AKC Breed Dogs Under Attack
January 20, 2010
Dear AKC Club Officer, Delegate, or Judge:
Our right to own and breed dogs is under attack. Throughout
the country last year we experienced an unprecedented increase
in legislation that infringes on the rights of responsible
owners and breeders. Already, many similar bills have already
been introduced for 2010.
Some of the 2009 bills included:
New York A.7218, which would have criminalized tail docking
and make it a misdemeanor for anyone to exhibit a dog with a
docked tail. The bill also allowed for any New York animal
rights organization to directly sue violators of this law.
Texas HB 4277 & Florida HB 451, as written, would have required
that all dogs in the state be spayed or neutered, with very few
Montana HB 191 & Hawaii SB 79 would have banned the ownership of
ďpit bullsĒ, including American Staffordshire Terriers and
Staffordshire Bull Terriers.
26 different states introduced legislation that sought to
regulate dog breeding. Many of these bills followed a formula
that included caps on animal ownership, allowed for unreasonable
inspections and seizures, and arbitrary care and kennel
Fortunately, few of these provisions became law, but the
consistency and similarity of these measures seen in state after
state, demonstrates the effect of a national agenda determined
to take away our rights to own and breed dogs in a manner
consistent with our expertise.
The need for a united, resolute dog fancy committed to
protecting our dogs and our rights has never been greater. This
election year, through contributions to the AKC Political Action
Committee (AKC PAC), we have the opportunity to support
lawmakers and candidates who will fight for our right to own,
breed, and exhibit our beloved dogs. Please ask all club members
to consider a donation to the AKC PAC. One hundred percent of
these donations will go directly to support the campaigns of
candidates who will help protect our rights.
Iíve enclosed materials that provide more information about
this program. Although the AKC PAC can only accept donations
from individuals, clubs can help by conducting fundraisers and
encourage their members to donate to the PAC.
Please join me in taking a stand and making the voice of the
dog fancy heard in Congress and in our state legislatures.
Please contribute to this important program and distribute the
enclosed materials to your members, colleagues and club
Together we can ensure that the right to own, breed and
exhibit dogs is protected for generations to come.
Chairman, AKC PAC Board