Target: Chairman of the Board of the American Kennel Club Alan Kalter
Goal: Take a stand against cruel puppy mills by supporting common-sense legislation to improve the welfare of commercially bred dogs.
The American Kennel Club (AKC), the world’s largest purebred dog registry, has been under fire for failing to protect dogs from horrific abuses at large-scale commercial breeding facilities, commonly referred to as “puppy mills.” Although the majority of AKC members are smaller, high-quality breeders, the organization has been giving in to pressure from puppy mill breeders, and has actively opposed over 80 bills and proposals in the last five years that would have ensured humane standards for large-scale commercial breeders. The AKC must reverse its course in order to ensure that innocent dogs aren’t suffering at the hands of callous puppy mill breeders.
Shockingly, some puppy mill breeders charged with animal cruelty passed AKC inspections, clearly demonstrating the organization’s reluctance to take a stand against these irresponsible breeders. In the late 1990s, large-scale, commercial dog breeding facilities threatened to boycott the AKC registry and since then, it has dedicated significant resources to fight against laws that would regulate those facilities.
Examples of regulations the AKC asked its supporters to oppose in 2012 include laws in several states that would have forced puppy producers to comply with basic animal care standards, legislation in three states that would have prohibited debarking for non-medical purposes, an ordinance in Tennessee that would have prevented dogs from being left in hot cars, and a Louisiana bill that would have banned breeding facilities from keeping dogs in stacked wire cages.
The AKC calls itself “The Dog’s Champion,” but with such opposition to basic animal welfare standards, it’s hard to see how the organization puts the dog before the moneyed interests of irresponsible puppy mill breeders. Tell the AKC to sit its priorities straight and return to supporting small, premium breeders who put their dog’s best interest first.
Dear Mr. Kalter,
I am shocked to learn that your organization actively advocates against basic animal care standards for large-scale, commercial dog breeding facilities. Although a majority of your members are small-scale, high-quality breeders who put their dogs’ best interest first, you continue to be influenced by the moneyed interests of irresponsible puppy mill breeders.
It’s no secret that these large-scale facilities threatened to boycott your registry in the late 1990s. Since then, the AKC has actively opposed regulating these breeders.
Your opposition to common-sense animal care standards is outrageous. How could any animal-oriented group oppose an ordinance that would prevent dogs from being left in hot cars, or the banning of debarking for non-medical purposes? It’s clear where your interests lie.
The AKC hails itself as “The Dog’s Champion,” but because of your opposition to over 80 common-sense animal care bills in just the last five years, you’re a champion to no dog. That honor belongs to the humane societies and animal welfare organizations that work tirelessly to protect dogs, rather than moneyed interests. It’s time to set your priorities straight and return to supporting small-scale, responsible breeders.
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