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California Tackles Flea Market Pet Sales

(PET SALES/ANIMAL LAWS) This past week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law an important restriction on the sale of animals at flea markets and swap meets. AB 339 was sponsored by Born Free USA and the State Humane Association of California and was authored by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson. The bill allows for the sale of animals at these venues under strict conditions that the local jurisdictions adopt certain care standards. If they do not comply, the sale of animals will be prohibited all together. These standards are the same regulations that are required of retail pet stores. Read on to learn more about the new law and its conditions. — Global Animal

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Shelter Animals’ Fate Uncertain In California County

(ANIMAL SHELTERS/PETS) CALIFORNIA — Last month, the city of Bakersfield put forth a plan to remove its county, Kern, from the city-owned animal shelter. The city wants the county out of the shelter by the end of September, leaving many residents concerned over the hundreds of displaced animals left by the eviction. To combat rumors, Jen Woodard, the director of Kern County’s Animal Control, held a press conference on Friday to assure citizens the county has no intentions to euthanize any of the shelter animals. Continue reading below to find when Kern County expects a new facility, and what people are doing to help the shelter. — Global Animal

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Obama Barks Back at Breed-Specific Laws

(DOGS/PETS) What a great week to be a dog in Washington! In addition to the White House’s welcoming of a new, one-year-old puppy named Sunny on Monday, President Obama has also come out in support of legislation which would allow pet parents to choose whichever dog they desire, regardless of breed. This statement comes in response to a petition signed by 30,000 dog lovers against breed-specific legislation—regulations that restrict ownership of dogs of certain breeds, with pit bulls being the most targeted. Read on for more information regarding Obama’s stance on the issue as well as the importance of equality for all dog breeds. — Global Animal

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Proposed Rat Poison Ban Protects Pets and Wildlife

(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL CONSERVATION) California may be pulling the plug on “super” rat poisons. Proposed regulation action, DPR 13-002, would ban the widespread use of dangerously strong anticoagulant rodent poisons. The ban would designate brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difenacoum, and difethialone as restricted materials, limiting them to those who are licensed and have training to use them appropriately. If the action passes, the poisons will no longer be available to the public. Homeowners are currently the number one users of these rodenticides, often misusing them and negatively affecting local wildlife and pets. Read on to learn more about how rodenticides are affecting our environment and sign the linked petitions to show your support for banning these toxic poisons. — Global Animal

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No Justice For Dog Murderer

(ANIMAL CRUELTY) CALIFORNIA — A 42-year-old man convicted of beating his neighbor’s German Shepherd to death last April has been sentenced to a year in jail and denied the right to own or care for any animal for the next 10 years. However, the man could have faced more than four years in prison. While this punishment might seem sufficient to some, others may be wondering if this man should ever be allowed to live, never mind own a pet again. — Global Animal

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CA Governor Has Five Days To Save Bears, Bobcats

(ANIMAL CONSERVATION) CALIFORNIA — Governor Jerry Brown has until September 30, 2012 to sign bill SB 1221 which prevents the hounding of bears and bobcats in the state of California.When hounding, hunters use radio-collared dogs to track and hunt bears and/or bobcats.Hounding not only directly effects the natural species of bears and bobcats, but it often causes many young cubs to be orphaned. It also puts the dogs at risk of death by dehydration or wildlife confrontation and many are  abandoned in shelters. Continue reading to see how you can help protect the bears, bobcats and dogs. — Global Animal

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Long Overdue Transformation For Animal Shelter

(ANIMAL NEWS) CALIFORNIA — The Animal Legal Defense Fund and nearby residents recently sued a Palm Springs shelter for failure to abide by state laws protecting animals, and their case has been heard. Homeless dogs and cats in the surrounding area will now have a much better chance of being adopted into loving homes and treated the right way. The case sheds light on the standards of animal shelters, bringing a fair warning to others who might be violating similar regulations. Read on to learn more about the constructive changes to come for this particular animal shelter. — Global Animal

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New Bill Hopes To Ban Hound Hunting

(ANIMAL LEGISLATION) Senator Ted Lieu’s legislation outlawing hound hunting in California is quickly moving forward. If approved, the bill will specifically prohibit the use of dog packs to hunt bears and bobcats within the state. Hundreds of hunters and animal activists attended an important hearing in April, where both sides brought conflicting testimonies about the current law. Animal-rights groups view this activity as an unnecessary act of violence, while hunters believe they should be able to partake in this recreational sport. A recent photograph featuring California Fish and Game Commission President Dan Richard carrying a dead mountain lion resulted in a public outcry and renewed support for this ban. Read more to learn the full details and let us know what you think of the proposed regulation. — Global Animal

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