of dogs, dog ownership, and hunting with dogs; prepares MAPBD position papers on key bills; and presents legislative updates at MAPBD meetings.
- Serves on the Michigan Veterinary Association Legislative Advisory Committee.
- Co-founded and served as the first Executive Director of the Michigan State University (MSU) Purebred Dog Endowment Fund, which is now funded with more than $1.5 million for canine health research.
- Served on the MSU Pavilion Design Committee, which serves as a premier Michigan show site for AKC events.
- Bred and exhibited Labrador Retrievers and donated many of his dogs to the Leader Dog School for the Blind in Rochester, MI for both service dogs and breeding stock.
- Co-founded the Michigan Hunting Dog Federation.
- Served on the Michigan Department of Agriculture Companion Animal Advisory Committee.
- Hosted public seminars on canine legislation.
“Because of Dr. Stinson’s veterinary background and encyclopedic knowledge of Michigan animal laws, many of our legislators specifically seek him out for advice,” Irvine said. “Our legislators consider Dr. Stinson’s advice to be invaluable. His willingness to give them accurate information on various topics fosters a level of cooperation that helps MAPBD keep Michigan a dog-friendly state.”
In addition to Dr. Stinson’s activities, MAPBD members:
- Maintain ongoing contact with local and state government officials and provide reports at MAPBD meetings.
- Provide support and resources to local dog owners who oppose restrictive dog laws in Michigan communities.
- Host information booths at a minimum of six dog shows per year.
- Participate in and host a booth at “Sportsmen’s Day at the Capitol.”
- Hold monthly meetings that are open the public. The Annual Meeting features a speaker or expert panel on legislative topics.
- Produce and distribute free educational brochures and maintain an informative federation website.
- Serve as speakers for various community service organizations and dog clubs.
Shanghai’s pet dog population is estimated at 800,000 although only a quarter of that number are registered (licensed) with the government. As dog ownership becomes more popular the number of stray and abandoned dogs has increased. But from May 15, 2011 there will be an implementation of a “one dog under one roof policy” which lowers the price for dog ownership but limits the number of dogs within one family in an effort to crackdown on unregistered animals. All licensed dogs must have mandatory microchips and vaccinations. After the Chinese Cultural Revolution, most dogs were destroyed and today, when there have been rabies outbreaks the government has ordered the destruction of all dogs in the affected areas, even those that have been vaccinated. In the past few years, formal dog shows have been held and kennel clubs have been established to service a growing interest in purebred dogs. There is no information in the article how this new mandate will impact purebred dog events, Read the article and view the video.
Alaskan Congressman Don Young refused an award this evening from The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Humane Society Legislative Fund that would have honored his work for animals in 2010. While capitalizing on the good work of local humane societies that shelter, spay, and neuter animals, the HSUS does not own, operate, or directly control a single animal shelter in our country, despite a budget of well over $100 million.
“HSUS are hypocrites, plain and simple, and I will not join them by accepting this award,” said Rep. Young. “Local animal shelters and humane societies do excellent work by caring for neglected and homeless animals, and through their spaying and neutering programs. This organization, however, has absolutely nothing to do with animal welfare. Instead they prey on the emotions of big-hearted Americans. They flash images of abused animals on our television screens to raise money that will eventually go to pay their salaries and pensions, not to helping better the lives of these animals. They run anti-hunting and anti-trapping campaigns and are of the same cloth as PETA and other extremist organizations. I can only guess that I was to receive this award due to my support of the Wildlife Without Borders program, which develops wildlife management and conservation efforts to maintain global species diversity. That program is true conservation; what this group wants is preservation. To accept this award would be supporting their manipulative ways and misguided agenda, and I want no part of that.”
The Congressman had given permission for anyone to forward and distribute this statement.
Rochester Hills originally considered a ban on pit bulls in March 2010. After much research and debate, city council unanimously passed a breed neutral dangerous dog ordinance on 3-21-11. Please send thanks to the council for choosing to target irresponsible owners of ALL breeds.
Ordinance No. 561: Amend Articles I and II of Chapter 14 – Regulations concerning the control and care of animals and dogs.
“No dog shall be found to be a dangerous dog solely because it is a particular breed, nor is the ownership of a particular breed of dog prohibited.”
The Animal Law Section of the Michigan Bar Association will be holding an Animal Law Symposium in Lansing, MI on April 21, 2011. This educational event is very reasonably priced. It is not limited to attorneys, but open to the general public, as well.
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2011 Animal Law Symposium
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2011
Time: 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Location:Thomas M. Cooley Law School Temple Building, Sixth Floor Auditorium
217 South Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933
Register: Online or by Mail/Fax Form
Registration fees on or before April 18, 2011:
$25 attorneys, paralegals, and members of the general public
$15 law students
Registration fees after April 18, 2011 and on-site:
$35 attorneys, paralegals, and members of the general public
$25 law students
The Animal Law Section invites all who work with animals or advocate for them to attend.
||Registration, Networking, and Light Buffet Lunch
||Welcome and ALS Update
Anna Scott, The Scott Law Firm, P.L.L.C.
Mary Chartier, Alane & Chartier, P.L.C.
||Pet Trusts—Who Loves You Baby!
Suzanne M. Dugas, J.D., L.L.M., Law Office of Dugas & Associates
||Animal Hoarding— A Look Inside Some of Michigan’s Most Extreme Cases
James Schmier, Law Offices of James G. Schmier, P.L.L.C.
||Trends in Breed Specific Legislation
Virginia C. Thomas, Wayne State University School of Law
||Opening and Operating an Animal-Related Business – Trials, Tribulations, & Tips
Ann Andrews and Angela Brown, Owners of AnnaBelle’s Pet Station
||Local Advocacy Makes a Difference – Effective Advocacy for Ordinance Changes
Tom Yeadon, Assistant East Lansing City Attorney
||A Kindergartener’s Right to Her Service Dog – A Success Story
Gayle Rosen, University of Michigan Student Legal Services
||Prosecuting Crimes Involving Animals – Dog Fighting and More
Jeff Cruz, Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office
Materials will be available after the seminar if you are unable to attend.
Questions? Please contact Anna Scott at email@example.com, (517) 663-7909, or
Mary Chartier at firstname.lastname@example.org, (517) 482-2000
PETA, known world wide as the “paint throwing, take your clothes off, do anything for attention” animal rights organization, has shifted its strategy. They now say they plan on working more on the inside of what they call inhumane organizations such as infiltrating the fur industry and “educating them”.
At the recent New York Fashion week, instead of their usual tactics of paint and picketing, PETA threw a party for people in the fashion industry. The party included a video about rabbit and fox slaughter narrated by Chief Creative Officer of Liz Claiborne, Inc and “Project Runway” personality Tim Gunn
Gunn said that the party “was like a big group hug.” We’re sure it was.
3/17/11. U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
The editorial board of the Dubuque, Iowa Telegraph Herald on 3/20/11 took a position against breed-specific bans.
Many communities have vicious-dog ordinances that focus on the behavior of the dog, not the breed. That’s the kind of policy that makes sense. Raising dogs is a little like raising children. How they turn out depends a lot on the adults in their lives. One can’t judge by breeding alone. The responsibility lies with pet owners.
Breed bans unduly punish those good dog owners who happen to own a pit bull or Rottweiler, but who put in the time and effort to train their dogs to behave appropriately. If there is a specific animal that is dangerous, officials should address the situation. This issue is best dealt with on a case-by-case — or dog-by-dog — basis. Telegraph Herald Editorial.