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• ANIMAL WELFARE REGULATIONS: The USDA asked for comments from the public in regard to how it grants licenses under the Animal Welfare Act. To learn more and to review comments submitted, go to: AWA - Improvements

• ANIMAL FOLKS TO HOLD TRAINING FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT: Working with the Oakdale Police Department, Animal Folks will be holding training for peace officers on December 6 and for aimal control officers on December 7. This is a pilot program to gain input for future trainings throughout the state.

• ANIMAL CRUELTY TRAINING 2018: In February 2018, Animal Folks will again be holding training at the MVMA Annual Conference for veterinarians on their role in animal cruelty investigations. Learn more at: Veterinary Training 

ANIMAL FOLKS SUES MINNESOTA BOARD OF ANIMAL HEALTH

Animal Folks, in conjunction with the Animal Humane Society and Steve and Denise Sterling (property owners in and taxpayers of Cass County), sued the Minnesota Board of Animal Health for violation of the Commercial Breeders Licensing and Enforcement Law. For details: Lawsuit - BAH

• ANIMAL FOLKS TAKES LEGAL ACTIONS AGAINST USDA

Animal Folks is part of a coalition, led by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), that filed a lawsuit against the USDA for removal of animal welfare documents from the USDA website. Learn more: Lawsuit - USDA

Update: Judge dismisses lawsuit against the USDA. ALDF with coalition to appeal the decision.

• STATE: VET IMMUNITY BILL: Animal Folks MN introduced a bill at the MN Legislature to provide civil immunity to veterinarians for good faith reporting of animal cruelty. Learn more: Vet Immunity Bill

• NO MORE PUPPY MILLS CAMPAIGN: Numerous large-scale commercial dog breeding facilities still operate in Minnesota. Learn more about Minnesota puppy mills by clicking ISSUE.

• HUMANE PET STORE ORDINANCE PASSED IN ROSEVILLE:  Roseville is the first city in Minnesota to ban the pet store sale of dogs and cats from puppy and kitten mills. Learn more: Pet Stores

• VETERINARY MANUAL: Reporting Animal Cruelty. Animal Folks has created a manual to assist veterinarians in Minnesota in setting up clinic protocols to identify and report animal cruelty. A pdf version and information for a printed version are available at: Veterinary Manual.

• DATABANK: Animal Folks is conducting a statewide study of animal cruelty cases in Minnesota with volunteers from 3M Legal Affairs. We are analyzing cruelty cases from 2008 to 2016. This data will allow us to assess the type of crimes committed, species harmed, sentencing orders, and other factors which can then be used for animal law training and cruelty prevention programs.

BREEDER LICENSING: As of July 1, 2015, licensure for commercial dog and cat breeders (those who meet the definition per the Commercial Dog and Cat Breeder Law) became mandatory. Link: List of Licensees

• LEGISLATIVE SESSION: The Minnesota Legislative session convened January 3, 2017 and adjourned May 26, 2017. This is the first year of the 2-year session. Animal Folks MN was at the Capitol, advocating on behalf of animals. For a review of bills pertaining to animal issues, go to State Bills

 

 

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Animal Folks is devoted to systemic change: By partnering with authorities and other community members, Animal Folks is working to build a modern animal law enforcement system in Minnesota for the prevention of animal cruelty and improved enforcement of animal anti-cruelty laws. Animal Folks is a 501c3 nonprofit. Learn more.

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