AKC PAPERS OUTRAGE!
Viewers are told, during televised tuxedo events such as Westminster Dog Show, that owning an AKC registered dog is a guarantee that you have a purebred dog.
August 2006 | TheDogPress.com
Gini Addamo, Dog Show Reporter
Really? Even if that statement were true,
which I believe we all know it isn’t, can and will the American Kennel Club also
state that the AKC papers that come with the dog are guaranteed to be accurate?
Anything less is outright fraud.
Why do hardworking people, the backbone
of dog shows, continue to make those $25.00 entry fees week after week that
include the AKC fee? Why do diligent people still study pedigrees and genetics
in planning for their new litters? Why do they continue to pay more money to
register litters and then pay even more money to individually register the
puppies? Are you indignant now and want to say, “because we love dog shows and
we care about our breeding programs!”
My response to that is I believe the AKC
has you right where they want you as they laugh all the way to the bank. The
AKC's main purpose was to maintain the integrity of the studbook and they have
failed. The validity of the AKC Stud Book is challenged as fraudulent at worst
or poorly kept puppy mill records at best. So why do people still buy into the
myth? Where did common sense go?
The American Kennel Club seems to have
made their “tuxedo” television spectacles a top priority. Ask yourselves, why
does a dog registry find the need to sell dog toys, treats, etc.? Is there a
shortage of pet stores throughout the nation? Do you think that most breeders
want AKC selling dog supplies or are they more concerned about the AKC’s lack of
willingness to insure the integrity of the studbook? Is there anyone who still
believes the AKC cares about the validity of the studbook?
Where is our outrage when the AKC rejects
DNA and eyewitness
evidence of studbook fraud? How can the American Kennel Club
promote the integrity of a studbook they know is fraudulent? Where was the
outrage when the AKC wrote to “high volume” breeders and offered to waive late
fees to encourage registration of pathetic dogs and bitches whose sole value is
their sperm and ovaries and their future get? How many ethical and responsible
AKC's Cut-rate Invitation to puppy mills?
Where's the outrage when the AKC states
that they are “mindful” of our constitutional right of freedom of speech, yet
they still dole out excessive punishment when they don’t like what you say?
Judges, where is your outrage regarding the AKC Conflict of Interest policy?
Isn’t the noose tight enough yet? Now they have taken control of your judging
for any organization outside of the AKC.
What can judges do? Do judges have any
power over the AKC that licenses them? Sure they do! They don’t have to judge.
What a breath of fresh air for all of us if judges would unite and make a stand
in defense of the sport of dogs. Have judges had enough yet? Or are judges part
of the problem? Have the politics gone so deep that judges are “playing the
game” as long as they are paid their assignment fees (about $400.00+ per
assignment)? (editor's note: that amount has more than doubled in 2015) What
more will it take for judges to unite and lead the way?
What about the delegates? The AKC seems
to be taking all of their rights away. Are they going to sit there and let it
happen? A couple of suggestions that I received from a reader: “It's simple, get
two or more delegates (member clubs) to sue AKC for misrepresentation and fraud
in the keeping of the stud-books, for instance. Or get a significant number of
member club delegates to complain to their congress-persons . IF a bunch of
delegates wanted to take action they could ask NY AG Spitzer, who legally
belongs to every NY non-profit (its a social club NOT a charity) to demand legal
compliance, enjoin against further actions, seek court supervision etc.”
Are there any delegates outraged enough
to unite? Delegates do have power; will they wield it? Will they go out on a
limb on behalf of dogs and the hard working people that are the backbone of the
sport? Or will the delegates be cowards and cover their own asses for political
What about breeders? What power do
breeders have? Breeders don’t have to register with the AKC. There are other
registries. After the Petland deal, do you think the AKC cares about you? After
all the studbook fraud, do you think they care about your breed? It’s my opinion
that the AKC believes that they are untouchable. Is it true? Are they
untouchable? It’s up to you. Think about it and what it means when you make that
entry or register a litter.
What about the Petland deal? Does anyone
believe for one second the spin that came from AKC? When it looked like AKC was
backing away from the Petland Pet Shops, Ron Menaker stated, “AKC's Board of
Directors and management believed that this agreement would have helped to
further the mission of the AKC. Promoting responsible dog ownership to new puppy
owners, implementing our care and conditions policies, and exposing more dog
owners to AKC educational programs and services would have had even greater
reach.” Are you kidding?!! Who believes this? (editor's note: We didn't and thus
uncovered a terrible betrayal against dedicated breeders -
AKC's PRIME - special
pet shop point-of-sale registration software.)
For your reference the AKC’s Mission is
this: "The American Kennel Club is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its
Registry, [emphasis mine] promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for
type and function. Founded in 1884, the AKC® and its affiliated organizations
advocate for the purebred dog as a family companion, advance canine health and
well-being, work to protect the rights of all dog owners and promote responsible
How would the Petland deal accomplish any
of the above?
Why don’t they just admit that the whole
scheme was for making more money? It’s all about the money. We already know,
based on evidence presented in The Dog Press, that dedication to the integrity
of the Registry is a farce. The mission statement states they are to promote
breeding for type and function. Does that mean they want to encourage the
breeding of these pet store dogs? What else could it mean if this deal with Petland was based on furthering the mission of the AKC? How many believe that
the AKC would make a serious effort to encourage the proud new owners of an
“AKC” puppy (future litter registration money) to spay and neuter their puppy?
Does the AKC want these puppies entered in dog shows?
How many of you have heard of people
contacting the AKC with evidence of pedigree/registration fraud or poor breeding
practices and the response is “we’re just a registry.” It seems they are a
registry when it is convenient. AKC is the white knight trying to promote
responsible dog ownership only when it’s convenient. It seems that whatever
position makes them the most money, that’s the one they take. How much money has
the AKC spent fighting breed specific legislation? How much money has the AKC
spent encouraging puppy buyers to buy from a reputable breeder? (Are pet store
suppliers now considered reputable breeders?) How much money has the AKC spent
educating the public on the pros and cons of buying a pet store puppy versus a
well-bred puppy from a reputable breeder? How much money has the AKC spent
during the holidays discouraging people from buying “Christmas” puppies? Where
is the outrage?
I believe that the people at the AKC have
forgotten that the AKC is a dog registry. I believe the people at the AKC have
exaggerated opinions of themselves, which, by the way I believe explains their
arrogance. One delegate stated at the September meeting, that she had confidence
in this board. There should be NO confidence in this board. One delegate at this
same meeting stated that they loved the AKC. What is lovable about the current
AKC? The AKC alleges they want to be mindful of the first amendment but then
punishes when they don’t like what you say, they want to control judges’ dog
activities that are not directly AKC, they want to make deals with pet stores,
they have dropped the ball on the stud book, really, what is lovable about the
current AKC? Seriously, where is the outrage?
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