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Dire Trouble For The New York Carriage Horses. It’s Hitting The Fan…

A sad and urgent story to report. Somewhat myopically, I thought the carriage horse fight had been won. The truth is that the effort to ban the horses was stopped, but I didn’t realize how much of  a disconnected ideologue the mayor is or how little he cares about animals or the democratic process.  Do… read more

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2015 Legislative Successes For Dog Owners and Breeders

There is no doubt that this country loves dogs.  This is particularly evident as we see an increasing number of proposals every year that address cruelty, breeding, breed-specific regulations, treatment of service dogs, and a myriad of other canine issues.  In 2015, AKC Government Relations tracked more than 1,700 proposals across the United States that… read more

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Dr. Arnold Goldman, CT Federation of Dog Clubs Win 2015 Bebout Legislative Leadership Award

The American Kennel Club is pleased to announce that Dr. Arnold L. Goldman, DVM, MPH and the Connecticut Federation of Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners have been named winners of the 2015 Bebout Memorial Award for Leadership in Canine Legislation. Together with the Connecticut Federation, of which he is a trustee, Dr. Goldman and… read more

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A World Without the AKC?

It’s time to start thinking about a world without the American Kennel Club.  Unless the AKC matches the political machine in every state capital put there by the Humane Society of the United States, it’s only a matter of time until the great ship that is the AKC sinks below the waves. It is not… read more

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Perspectives – One Dog, or 100, All Dogs Deserve Kindness and Great Care

The American Kennel Club (AKC) is a not-for profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the advancement of purebred dogs as family companion and the health and wellbeing of all dogs. For more than 130 years, AKC has been recognized worldwide as the expert on purebred breeding and all aspects of responsible dog ownership. The AKC is… read more

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Ask MA Committee to Support Ban on Insurance Breed Discrimination

The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Financial Services is scheduled to consider a bill on November 10 that would protect responsible dog owners by prohibiting insurance companies that offer homeowners insurance from refusing, cancelling, or imposing an increased premium on clients due to the specific breed of dog(s) kept on the property. Summary: Senate Bill 501,… read more

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Massachusetts Update: More Bills Added to Committee Agenda for October 28th

Last week, AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) published information regarding the upcoming meeting of the Joint Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Committee of the Massachusetts legislature.  Since then, additional bills have been added to the committee’s agenda.  Two of the newly-added bills, SB 443 and HB 634, may prove problematic.  AKC GR encourages all concerned… read more

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Michgan Committee to Discuss Shelter, Possible Breeder Regulations on 10/21

The Michigan House Regulatory Reform Committee is scheduled to take public testimony on Wednesday, October 21, on a bill that as introduced creates numerous new regulations regarding shelter intake and release of dogs and cats.  The agenda for the hearing also indicates that the bill may include provisions “to include large-scale commercial dog breeders.” Summary:… read more

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Sweden Joins China WDS Row

THE SWEDISH Kennel Club (SKK) has joined its Norwegian counterpart in condemning the holding of the World Dog Show 2019 in China. While striking out at the Federation Cynologique Internationale’s threat of sanctions against the Norwegian Kennel Club (NKK) it has also taken the opportunity to attack the FCI’s decision-making processes, saying that member countries… read more

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"ALL PETS MATTER," says Responsible Pet Owners Alliance of Texas

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Aug. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Anytime there is an animal related incident, the first outcry is “There oughtta’ be a law!” Although laws already exist, more regulations are passed in response that exacerbate problems and result in more pets surrendered to animal shelters – not less.  New laws run the gamut:  Mandatory… read more

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