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July 22, 2019: Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Banning Cat Declawing

New York Becomes First State in Nation to Ban Cat Declawing: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed legislation (S.5532B/A.1303) banning the performance of declawing procedures on cats, making New York the first state to prohibit the practice. The bill takes ...

June 18, 2019: New Study Examines Evolution of “Puppy Dog Eyes”

A new study has found that facial musculature between domestic dogs and gray wolves differs only around the eye. The study reports that exaggerated eyebrow facial movements in dogs cause their eyes to "appear larger, giving the face a more paedomorphic, infant-like appearance, and also ...

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June 5, 2019: NY Legislature Votes to Ban Declawing in Cats

New York lawmakers have passed a bill sponsored by Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) to ban cat ...

May 31, 2019: Manitoba Vets Vote to Ban Declawing

Manitoba has become the sixth Canadian Province to ban the practice of declawing cats, a procedure that amputates the first joint of a cat's toes. Newfoundland and Labrador and Alberta banned the practice earlier this year, while British ...

May 16, 2019: Australian Capital Territory Overhauls Animal Welfare Legislation

Under the legislation, "[p]et shops and boarding kennels will be licensed and all pets recognised as 'sentient beings with intrinsic value'." In addition, confining an animal, "or even transporting it in a way ...

April 26, 2019: Dog Owners More Likely to Meet Physical Activity Guidelines than Non-Dog Owners

A study conducted in West Cheshire, England has found that dog owners are considerably more active than people without a dog, and that dog walking is undertaken in addition to, and not instead of, other physical activities. The findings ...

April 22, 2019: Study Examines Canine Laterality

While some dogs are "left pawed" and some are "right pawed," the study found that laterality did not appear to extend to canine lying/sleeping positions, as has been shown in other species.

April 17, 2019: Study Examines Use of Normal and Abnormal Behaviors to Affect Motivational State

The study concludes that abnormal behavior usually indicates poor welfare, regardless of whether it was initially adaptive, but points out that sometimes abnormal behavior can also be functional - including to modify motivational state. ...

April 15, 2019: Study Finds Emotional Mirror Neurons in the Rat

Researchers at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience have tested the theory of empathy in rats and found the presence of mirror-like neurons in the rat's anterior cingulate cortex that are responsive when other rats are observed ...

April 10, 2019: New Survey to Research Cases of Shock Being Used on Pets without Owners’ Permission

In the wake of a number of recent news stories, the Pet Professional Guild Advocacy Committee is starting to collect data from pet owners who have had shock collars used on their pets without their permission. ...

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