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Congress proposes 'Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2009'
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Legislation has been introduced in both the House and Senate to amend the Animal Welfare Act through the creation of the "Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2009." The same legislation was introduced in 2007, but no action was taken. The Act intends to regulate the manner in which research facilities obtain dogs and cats for research. MORE

House Judiciary Subcommittee to reconsider python ban
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Representative Kendrick Meek, D-Fla., first introduced H.R. 2811 earlier this year. The bill was heard before the same Subcommittee in July in which additional co-sponsors were added. As drafted, H.R. 2811 would amend the Lacey Act to add "the constrictor snake of the species Python genera" as an injurious species that would be "prohibited from being shipped or imported into the United States." More
More commercial dog breeder regulations proposed in Tennessee
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The Tennessee Department of Health (Division of Animal Welfare) has proposed a regulation which codifies the recently enacted Commercial Breeder Act, also known as Tennessee House Bill 386. The regulation encompasses much of the Commercial Breeders Act, but proposes new definitions, record keeping requirements and mandates compliance with the federal Animal Welfare Act. More
CIT files for fifth largest U.S. bankruptcy
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CIT Group Inc., one of the nation's leading funders of small and medium-sized businesses, filed for the fifth largest bankruptcy by assets in U.S. history as part of a reorganization plan that has the support of an overwhelming majority of debtholders. In a statement, the company said it is asking the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York for a quick approval of the prepackaged plan. CIT said none of its operating subsidiaries would be affected by the filing, allowing them to continue operations. More

Pet numbers still growing, but may finally peak
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Despite the recent economic freefall, America's pet population continues to rise, according to the 2009-2010 American Pet Products Association (APPA) National Pet Owners Survey. The number of dogs increased to 77.5 million (from 75 million when the survey was taken two years ago). Cat numbers exceeded 90 million for the first time, over 93 million pet cats (from 89 million in 2007-2008). More
Analyzing the arguments for, against Ohio Issue 2
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On Tuesday, Ohio voters will be asked to decide three key statewide ballot issues in addition to various local races. One of these, Issue 2, could have a major impact on the state's agricultural industry and change the way farmers raise livestock and poultry. More
FDA issues guidance document for food registry portal
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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a guidance document for submitting reports of reportable food safety incidents through the electronic portal, Reportable Food Registry. The document answers questions such as how, when and where to submit reports to FDA, who is required to submit reports, what is required to be submitted and what may be required when providing notifications to other persons in the supply chain. More
November is Canine Cancer Awareness Month
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To help celebrate its fifth annual Pet Cancer Awareness Month, Veterinary Pet Insurance has partnered with the Animal Cancer Foundation to raise funds for pet cancer research. This will include bi-coastal pet cancer awareness walks in Long Beach, Calif., and Brooklyn and Manhattan, N.Y. More
Radio System aquires Pet Porte technology
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Radio System Corp., the maker of the PetSafe brand, has acquired the rights to the Pet Porte Smart Flap from U.K.-based Pet Porte Ltd. The Pet Porte operates by responding to microchips in pet cats or small dogs, thus keeping unwanted animals from gaining entry to the house. More
1-800-PetMeds announces quarterly dividend
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PetMed Express, Inc. today announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.10 per share on its common stock. The dividend will be payable on Nov. 30, 2009, to shareholders of record at the close of business on Nov. 13, 2009. More
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