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On August 23, 2017, the USDA announced it will be accepting comments from the public for how it grants licenses under the Animal Welfare Act. For more information and to submit your comments, go to: AWA - Improvements


News, Action, and Updates

• NO MORE PUPPY MILLS CAMPAIGN: Numerous large-scale commercial dog breeding facilities still operate in Minnesota. Learn more about Minnesota puppy mills by clicking ISSUE.


Animal Folks, in conjunction with the Animal Humane Society and Steve and Denise Sterling (property owners in and taxpayers of Cass County), sued the Minnesota Board of Animal Health for violation of the Commercial Breeders Licensing and Enforcement Law. For details: Lawsuit - BAH


Animal Folks is part of a coalition, led by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), that filed a lawsuit against the USDA for removal of animal welfare documents from the USDA website. We are seeking all documents be restored for public access. More: Lawsuit - USDA

Update: Judge dismisses lawsuit against the USDA. ALDF with coalition to appeal the decision.


The Minnesota Legislative session convened January 3, 2017 and adjourned May 26, 2017. This is the first year of the 2-year session. Animal Folks MN was at the Capitol, advocating on behalf of animals. For a review of bills pertaining to animal issues this session and what bills were signed into law, go to State Bills

• HUMANE PET STORE ORDINANCE PASSED IN ROSEVILLE:  Roseville is the first city in Minnesota to ban the pet store sale of dogs and cats from puppy and kitten mills. Thank you to the Roseville City Council and Roseville residents. Animal Folks MN worked closely with the community, AHS and HSUS to achieve this victory for the animals! More: Pet Stores

• STATE: VET IMMUNITY BILL: Working with veterinarians and bill authors Rep. Smith and Sen. Housley, Animal Folks MN introduced a bill at the MN Legislature to provide civil immunity to veterinarians for good faith reporting of animal cruelty. Learn more: Vet Immunity Bill

• ANIMAL CRUELTY TRAINING 2017: On February 22 and 23, 2017, Animal Folks held training at the MVMA Annual Conference for veterinarians on their role in animal cruelty investigations. Learn more at: Veterinary Training 

• VETERINARY MANUAL: Reporting Animal Cruelty. Animal Folks has created a manual to assist veterinarians in Minnesota in setting up clinic protocols to identify and report animal cruelty. A pdf version and information for a printed version are available at: Veterinary Manual.

• DATABANK: Animal Folks is conducting a statewide study of animal cruelty cases in Minnesota with volunteers from 3M Legal Affairs. We are analyzing cruelty cases from 2008 to 2016. This data will allow us to assess the type of crimes committed, species harmed, sentencing orders, and other factors which can then be used for animal law training and cruelty prevention programs.

• BREEDERS - WINONA COUNTY: In 2016, AF presented data to Winona County Commissioners during their dscussion of local permitting of multiple dog breeders. Request made for moratorium on further permitting to allow county to study issue; did not pass. For "breeder" report, go to: News-archived  

BREEDER LICENSING: As of July 1, 2015, licensure for commercial dog and cat breeders (those who meet the definition per the Commercial Dog and Cat Breeder Law) became mandatory. Link: List of Licensees




We're proud to announce that Animal Folks is a Charities Review Council Meets Standards® organization and a Gold Guidestar participant.

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Animal Folks is devoted to systemic change: By partnering with authorities and other community members, Animal Folks is working to build a modern animal law enforcement system in Minnesota for the prevention of animal cruelty and improved enforcement of animal anti-cruelty laws. Animal Folks is a 501c3 nonprofit. Learn more.

Animal Folks MN - Legislative Action is the legislative arm of Animal Folks. As a 501c4 nonprofit, it handles legislative actions, including lobbying, advocacy and education. Learn more.

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