Editorial - Freedom Today? July
A Comparison of
Freedom Today vs...
Our freedom to own purebred dogs
is challenged across the nation - and while our soldiers earn
purple hearts we chase purple ribbons.
July 2008 / As we reflect on issues of Freedom,
we're we’re bombarded by political messages which are too much about the candidates and too little about
our Constitutional freedom.
So this 4th
of July I decided to compare previous Independence Day editorials
with what has changed and what hasn’t.
“(TheDogPress) … will not duck the tough issues in order to serve the media
master …the sport is in trouble and that means dogs are in
trouble.” "We need leadership that is for
dogs, not for profit and we desperately need a unified front to
protect the rights of dog owners. Thinking ‘it won’t affect me’
is like planning a litter of foxhounds and ordering your hunt
outfit from England!’”
observed “…registries are not yet working together on the
biggest problems which threaten dog owners. People still think PETA is wonderful and the “humane society” is like grandma’s
apple pie!” That hasn’t changed.
Imports / Chinese KC?
editorial: "... Chinese imports brought in to
satisfy the demand for purebred dogs? AKC keeps implying that
show breeders are not able to meet demand, therefore it is okay
for puppy mills to exist!" Lana
Tsan, President of the China Kennel club is on our Science and
Advisory Board. ... Lana says despite AKC’s claim of “overwhelming growth”
there has been negligible increase in sales to the states. So
ask yourself - why does ACK want us to believe that
puppy mills can’t supply enough dogs for the American
people? This may be but the tip of the iceberg and we’ll stay on
have had just about enough of China even if their pets weren’t
poisoned by melamine dog food imports and even if they
don’t know how China has our stock market in a strangle hold.
In spite of all that, AKC did a deal with a handful of wealthy
Chinese dog breeders. How does a
global registry with a country still in the dark ages of
pedigree and genetics help dedicated breeders in America?
2005 editorial ended with “the sound of Freedom is like a
worry-gnat buzzing ‘round your ear. You swat the air and hope
the annoyance goes away. It won’t.” And it hasn’t.
Mills, Petland Contract, Mutts in AKC Shows:
The Delegates stood against AKC’s proposed deal with
Petland and it was rescinded in 2006. Today most are betting that the proposed “listing” of
mutts for competition in AKC performance events will lead to
further degradation of AKC’s Bylaws which stress “purebred” dogs
in AKC events. Is this a way around the Petland fiasco? Who
We still have
the onslaught of AA legislation and we have to wonder why AKC
doesn’t tell the legislators that there is no “overpopulation
problem”? That in fact, shelters import dogs from Islands and Asian countries in order to fill public demand?
Now we learn of the pipeline to/from China. When it comes
to $$$, AKC has no more national pride than any other corporaton
- China is monopolizing the OPEC oil market and preparing to
drill off the coast of Miami Beach while Congress diverts our
attention to arguments about ANWAR.
2006, we broke the story on the
on that pesky free speech thing. The editorial was rather
upbeat, ending with “We are the people who elect Delegates who
represent us to the governing body. That is why we celebrate our
Declaration Of Independence.
For those who find the seat getting hard, the fireworks too
long delayed and thunder rumbling in the distance, remember
where you live. When you celebrate next week, let it be about ‘Liberty
and justice for all.’
So as the
politicians like to say, are we better off today? Well, let’s
look at that. We’re afraid to have our addresses in the
catalogs. We dare not speak out against our governing body.
We’re afraid to admit we are “breeders” because PETA and HSUS
have made that a dirty word in the American language and AKC
hasn’t helped “US” with an equal amount of marketing in a
Delegates who might as well live in China because they are too
busy dodging tanks (see 2006 editorial
To Stop A Tank) to
represent those who elected them.
We have judges
who know a good dog when they see one but are too politically
aligned to award one not owned or backed by the correctly
connected. Other judges who have exercised their right to free
speech are charged with violating an all-encompassing code of
something called “sportsmanship.”
knows? That could turn into a story demanding Freedom Of The
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