Victory! USDA Will Not Recognize Third-Party Inspections and Certifications
The American Kennel Club (AKC) applauds the decision announced today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) that it will not establish new criteria for recognizing third-party inspection and certification programs when determining APHIS’ own inspection frequency under the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
Earlier this year, APHIS requested comments from stakeholders, state partners, and the public regarding the recognition of, and use of information from, third-party groups’ inspection and certification programs as means of determining the frequency of its own inspections. APHIS reports that the vast majority of the over 35,000 comments received, and that stakeholders on all sides of the issue, including the AKC, were not in support of the idea. As a result, APHIS will continue to use its current risk-based inspection system to determine the frequency of inspections.
AKC’s full comment may be viewed by downloading the pdf file at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=APHIS-2017-0102-35462.
Castle Rock Proposing New Animal Ordinance
Proposal: replacing Pit Bull ban with two-tired, behavior-based provision
Town staff conducted extensive research throughout the review process and found most Colorado communities do not have breed-specific bans. Research shows breed-specific bans present a number of challenges and are difficult to enforce. That’s why the team is making the recommendation to replace the breed-specific ban with to a two-tiered behavior-based potentially dangerous and dangerous animal system. The proposed system would allow authorities to focus on the particular behavior of a dog and not its appearance or genetic make-up.