If you don’t read this story, at least scroll to the ending. AKC makes their animal rights statement on September 26, 2013! It is important to know where those in leadership positions stand on breeder issues. I’ll try to make it as short as possible to cover a couple of years of AKC education. These are the facts, not that I like them, but facts none-the-less.
When I bought my most recent AKC Dalmatian (SEVEN years ago) , I knew absolutely nothing about showing in AKC shows nor did I have any intention what-so-ever of participating in any AKC event. I bought my dog because I wanted a dog, my choice-Dalmatian. I picked him out from a picture on the internet when he was about a day or two old. At that time, I had no idea when picking up the puppy that I would be required to sign a contract that said; required to have “kennel” names in the AKC registration papers; required to show in AKC Championship events. I was just a regular citizen wanting to buy a Dalmatian puppy that had no clue about what it meant that I was buying a puppy from the Vice-President of the Dalmatian Club of America. I didn’t even know what the Dalmatian Club of America was.
Since I am a person that does everything that I can to stand by my word, I did everything I could to abide by that contract after being contacted by the breeder when the puppy turned of “showing age” at six months old. After a good win without any handling advice from the breeder, a month later I was invited to become a Dalmatian Club of America Member. I’ll skip the boring details of how that puppy obtained his Championship but to sum it up, the Championship was more-or-less bought (there go my ego :).
From the very first moment that I became a DCA member, I was bombarded with “health issues” the club was discussing and became very vocal about questioning the validity of claims made by many Board Members and longstanding breeders. Suffice it to say, they were not happy with my outburst of valid questions since the DCA is a “don’t rock the boat” type of club and was told by many, in short and to put it nicely, to shut up. I have never been good at taking directions 🙂
The discussion in the DCA became so threatening that many used the Animal Rights card to persuade those in opposition to “back off.” Being the “seeker of truth” that I am, I refused to stop asking questions and dug a little deeper. In so doing, I began to expose the Animal Rights within the club IN THE CALENDAR YEAR OF 2008. NOT ONE PERSON, INCLUDING MR. AND MRS. PATTI STRAND, MEMBERS OF THE DCA SINCE 1974, AKC JUDGE, AKC BREEDER, FOUNDER OF THE NAIA, AKC BOARD MEMBER AT THE TIME, AND AUTHOR OF “HIJACKINGTHE HUMANE MOVEMENT”, NOT ONE PERSON STOOD BEHIND ME TO RID THE CLUB OF ANIMAL RIGHTS OPENLY ON THE DALMATIAN CLUB OF AMERICA INTERNET DISCUSSION LIST.
IF THERE EVER WAS A TIME FOR MRS. STRAND TO PUT AN END TO ANIMAL RIGHTS WITHIN THE AKC/DCA, DON’T YOU THINK THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE TIME AND PLACE?
- May 11, 2012: “You need to open your home if you breed more than four dogs. That sounds appropriate to me,” said Patti Strand, director of the National Animal Interest Alliance. By TRACIE CONE Associated Press on May 11, 2012, at 1:51 AM Updated on 5/11/12 at 5:06 AM http://www.tulsaworld.com/article.aspx/USDA_seeks_rule_change_for_online_puppy_sales/20120511_47_e2_cutlin907353
- May 16, 2012: USDA/APHIS BREEDER REGULATIONS POSTED TO THE FEDERAL REGISTER ON MAY 16, 2012!!!!!!!!!!
- Ø 18 months later September 26, 2013….AKC’s reply to an injunction against the invasion of private property by way of USDA/APHIS breeder regulations “The AKC is studying the final rule and potential impacts carefully, and seeking clarifications where needed. We will continue to consider a variety options should further action be necessary to protect the rights of responsible breeders.”
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO UNDERSTAND INVASION OF PRIVATE PROPERTY WITH POLICE POWER?
Note: There are some good people in AKC. I am still hoping and crossing my fingers that they will help in protecting a person’s right to own private property without the threat of warrantless search and seizure by animal rights groups. Time is ticking! Write to the AKC.
Just copy and paste these addresses into your “To” box on your email program. Email addresses for the AKC Board of Directors: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
SUBJECT LINE: USDA/APHIS FEDERAL INJUNCTION
Then either copy and paste the letter below or one that you write yourself:
Dear AKC Board of Directors:
I not only ask as a pet owner/breeder/citizen but I INSIST that you file a federal injunction against USDA/APHIS to stop this invasion of private property, safeguard the rights of breeders, protect the right to own a dog, and ensure that our children will enjoy the company of a dog/cat/hamster/gerbil or any other “regulated” species!
(insert your name here)