07/28/2015New Deadwood ordinance prohibits wild animals, but not pet birds | rapidcityjournal.com

"DEADWOOD | After more than a month of legal wrangling, the City Commission this week gave final approval to a new ordinance that prohibits wild, dangerous and exotic animals from being kept as pets within city limits. But bird owners whose feathers were initially ruffled by the proposal can relax; pet birds are still OK in Deadwood.”

05/08/2015PIJAC Recognizes Pet Trade Leaders at 2015 Top2Top Conference

Washington, DC – Last week the pet industry’s most influential leaders assembled to participate in the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council’s (PIJAC) fourth annual Top2Top Conference set at the picturesque Omni la Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California. 

Recent Salmonella Muenchen Outbreak in U.S. | PIJAC

"The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that as of May 13, 2015, a total of 20 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Muenchen have been reported from 16 states since January 1, 2014."

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07/17/2015 UPDATE: Maine H.P. 759 (LD 1099) was recommitted to the Joint Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry Committee and held over for further action until 2016 as the 2015 session of the Maine Legislature adjourned on July 16th.
PIJAC will continue to monitor this bill when the Maine Legislature reconvenes in January 2016.

Having the state of Maine conduct tick research may be a worthy cause but it should not be the responsibility of pet store, who will be disproportionately affected, to fund the effort. Legislative Document 1099 seeks to raise far more money than is needed for the effort, and opponents have already identified several other revenue sources for the state. Further, many of the projected uses of the revenue have nothing to do with, and offer no benefit to, the pet trade.


NC residents: ACT NOW! We need every Tar Heel to take one minute and use the messaging tool below to tell the politicians in Raleigh that you don’t want North Carolina’s responsible pet owners and pet care providers subjected to an unfair sales tax. REMEMBER,the politicians in Raleigh will not consider our reasonable position if they don’t hear from our supporters. Please use our online messaging tool to send your message today!


Communication tools such as FirstLook serve to inform and engage pet professionals, pet hobbyists, and pet businesses on what is being said within, and about, the pet industry. But how effective is FirstLook? Does it generate genuine member-engagement and interest on important issues and trends with 'clicks' on articles?

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