Dear AKC Club Member:
The American Kennel Club (AKC) has been protecting the interests of purebred dog owners for 126 years.
Today, as never before, our right to own and breed dogs responsibly is being threatened by the introduction of repressive canine legislation. This year AKC Government Relations has tracked over 1, 200 bills from across the United States that seek to impact the rights of dog owners and breeders. In addition to radical ownership limits, breeding restrictions, spay/neuter mandates, and breed-specific restrictions, some proposals have gone so far as to attempt to regulate all owners of multiple dogs as commercial breeders, regardless of breeding practices. The similarity of these measures from one state to another demonstrates the efforts of a national agenda aimed at taking away our rights to own and breed dogs in a manner consistent with our expertise.
Successfully defending our way of life requires that we all stand up to defend our rights. It also depends on ensuring that lawmakers in office understand our concerns, and are willing to fight for the future of our dogs, our sport, and our way of life. On behalf of the AKC Political Action Committee (AKC PAC), I’m asking for your assistance.
One of the easiest ways we can defend our rights is by supporting the election of candidates who share our interests. Through the AKC PAC, you have the opportunity to join with other purebred dog owners in support of elected officials and candidates who champion AKC’s positions on responsible dog ownership, breeding, and showing, and who will defend dog sports and responsible breeders during these legislative battles. One hundred percent of your contributions go directly to supporting the campaigns of candidates who will help protect our rights.*
The common bond between all dog fanciers is our love of the purebred dog. We have shared interests and a shared responsibility to preserve the right to own and breed dogs. The challenges ahead are daunting, but together with your help, we can ensure that these rights are protected for years to come.
Carl C. Ashby, III
Chairman, AKC PAC Board
* Although the AKC PAC can only accept donations from individuals, clubs can help too by encouraging their members to donate or by supporting AKC legislation activities. For more information contact AKCPAC@akc.org or visit www.akc.org/PAC.
Your Dog. Your Rights. Protect Them Both.
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