The American Kennel Club (AKC) calls itself â€œThe Dogâ€™s Championâ€ yet it has a dirty little secret: the AKC protects cruel puppy mills by actively working against puppy mill legislation that would create basic standards of care for dogs in commercial breeding facilities.
View this video about ABC Newsâ€™ investigation into the â€œ…disgusting conditions and sick dogs at AKC-approved facilitiesâ€:
In fact, the AKC is now fighting House Bill 159 in North Carolina that would require the same standards of care that the AKC already promotes to all its member breeders!
Click here to sign our petition that tells the AKC to Stop Protecting Puppy Mills and help support HB 159 to mandate humane standards of care for dogs in commercial breeding facilities.
So, why is the AKC trying to stop this bill…?
The bulk of the AKCâ€™s $64.7 million in annual revenue comes from the registration fees they collect on breeding dogs and new litters. Humane investigators say a significant part of AKC annual revenues come from puppy mills that breed dogs en masse for maximum profit and with little regard for basic living standards.
Dogs used for mass breeding in such puppy mills typically live out their whole lives in cramped, filthy cages, without adequate veterinary care, proper exercise or socialization.
An in-depth investigation by the New York Times gives multiple accounts thatÂ show theÂ AKC is complicitous withÂ commercial breeders in the industrial abuse and neglect of breeding dogs:
The A.K.C. inspected the kennel of Joseph and Cynthia Williams in Wilson, N.C., months before the police raided it. On May 17, 2012, an A.K.C. inspector said that the 34 Great Danes and mastiffs under the Williamsesâ€™ care were in â€œacceptableâ€ conditions, with only 2 of the 15 categories marked â€œneeds improvement,â€ for the construction of kennels and signs of â€œuntreated, visible wounds.â€ The A.K.C. inspector found that the Williams kennel over all was â€œin compliance with A.K.C.â€™s Care Conditions Policyâ€ even though the dogs did not have access to daily exercise outside their cages and pens, according to court documents.
Three months later, Wilson County officials seized 28 of the Williamsesâ€™ dogs, a majority of them in â€œpoorâ€ condition, suffering from illnesses, injuries and living in â€œunhealthy conditions,â€ according to court documents. A veterinarian told the court that the rescued dogs had ailments that ranged â€œfrom serious to severeâ€ and that â€œmost of the injuries appeared to be chronic, having been in existence for a substantial period of time.â€
North Carolina has become a haven for puppy mills in the U.S. because itâ€™s one of only a handful of states with NO LAWS GOVERNING COMMERCIAL DOG BREEDING. More puppy mills were busted in North Carolina last year for animal cruelty than in any other state in the U.S.
The AKC says that it wants to â€œprotect the health and well-being of all dogsâ€, but many of the dogs rescued from those puppy mills were AKC-registered and the facilities previously inspected by the AKC.
Clearly, voluntary compliance to humane operating standards by commercial dog breeders doesnâ€™t work. Instead, untold numbers of dogs continually suffer mass cruelty and neglect in unregulated puppy mills, because year after year, the AKC fights legislation that would protect these animals.
Indeed, over the past five years, the AKC has opposed more than 80 state bills designed to provide humane standards of care in puppy mills, including three such bills in NC in the past five years. Plus, for the first time ever, the AKC lobbied to reverse much-needed puppy mill legislation in TN just this year!
The AKC’s greedy crusade to protect puppy mills must end.
Here are fourÂ things you do right now to help:
- Click here to sign our petition and tell the AKC to support HB 159 in North Carolina and mandate its own standards of care to protect dogs from bad breeders.
- Like our â€œAthena the Pissy Kittyâ€ Campaign on Facebook. (Rescued from a NC puppy mill, Athena now needs your help to make a Congressional Scorecard on HB159).
- Email this page to caring friends and family andÂ share with your friends on Facebook.
- Donate to Brother Wolf to supportÂ our effortsÂ againstÂ bulliesÂ like the AKC.