WAR GAMES AND AKC POLITICS
The clear chronology
will anger and intrigue you as AKC joins with DDAL and HSUS in support of PAWS
in a blatant betrayal of show and hobby breeders.
June 2016 Update | TheDogPress.com
Barbara J. Andrews, Editor-In-Chief
The dog fancy was stunned when AKC did the double-cross on
the Pet Animal Welfare Statue (PAWS). After pretending to defend against PAWS, AKC
suddenly deserted and joined ranks with the Humane Society Of The U.S. (HSUS) and the Doris Day Animal League (DDAL)
in support of PAWS. The Cat Fancier’s Association (CFA), working with AKC to defeat PAWS, was stunned.
It was the ultimate
war game treachery and the fancy rose up against AKC as had never before happened.
So AKC brought out heavy artillery, not against animal rights, no, it was to quell the opposition. The PR machine was let loose and key people in the fancy were pressured but for once, it didn’t work. In spite of AKC's support of influential politicians, the PEOPLE defeated PAWS!
A wised-up fancy had every reason to feel powerful but no one gloated. We just hugged our dogs and tried to forget what AKC had done to us.
TheDogPress.com warned against complacency. We reminded readers that PAWS was but a stronger version of the previously defeated Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and the red herring Puppy Protection Act (PPA) (ref #1). The cognizant understood that we had vastly underestimated the animal rights strategy.
Having failed to capture the nation with PAWS(ref #2), the Animal Rights army regrouped, examined their mistakes and looked at their options.
Infiltration into local and state government? Accomplished.
Moles tunneled into shelters and humane societies? Done.
All that remained was deeper penetration into AKC to further compromise leadership and gain new allies.
So, vastly more empowered and with donations pouring in, the Animal
Army concentrated its troops on a carefully selected target. California is the fourth largest economy in the world. It
has a lot of politicians hungry for campaign contributions. AKC, the world’s largest dog registry, holds its Signature Show in Long Beach (ref #3). The Golden State is the dog (and cat) show capitol of the world; thus the most significant place
for animal terrorists to pull off a major coup! CA 1634 (ref #4) would virtually eliminate hobby breeders,
insuring national success as it spread across the country.
The following chronology reveals a
battle strategy unseen and unmatched by any of us. Following defeat of the 2001 Santorum-Whitfield Animal
Welfare Act (AWA) things quieted down a bit, but then…
April 26, 2004 - HSUS appoints Wayne Pacelle
as VP and new CEO to replace retiring Paul Irwin. A committed
animal rights activist, Pacelle went into high gear, his target;
26, 2005 - Senator Santorum (R-PA) ii introduced PAWS - instant information with
co-sponsor Dick Durbin (D-IL) and supported in the House by Gerlach
(R-PA) and Farr (D-CA).
4, 2005 - Bob Kane (SAOVA) noted “I was
flabbergasted to learn that AKC personnel drafted extensive
portions of this (PAWS) legislation.”
27, 2005 – With popularity plummeting, overwhelmed by
letters, Santorum says he’ll “convene a hearing” for technical
revisions to the PAWS bill.
2005 – AKC runs full page ads in NY Times urging support of
September 2005 Dr. Jim Holt,
AKC lobbyist for PAWS, agrees to debate legislative expert Cindy
Cooke in Raleigh NC, then chickens out.
November 8, 2005 Santorum sets up and chairs hearing for the Ag.
Comm. Subcommittee. Among others, he invites AKC and HSUS to
support his agenda.
2006 Santorum visits AKC corporate offices where he picks up
$29,000 in contributions from the AKC board, with Chairman Ron Menaker
coughing up $20,000.
June 2006 - We tied the knot
between AKC’s involvement in the microchip
industry (ref #5), the National Animal Identification System (NAIS),
billions of never-ending dollars per year, politics, and Fred
October 2006 – TheDogPlace poll results - 93% of the dog fancy
is adamantly opposed to PAWS.
Result: PAWS DIED in the 109th Congress and Senator Santorum was defeated
in his senatorial reelection bid.
Summer 2007, Animal Rights
armies conquered Albuquerque, Denver, and Louisville, moved on to hit
hard in OH, NJ, and PA and HB 1634 passed the
California Assembly and moved to the Senate!
kept the wraps on its strategy. Hobby
breeders don’t know the legislative score unless they
to TheDogPress.com or belong to
a list brave enough to reprint our sobering
facts. Clubs are financially strapped, unable to mount an
effective defense and can't do the marketing strategy which AKC refuses to
And now incredibly, AKC, competing for donation
dollars, is asking the public to donate to its new Canine Legislation
Registrations Plummet - We have seen AKC registrations steadily decline
marking the end of the era. Show
entries are dismally down and it isn’t just gas prices. Dog food
companies did the only “marketing” for purebreds (AKC never
has!) but now suddenly, they too are pushing shelter dogs. The
public is turned off on purebreds, taking PETA's advice and
adopting a mutt from a shelter. AKC is pushing credit
cards, pet insurance, puppy mill advertising, and selling its
name for contradictory causes but still paying those
presidential salaries and still raking in over $50 million per year from "other
interests" and planning even more revenue streams.
AKC is preparing to announce formation of the AKC PAC, solicit more donations, and in violation of its own bylaws,
push for acceptance of “crossbreds.”
Make no mistake - the pundits are wrong when they say we have
never had to fight an enemy on our own soil. We fought for our
right to own the breed of our choice but from shore to shore, Americans
have lost that battle. Now we fight for a way of
life; the right to make decisions about our own interests and hobbies, the right to be free
of oppressive taxation, and the right to be fairly and honestly