Political Beat


Grassroots Movement Begins in Reaction to Crufts Barring Dogs from Competition

On the evening of March 16, 2012, following the Crufts dog show, 320 fanciers gathered at the National Motorcycle Museum near the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham, England, to discuss the fallout from this year’s requirement that 15 “high-profile breeds” undergo veterinary examinations before being allowed to compete in the Groups. As most of our… read more

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California’s Six-Day Holding Period on Sheltered Animals Still in Jeopardy

A 1998 law that extended the holding period for animals in California’s pounds and shelters may be repealed as part of the ongoing effort to put a dent in the state’s years-long budget shortfall. It’s one of many regulations that Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is considering ditching to save money. Because the state mandated the… read more


Who Runs the AKC Dog Sport? A Beginning Look at the AKC Delegates

If you’ve ever wondered who makes decisions about how our sport and our kennel club are run, the AKC delegate body is, technically speaking, the answer. Almost 5,000 American Kennel Club-affiliated clubs offer conformation, obedience, agility, hunting or other performance events, but just over 500 of those are AKC member clubs. Each member club is… read more

Oscar Wilde

Know Thyself

I celebrated my 63rd birthday last month. I spent the day traveling to New York for the Westminster Kennel Club show. It was pretty much the perfect way for this dog show junkie to celebrate the event. For some time now I have always spent part of my birthday musing about how well I am… read more

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Committees Modify Bill Intended to Outlaw Sale of Unsterilized Dogs in Hawaii

Two committees of the Hawaii Senate took steps recently to modify proposed Senate Bill 2504 such that, if passed by the legislature, it will not apply to breeders who do not sell puppies or dogs to retail pet stores and will not require those sold by retailers to be spayed or neutered. The committees changed… read more

New Jersey Tries Again to Regulate Small-Scale Breeders by Susan Chaney

New Jersey Tries Again to Regulate Small-Scale Breeders

Since 2006 various legislators in New Jersey have tried to enact a law to regulate breeders who sell more than five puppies per year or have more than two breeding dogs. The latest is out of the Assembly, sponsored by Assemblyman Timothy J. Eustace (D) of Paramus, N.J. A736 was introduced on Jan. 10, 2012,… read more

stop sopa


While I don’t normally get political in my public writings, I feel obliged to join the hundreds of thousands of on line information providers in protesting our federal government’s attempt to censor the Internet. Pending before your US House of Representative is a bill known as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Your US Senate… read more

Dogs Freakin' Rule!

Your Dream Starts Today

Today marks the forty-ninth anniversary of one of the pivotal moments in American history. “I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation,” said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as the opening statement to his “I Have… read more

Federal PUPS Legislation Information Update

The American Kennel Club and our Washington, D.C.-based advocacy team continue to closely monitor the federal Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) legislation introduced last spring as Senate Bill 707 (S.707) and House Bill 835 (H.R. 835). Each of the bills has been assigned to the Agriculture Committees of their respective chambers. To date, no… read more

2011 Legislative Successes

The following list provides some of the highlights of AKC Government Relations’ (AKC GR) legislative successes through November 8, 2011. Other victories not included in this list have been won by other AKC federations, clubs, and responsible dog owners and breeders around the country who continue to work tirelessly to promote positive canine legislation in… read more

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