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The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) yesterday released a report titled “The American Kennel Club: No Longer ‘The Dog’s Champion?’,” that claims the American Kennel Club (AKC), rather than supporting efforts to end puppy mills, are instead acting as a group that support them.
The Humane Society released the video below, along with this statement:
“The American Kennel Club bills itself as ‘The Dog’s Champion,’ but our report shows a pattern of activity that is entirely at odds with that self-description,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS. “The AKC has opposed more than 80 bills and proposals in the last five years that would have implemented common-sense, humane standards of care at large-scale breeding facilities. We are shocked that a group that should be standing shoulder to shoulder with us is constantly lined up with the puppy mill industry.”
In fact, the AKC has opposed – and rallied their supporters to oppose, the following:
• Bills in West Virginia, Iowa, Ohio and several other states that would have required puppy producers to comply with basic care standards, such as regular feeding, cleaning, minimum space requirements, safe housing and veterinary care;
• An ordinance in Shelby County, Tennessee that would have prevented dogs from being left in hot vehicles for more than an hour (an AKC article called it “unwarranted”);
• A bill in Rhode Island that would have prevented dogs from being tethered or confined to cages for more than 14 hours per day;
• Bills in three states that would have prevented owners from debarking dogs without a medical reason, and requiring that the procedure only be performed by a licensed vet;
• An ordinance in Porter County, Indiana that would require breeding kennels to adhere to the care standards outlined in the Animal Welfare Act (AKC’s Chair called the basic standards “burdensome”);
• A bill in Massachusetts that would have allowed a court to order animals to be seized from persons charged with animal cruelty, with the suspect responsible for the costs of caring for them if convicted; and
• A Louisiana bill that would have prevented breeding facilities from keeping dogs continually in stacked, wire-floored cages.
And, most recently,
the AKC has been lobbying breeders to oppose a proposed USDA rule that would regulate Internet puppy sellers under the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA), even though the proposal includes exemptions for breeders with fewer than five intact females and those who sell puppies directly to buyers they meet in person.
There is just less than one week left to leave a public comment on the USDA’s proposed retail pet store ruling. To share your opinion with the USDA, click HERE before July 16th.
The AKC has not yet responded to the HSUS report.