12/21/2010 04:08 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

New Dog Breeding Laws Raise The Bar For Animal Rights

Pushed by animal-rights activists, lawmakers in more than a dozen states have enacted restrictions on dog breeders in the past two years. [...]

This fall, the animal-rights movement scored its biggest victory yet, as the top puppy-producing states in the nation, Missouri and Oklahoma, moved to enact some of the toughest standards anywhere.

Critics are pushing to overturn the new rules in both states, but if they do take effect next year, all sides agree they could transform the industry.

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