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West Virginia Introduces Mandatory Spay/Neuter Proposal

A proposal has been introduced in West Virginia that would require the sterilization of all dogs and cats, with very few exceptions. All bills must be considered in committee by the end of this week, so it is important that all who reside or participate in conformation, hunting, performance, or other activities with dogs in… read more

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NJ Action Needed: Hearing Monday Feb 8th On Radical Bill

On Monday, February 8, 2016, the New Jersey Senate Economic Growth Committee will consider Senate Bill 63.  The bill repeals consumer protection laws for pet purchasers, prohibits the sale of dogs unless the transactions are conducted face-to-face, and requires pet shops to sell dogs sourced only from shelters and pounds.  Because SB 63 will ultimately harm… read more

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Words Matter…

The indignant people who have informed me they will call their dog what they want, can’t see the forest for the trees. The animal rights cults have a plan and one of the tools they use is called “incrementalism” – one step at a time, one inch at a time, one bad law at a… read more

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Dog Breeders Should Be More Gay

The animal rights movement is a professional political movement to end all dog breeding.  Dog breeders would be wise to take a lesson from the history of professional political movements, and the gay rights movement is a perfect example.  Dog breeders should be more gay. In the forty-two years between 1973 and 2015 homosexuality went… read more

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The American Kennel Club Appoints Jay W. Waks As Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Law Veteran to Head AKC’s Legal Division New York, NY – The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry, has appointed Jay W. Waks as its Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel. In this new role, Waks will serve as the chief legal officer of the AKC and its entities. He… read more

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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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