o        APHIS December 2013 fact sheet:
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/animal_welfare/2013/faq_retail_pets_final_rule.pdf

o        The AKC Government Relations department information about the APHIS Retail Pet Store Rule changes:
http://www.akc.org/governmentrelations/usda_aphis_faqs.cfm

o        The AKC News Tuesday February 4, 2014: Federal Update – Congress Passes Farm Bill with Two Improvements to
the Animal Welfare Act:
http://www.akc.org/press_center/article.cfm?article_id=5282

o        National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA) summary “The Retail Pet Store Final Rule and You!:
http://www.naiaonline.org/articles/article/the-retail-pet-store-final-rule-and-you

o        Position Statement on proposed new APHIS Rules – Australian Shepherd Club of Montana. This document has been
respectfully submitted to the APHIS comment page by The Australian Shepherd Club of Montana Affiliate Representative
Thomas A Morarre who is on record as opposing the proposed changes to the United States Animal Welfare Act Definitions
and Regulations, as published in the Federal Register by USDA APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) on
May 16, 2012, for a number of reasons:
http://ascofmt.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Position-Statement-on-proposed-new-APHIS-Rule-comment.pdf

o        SAOVA News – Tuesday, December 17, 2013 – Lawsuit filed against APHIS Retail Pet Store Rule, Press Release:
http://saovanews.blogspot.com/2013/12/lawsuit-filed-against-aphis-retail-pet.html

o        The Associated Dog Clubs of New York State, Inc. (ADCNYS) is a New York State Not-for-Profit corporation
exempted from federal taxes under IRS code 501c7 and is spearheading an effort to challenge the legality of the
USDA/APHIS Rule.  For additional information and updates go to:
http://www.keepourdomesticanimals.com/

o        In addition the AKC Government Relations department has provided the following regarding canine litigation:
Canine Litigation Statement
The ISAA Mission Statement

The Icelandic Sheepdog Association of America (I.S.A.A.) is organized for the expressed
purpose of promoting and preserving the welfare of the Icelandic Sheepdog in America.  

Towards this end, the ISAA is dedicated to serving the best interest of the Icelandic Sheepdog through increasing public
awareness, establishing a resource network, and promoting proper husbandry and breeding practices of the
Icelandic Sheepdog in America.
The United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (USDA APHIS) in
November 2013 changed the Animal Welfare Act regulations by revising its definition of retail pet store.

THE RULE CHANGE WILL AFFECT BREEDERS, RESCUES, AND OTHERS WHO SELL ANIMALS AS PETS
IN SITUATIONS WHERE THE SELLER DOES NOT PERSONALLY MEET THE BUYER FACE TO FACE
WHEN SELLING OR DELIVERING THE ANIMAL, WHETHER THE INTERNET IS INVOLVED OR NOT.

To help you learn more how this may affect you, the following links and information is being provided.  These
are only a few, many more can be found by searching the Internet.
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