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American Kennel Club: Stop COON HUNT for St. Judes

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Originally Posted: March 19, 2012

American Kennel Club: Stop COON HUNT for St. Judes

ACTION

Tell the American Kennel Club (AKC) that it MUST NOT abuse dogs AND raccoons for any fundraising events.

Sign an online petition:
http://www.change.org/petitions/american-kennel-club-stop-coon-hunt-for-st-judes

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

AKC Customer Service
8051 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27617-3390
phone (919) 233-9767 

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phone (212) 696-8260
fax (212) 696-8217

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Raccoons will be hunted for a competition to raise money for St. Judes hospital. The AKC will be using coonhounds for the 'sport' and money will be raised according to kills. Please help us put this to an end.

This will be in April 2012, right during baby season and many young raccoons will be orphaned. We need to let St. judes know that they can use other way to raise money, and let the AKC know that this is not right, and the raccoons are innocent and should not be killed for sport

From American Kennel Club website, April 2007:

Coonhound Events
Decatur County World's Largest Coon Hunt Benefit
for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
April 12-14, 2007 - Parsons, Tennessee

The Decatur County World's Largest Coon Hunt, an AKC-licensed coonhound event, has raised more than $3 million for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. The event raised $208,000 last year alone! The American Kennel Club is committed to the purpose of the event and makes a sizeable annual donation to this very worthy cause. AKC Chairman of the Board Ron Menaker, AKC Vice Chairman of the Board David Merriam, and AKC Chief Operating Officer John Lyons will be on hand on Friday and Saturday at this year's event to present the AKC's annual contribution of $10 thousand to the Decatur County World's Largest Coon Hunt.

The entire AKC organization believes strongly in the work of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and demonstrates that support through an annual employee's fund raiser. This year's effort broke all previous records with AKC employees raising $1800 to be presented to the Decatur County volunteers along with additional contributions to be received at the AKC booth this weekend.


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