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18 08, 2017

U.S. Government Reinstates Database of Kennel Inspection Reports

By |August 18th, 2017|Recommended Reading/Viewing|0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a press release this afternoon announcing the reinstatement of its searchable online database that includes inspection reports for commercial dog-breeding kennels. Reinstatement of the database follows months' worth of public outcry. A diverse spread of individuals ranging from animal-welfare advocates to pet-store executives have said the previously available database should [...]

19 05, 2017

DogMerchants.com Wins Best Independent Blog Award

By |May 19th, 2017|Recommended Reading/Viewing, The Dog Merchants book, The Dog Merchants website|0 Comments

The New Jersey chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists announced the winners of its annual writing competition today (for work done in 2016). I'm thrilled and honored to share the news that I earned three prizes in this year's competition in my home state, all for articles about dog industry. Each of the three awards [...]

8 02, 2017

New Study Likely to Affect Debate about Shelters and Breeders

By |February 8th, 2017|Recommended Reading/Viewing|0 Comments

This morning, The Washington Post published my article about a new study from Mississippi State University showing that shelter euthanasia rates for dogs have dipped to the lowest level in modern history, with fewer than 780,000 dogs per year now dying in U.S. shelters. Researchers and scientists from groups including the ASPCA, No Kill Advocacy [...]

6 02, 2017

Petland and HSUS Act to Reverse USDA Database Decision

By |February 6th, 2017|Recommended Reading/Viewing|0 Comments

When the pet-store chain Petland and the Humane Society of the United States---frequent opponents on legislative actions---are both on the same page and crying foul, you know we have entered new territory concerning the welfare of dogs. Both Petland and HSUS today stated that they are calling upon the U.S. Department of Agriculture to amend or [...]

4 02, 2017

Federal Agency Removes Key Consumer Tool for Evaluating Dog Breeders

By |February 4th, 2017|Recommended Reading/Viewing|0 Comments

At 1 p.m. today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture posted this notice on the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) section of its website. The notice explains that from now on, it will be much harder for consumers and others to review government inspection reports about dog breeders that previously had been available online in a simple [...]

8 01, 2017

Review of Documentary ‘Petfooled’ by Author of ‘The Dog Merchants’

By |January 8th, 2017|Recommended Reading/Viewing|0 Comments

Dogster.com just published my review of the documentary Petfooled, which becomes available on iTunes and video-on-demand January 10. If you're like me, trying to be a conscious consumer about everything you buy, then I think you'll find this film well worth watching. Here's a preview:

21 11, 2016

Washington Post Op-Ed: How Our Political Vitriol is Hurting Our Dogs

By |November 21st, 2016|Recommended Reading/Viewing|0 Comments

The Washington Post just published my latest story about dogs, which I originally pitched with the title "Party Animals." It's about how our current level of political vitriol in the United States is keeping dogs in conditions that many of us agree are unacceptable. I hope you'll take the time to read it, whether you [...]

15 07, 2016

Extended Interview with Forrest Lucas about ‘The Dog Lover’ Film

By |July 15th, 2016|Recommended Reading/Viewing|0 Comments

https://youtu.be/zwNtpzex0eY This morning, Dogster published my review of "The Dog Lover," a new film based on the true story of a hunting-dog breeder in South Dakota whose dogs were seized in a puppy mill raid aided by the Humane Society of the United States. The film has received mixed reviews, including from The Hollywood Reporter ("this propaganda [...]