THE ANIMAL COUNCIL (TAC) was founded in 1991 to combat San Mateo County’s (California) action to enact legislation forbidding cat
and dog breeding, and mandating sterilization of all cats and dogs.  TAC is a California nonprofit, public benefit corporation tax-
exempt under Section §501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.

TAC’s goal is to seek positive, humane solutions to the challenges of animal rights activists through study, analysis and application
of animal husbandry, statistics and law, and at the same time preserve human benefit from all species, breeds and registries.

  •         TAC monitors selected federal, state and local legislation and regulation affecting the rights and interests of animal
    owners and welfare of animals.  

  •        TAC prepares analyses, position papers and letters on pending issues and lobbies selected jurisdictions, primarily in

  •        TAC provides counsel to inquiring individuals, organizations and legislators.  

  •        TAC disseminates reference materials, including legislative updates and topical reports furnished by electronic mail to
    individuals and organizations.

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CALIFORNIA STATE BILLS 2020 - Calilfornia bills and resources at a glance.  Updated 3/20/2020
CALIFORNIA STATE BILLS 2019   California bills and resources at a glance.   Updated 2/25/2020
CALIFORNIA STATE BILLS 2018 -   Updated 2/20/2019
CALIFORNIA STATE BILLS 2017 - Updated 1/31/18
CALIFORNIA STATE BILLS 2016 - Updated  12/31/2016
CALIFORNIA STATE BILLS 2015 - Updated on 5/3/2016
CALIFORNIA STATE BILLS 2014  - Updated 10/1/2014
CALIFORNIA STATE BILLS  2013 - Updated 12/30/15
CALIFORNIA STATE BILLS 2012 - Updated 2/23/13
CALIFORNIA STATE BILLS 2011 - Updated 11/2/2019
CALIFORNIA STATE BILLS 2010 - Updated 12/10/10
CALIFORNIA STATE BILLS 2009 - Updated 1/15/2010  
CALIFORNIA STATE BILLS 2008 - Updated 10/28/08
CALIFORNIA STATE BILLS, 2007 - Updated 1/23/08                                                   

FEDERAL ISSUES -  Updated 2/10/2020 (Now includes link to Federal Reference Materials page, including APHIS back to 1997)
2017-2018 FEDERAL BILLS, 115TH CONGRESS   Updated 9/2/2019
2019-2020 FEDERAL BILLS, 116TH CONGRESS   Updated 2/12/2020

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Site last updated March 29, 2020

© The Animal Council 2005-2020. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and  written permission from this
owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to The Animal Council  with
appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
Home of National Pet Alliance studies.    3/14/2013 - NEW STUDY PUBLISHED      
5/22/2013, NEW  -  
UC Davis and National Pet Alliance Study - Interview with Karen Johnson
11/1/2014 -  New study published, new concept in feral cat management: Study of the effect on shelter cat intakes
and euthanasia from a shelter neuter return project of 10,080 cats from March 2010 to June 2014
CA Fairgrounds "revitalization" projects.  Santa Clara County    CAL EXPO; Solano County; Alameda County     
Outdated links removed, but these plans are ongoing and threaten loss of event venues for animal events.
Planning processes are at county boards of supervisors level, i.e. "development."
2013 Solano360 Specific Plan
Correlation of neuter status and expression of heritable disorders.  Pub'd online 5/26/17 Canine Genetics and
Epidemiology 2017.   More at:   VETERINARY ISSUES IN STERILIZATION OF DOGS, see
Reference and scroll down
to section.
SERVICE ANIMALS Three California Penal Code sections prohibit denial of access, intentional interference
without legal justification and knowing and fraudulent representation, i.e. "fake" service dogs. 2018
GUIDE   For additional information, scroll down to the topic at Reference   
Behavioural risks in male dogs with minimal lifetime exposure to gonadal hormones may complicate
population-control benefits of desexing. Pub'd online 5/2/18 PLoS ONE   More at:   VETERINARY ISSUES IN
Reference and scroll down to section.
Department of Transportation (DOT)   DOT-OST-2018-0068     Advance notice of proposed rulemaking: The U.S.
Department of Transportation  (DOT or Department) is seeking comment on amending its Air Carrier Access Act  
(ACAA) regulation on transportation of service animals.  Comment Deadline July 9.   For complete documents and
online submission, see  
Federal Reference Materials or  
West Hollywood CA City Council, Agenda, 10/15/18, Item 6-A, consider, 1st rdg & intro ordinance re animal
grooming; amended, moved to consent. 2nd rdg, 11/5/18, Consent, Item 2F, revised Staff Report.  Per minutes,
approved as part of Consent Calendar. See details, WeHo, L.A. County,
Neuter status as a risk factor for canine intervertebral disc herniation (IVDH) in dachshunds: a retrospective
cohort study Canine Genetics and Epidemiology, 2018, Volume 5, Number 1, Page 1, Marianne Dorn, Ian J.
Seath                Pub'd online 11/15/18 Canine Genetics and Epidemiology20185:11   More at VETERINARY ISSUES IN
Reference and scroll down to section.
Age at gonadectomy and risk of overweight/ obesity and orthopedic injury in a cohort of Golden Retrievers,
Simpson M, Albright S, Wolfe B, Searfoss E, Street K, Diehl K, et al. (2019) PLoS ONE 14(7): e0209131. Published:
July 17, 2019  
More at VETERINARY ISSUES IN STERILIZATION OF DOGS, see Reference and scroll down to section.
Behavioural risks in female dogs with minimal lifetime exposure to gonadal hormones, Melissa Starling, Anne
Fawcett,Bethany Wilson, James Serpell, Paul McGreevy.  PLOS  Published: December 5, 2019   
Behavioural risks in female dogs with minimal lifetime exposure to gonadal hormones, Melissa Starling, Anne
Fawcett, Bethany Wilson, James Serpell, Paul McGreevy.  PLOS  Published: December 5, 2019
More at VETERINARY ISSUES IN STERILIZATION OF DOGS, see Reference and scroll down to section.
PALM SPRINGS (Riverside County CA) 2/27/20 City Council agenda detrimental dogs/cats breeding permit, more.  
$100 unaltered dog license.   Passed; next, second reading, THURSDAY, March 19 as scheduled.  POSTPONED
VIDEO         See Current Legislative Materials
On March 12, 2020,Governor Newsom Issues New Executive Order Further Enhancing State and Local
Government’s Ability to Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic, suspending parts of the Brown (local govt) and Bagley-
Keene (state govt) Acts to allow holding public meetings by teleconference with remote locations for public
access/comment if specified conditions, including notice, are met. Details on
Order, p 4-5 (PDF is image, not
On March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom issues a Stay at Home ORDER statewide until further notice.