This came from the Humane Society of the United States, if you have time
please help out.
As reported in the New York Times on Sunday (3/24), the
American Kennel Club is waging a fierce campaign against the Puppy
Protection amendment to the Farm Bill. It's ironic that the AKC would
strenuously lobby to block these modest - and long-overdue -
improvements to current federal law governing commercial dog breeders.
Even more ironic is the fact that, according to AKC's own figures,
almost 97% of its registrants are not even affected by the federal law -
which exempts those having less than four breeding females - yet the AKC
has disingenuously urged these "hobby breeders" to fight the puppy
amendment. AKC also fails to mention that it actually registers puppy
mills and profits from this relationship. We can't let their
disinformation attacks prevail.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Contact the following two key members of the Farm Bill conference
committee and tell them you hope they'll agree to the Senate's Puppy
Protection amendment without any weakening changes. Let them know that
hobby breeders are exempt from the law, and that the amendment's modest
provisions dealing with socialization, over-breeding, and license
revocation for chronic violators are all urgently needed.
1. Representative Larry Combest (R-TX) - ph: 202/225-2171 /
2. Representative Charles Stenholm (R-TX) - ph: 202/225-0317 /
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