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Humane pet store ordinance passed in City of Roseville!  

Roseville is the first city in Minnesota to ban the pet store sale of dogs and cats from puppy and kitten mills. Thank you to the Roseville City Council and Roseville residents. Animal Folks MN worked closely with the community, AHS and HSUS to achieve this victory for the animals! More: Pet Stores


News, Action, and Updates

ANIMAL FOLKS JOINS LAWSUIT AGAINST USDA: On February 22, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed a lawsuit against the USDA for removal of animal welfare documents, including inspection reports, from the APHIS website. Animal Folks is a plaintiff in this lawsuit. More: Go to NEWS.

STATE: VET IMMUNITY BILL: Working with veterinarians and bill authors Rep. Smith and Sen. Housley, 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

• LEGISLATIVE SESSION: The Minnesota Legislative session started January 3. Animal Folks MN is at the Capitol, advocating on behalf of animals. Please donate today and support our work. 

• 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.

• ANIMAL CRUELTY TRAINING 2017: On February 22 and 23, 2017, Animal Folks held training at the MVMA Annual Conference for veterinarians on their role in animal cruelty investigations. Learn more at: Veterinary Training 

• 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.

• BREEDERS - WINONA COUNTY: In 2016, AF presented data to Winona County Commissioners during their dscussion of local permitting of multiple dog breeders. Request made for moratorium on further permitting to allow county to study issue; did not pass. For "breeder" report, go to: News-archived  

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





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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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