Columns: No Margins, No Limits, No Kidding!
MORE ON THE AKC CORPORATION
by Virginia O’Connor
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.
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.
"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:
For More Information on AKC Corporation go to:
Scot McNeal's - And Still MORE on the AKC Corporation
Read short blurb in Miami Herald re: Buying dog/puppy with AKC papers and why.
DoodleDog's pup is not great with snail mail yet but if you copy and PASTE THIS LINK into a REGULAR email message, then from your own contacts list, select as many recipients as you want this puppy can handle it! He's his daddy's boy - trained to help you share the news.... and he's a keeper!
If it's hot and it's documented, send it to Media@TheDogPress.com