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MORE ON THE AKC CORPORATION
I've been ranting about
this for years. Do you think one reason they arbitrarily
stopped publishing the Stud Book is to help hide the increasing
fraud contained therein? Could someone please tell me how they
can justify "keeping" the Stud Book according to their Charter,
while not making it available to dog owners for purchase?
Two Registries? Isn't there some way we can take them to court - they are
possibly a worse monopoly than Microsoft, if not as rich. They
should be forced to be split into commercial registrations
and show breeders registrations - like the phone company
breakup. Since the goals of the two are diametrically opposite!
I wish there were a viable alternative registry.
My friends don't even mention AKC to me any more, for fear of
getting me started! I've never had any real problems with them
myself, it's just the principle of the thing that bugs me. I see
where they are going and just hate it. Starting with the home
invasion inspections a few of my friends were subjected to -
doesn't matter that they had no problems and passed with flying
colors, it was the very idea that I found abhorrent. As far as I
know, even the IRS can't just show up on your doorstep and
demand to see records without probable cause and a warrant. All
they can do is call you in for an audit, and then one can make
an appointment, have an opportunity to get organized and can
have an accountant or attorney present. AKC, like many
corporations, seems to think we have signed away our
constitutional rights by participating in their registry.
Personally, I can't see why we should even have to keep complete
registration records - we pay AKC to do that every time we
register a litter or dog, or enter a show! Not that they do a
very good job of that, it now seems.
Arrogated Rights! Not only do they monopolize the Stud Book and registry, but they
have arrogated many "rights" unto themselves that properly
belong to the parent clubs, such as maintaining the breed
standards and even judge selection. Those functions are not in
their original charter at all, to my knowledge. Now they've
extended their monopolistic reach by forbidding judges to
officiate at other registries shows! I'm not sure how important
that may be, but it doesn't seem right.
Back to the AKC and them wishing all of us show people would
quietly disappear. That is really true - they truly only want us
for the glam marketing front to increase sales and now to
promote their own show. Apparently, they view us as a "loss
leader." In a conversation with someone who was in a high Board
position at AKC for a time about a decade ago, I expressed my
view that AKC should divest itself of the puppy mill
registrations as a conflict of interest, and this person
informed me in no uncertain terms that it was never going to
happen. I was told that show dog income would never be enough
for AKC to survive on (!) and that we show people "consume a
disproportionate amount of the revenue stream" compared to
what we bring in. I knew the writing was on the wall then.
Now they've gone into every profit center they can find, selling
toys, art, jewelry, supplies, microchips, etc, etc, not caring
what impact that may have on the small businesses that cater to
their true customers. All they care about is the bottom line.
And yet they still call themselves a non-profit "club of clubs".
If I were incredibly rich, I would make it my mission in life to
keep them tied up in court, see them broken up into two separate
companies, and stripped of their non-profit status, and maybe
start an alternate registry.
There are still many good solid dog people at AKC, don't get me
wrong. But the general consensus seems to be that small show
dog breeders are not AKC's real focus any more. They spend more
time litigating against us than helping us, while extending
discounts and perks to the high-volume puppy mills. Gone are the
days of the full page AKC ad in the 1885-1934 Anniversary Book
of American Fox Terrier Club, which encouraged one to:
"Bring your problems to THE AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB whose privilege
and duty it is to serve all, owners of pure-bred dogs."
Unfortunately, the only way we will ever take back AKC is to use
the tactics of the animal rights organizations - infiltrate.
We'd have to get real dog people slowly in to positions of
authority, as delegates, as vice-presidents and directors, until
we could vote out the policies we deplore. But that can take
decades, and I think we may not have that much time before the
sport we know is gone, not only due to AKC neglect of the Stud
Book and other abuses, but because of the legislative onslaughts
and the general aging of the Fancy.
For More Articles
by Virginia O'Connor:
An Overview on the AKC/Petland Contract
Information on AKC Corporation go to:
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