Help us fight against the American Kennel Club

by Mikey Feldman

Personal campaign Keep it all New York City, NY, US

On September 28th, 2013, Puppy Mill Free NYC and other animal rights activists will be converging on the Jacob Javits Center in conjunction with the American Kennel Club's "Meet the Breeds" showcase.

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On September 28th, 2013, Puppy Mill Free NYC and other animal rights activists will be converging on the Jacob Javits Center in conjunction with the American Kennel Club's "Meet the Breeds" showcase.

Your donated funds will help us print and buy professional signs and literature to hand out at the showcase and shine a light to thousands of visitors on how the AKC is no friend it companion animals. This event is important and we can really use your help.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) dervies around 80% of its income from "high volume commercial kennels" aka Puppy Mills. The AKC also aggressively lobbies against very basic animal welfare bills nationwide. The Humane Society of the United States detailed many of the AKC's efforts to dertail animal welfare reform in it's report, which you can read here: http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/pets/puppy_mills/report_akc_breeders.pdf


In 2012 alone, AKC asked its supporters to oppose:

Laws in several states that would have required puppy producers to comply with basic care standards.

Legislation in three states that would have prevented the debarking of dogs without a medical reason.

An ordinance in a Tennessee town designed to prevent dogs from being left in hot cars.

A Rhode Island state bill to prevent people from chaining or crating a dog for more than 14 hours a day.

A Louisiana state bill that would have prevented breeding
facilities from keeping dogs in stacked, wire-floored cages.

AKC has attempted to deflect independent regulation of large-scale breeders on grounds that it maintains an internal kennel inspections program, but standards for the program are unclear and its results unpublished. The HSUS report discloses that some puppy mills had been "inspected" by AKC but were still the subject of law enforcement-led rescues—with facility operators later convicted of animal cruelty on account of the poor conditions of their dogs.

Most recently, AKC has been lobbying breeders to oppose a proposed U.S. Department of Agriculture rule that would regulate Internet puppy sellers under the federal Animal Welfare Act. AKC's chair described the regulations as "onerous," even though the proposal includes exemptions for breeders with fewer than five breeding female dogs as well as breeders who sell only to buyers they meet in person.
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