Guest blogger this week!
AKC Legislative Liason
Pekingese Club of America
I was fortunate to attend AKC’s Legislative Conference in Raleigh, NC, this year as the Pekingese Club of America’s legislative liaison to AKC. I attended the last one two years ago and was pleasantly surprised to see how proactive AKC has become in the meantime. Obviously the drop in purebred registrations caught their attention! We, of course, have seen how changes in laws have impacted purebred breeders.
Recently I have seen fewer bills introduced at the state level and more at the local level. I have watched this happen in my own county. Luckily, Virginia has a very proactive Federation of Dog Clubs and Breeders (VFDCB) and we work with the American Kennel Club Government Relations office to prepare position papers so we can have as much leverage as possible on the county level.
I am happy to say that on the state level our VFDCB was able to tighten the “Good Samaritan” bill which would have allowed any citizen to break into a car if he or she believed that the pet in the car was in danger from the elements. After hearing about the unintended consequences that could occur if an untrained person were to break a window, the Virginia General Assembly enacted a law that said that only first responders (firemen, police, animal control, etc.) can break into a car to remove a pet in distress and be granted immunity. Almost everyone has a cell phone today and it is very easy to dial 911. In my county the average response time is under four minutes. This way there will be no stolen dogs, dogs who escape, injured dogs, or people who are bitten.
With the November elections fast approaching, the biggest concern is that candidates are using the terminology “animal welfare/protection/rights”. This fogs the intent of the animal rights extremists (ARistas) agenda and causes the general public to be confused and to not understand what’s behind the terminology and agenda being touted. This is probably the situation many of the candidates for public office find themselves in. They subscribe to the philosophy because it’s useful to their own personal goals of accruing endorsements and donations from large groups of voters.
The fact that the ARistas now use both terms interchangeably is a deliberate move to obscure the true intent of their agenda. Now we need to understand the “final solution” implied and how agencies such as HSUS/ASPCA and their affiliates work to manipulate the message and con well-intentioned people into thinking they’re advocating for similar outcomes.
If you have not already done so, this would be a great time to support the AKC PAC! This is the biggest weapon we as purebred dog breeders and pet owners have. If you are interested in learning more or donating, please go to www.akc.org/pac.