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7 April 2002
Puppymill Protection Act

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Hello All,
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.

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 /
fax: 202/225-0917
2. Representative Charles Stenholm (R-TX) - ph: 202/225-0317 /
fax: 202/225-8510

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