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Westminster 2019 News: Colton Removed from Best in Show Competition

Schipperke sitting and panting, 2 years old , isolated on whiteColton, the Schipperke chosen last night as the winner of the Non-Sporting Group, will not be permitted to compete this evening in the Best in Show competition.

There is a conflict of interest involving the judge and Colton’s ownership team. No one did anything wrong, they are just removing the possibility that anyone could claim the judge showed favoritism to a team with which he had a closer relationship than with other teams. The judge cannot recuse, so the dog must be excused.

The runner-up does not get to complete in Colton’s place; the Non-Sporting Group simply will not be represented in the ring.

Animal Welfare Law Rankings by State

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The Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals, released the 12th annual year-end report (2017) ranking the animal protection laws of all 50 states. For the 10th year in a row, Illinois is in first place—followed by Oregon (2), California (3), Maine (4), and Rhode Island (5). Kentucky holds firmly to last place for the 11th consecutive year. It trails Iowa (49), Wyoming (48), Utah (47), and North Dakota (46) as the state with the weakest animal protection laws. Continue reading Animal Welfare Law Rankings by State