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American Kennel Club (AKC)

Stop American Kennel Club (AKC) from protecting Puppy mills!

AKC is running a campaign trying to defeat the proposed USDA law to ban puppy mills. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing a new law to stop large scale breeding and selling of puppies via internet by licensing large scale breeders. AKC has begun a misleading campaign “Join With the AKC to Protect Responsible Small Breeders” to oppose this proposed law.

The proposed law clearly states that the breeder with 3 females or less is exempt from licensing. So it obviously does not affect small scale responsible breeders or breeders breeding for hobby. So why is AKC opposing the law? Because they want to protect their large scale breeders. AKC is a large powerful organization who has the mean to lobby and get things their way. They have successfully lobbied against mandatory spay/neuter laws, etc. Well, AKC needs to get real and be about the dogs. Puppy mills do not care about the genetic diseases, wellbeing of the dogs nor the temperament. The dogs that are sold via internet from puppy mills are often malnourished and have medical and behavioral issues because they are not taken care of properly. Every time a breed becomes popular, puppy mill breeders breed them, and the irresponsible breeding has ruined many breeds. Good example of that are Cocker Spaniels and Dalmatians. They used to be wonderful breeds, but now the temperaments are not what it used to be. Organization such as Humane Society of America already supports the proposed law by USDA.

If you are not familiar with puppy mills, please picture dog in cages… without solid floor (wired cages) to make cleaning easy for the humans. There is a pan underneath to collect feces and urine. Females are bread as often as possible. Often time, there is lots of inbreeding. Breeding “stocks” are not treated well. It is inhumane.
This is what AKC states: “The AKC shares the USDA’s concern about substandard Internet puppy sellers that operate outside the current regulations. However, under the proposed regulations to redefine “retail pet store,” breeders who maintain more than four “breeding females” and who sell even one puppy sight unseen, by any means (including online, by mail or by telephone), would now be regulated as commercial breeders by the USDA. The effect of these proposed regulations would be to take away the public’s opportunity to obtain puppies from some of our nation’s top breeders who in many cases, have dedicated their lives to breeding for health, breed type and temperament.” … so this means breeders are able to have 3 breeding females and still be under the radar. And anyone can drive or fly to the responsible breeder to meet the puppy, purchase the puppy and bring them back. If AKC really wants to stop puppy mills, then they need to realize we all need to make concessions and put a stop to the inhumane treatments of the dogs.

Please help us get a point across to AKC, that their petition is not helping the dogs, and a large organization such as AKC has a responsibility to the dogs, not just to their breeders!

Please read about puppy mills here: http://www.prisonersofgreed.org/
Please read about what USDA is proposing: http://www.examiner.com/article/usda-proposes-new-rule-to-regulate-internet-dog-dealers

Here is another useful article on the proposed law: http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/dvm/Veterinary+news/USDA-targets-Internet-breeders-with-proposed-defin/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/774966?contextCategoryId=378

Please stop AKC’s misleading campaign – read their campaign it here: http://www.akc.org/news/index.cfm?article_id=4671

Signed,

Yoshika Hedberg

This petition closed over 2 years ago

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AKC is running a campaign trying to defeat the proposed USDA law to ban puppy mills. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing a...

AKC is running a campaign trying to defeat the proposed USDA law to ban puppy mills. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing a new law to stop large scale breeding and selling of puppies via internet by licensing large scale breeders. AKC has begun a misleading campaign “Join With the AKC to Protect Responsible Small Breeders” to oppose this proposed law.

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