This page is dedicated to informing those in our community about pending or passed legislation and AKC communications that affect dog care, management, exhibition, and overall ownership. The postings on this page do not necessarily represent the opinions of WCKC or our individual members. Nor does WCKC follow or endorse any particular political party, candidate, or cause. What we do endorse is responsible dog ownership, care, and management, and stand behind any responsible actions dedicated to furthering the sport of purebred dogs. If you know of an issue of which you believe we should be aware, please contact us and fill us in. Thanks…

A Message to the Sport

Thursday, March 26, 2024 (Transcribed) Dear American Kennel Club fanciers, The entire American Kennel Club Board of Directors and staff condemn alleged criminal conduct by any participant in our sports, and we will continue to examine ways to strengthen our oversight. We are committed to the well-being of every fancier, young or old, and will investigate every complaint that is received. If you witness or suspect wrongful behavior, it should be reported to the police immediately. If at an AKC event and you need assistance, contact the AKC representative or Event Chair.   AKC is a welcoming community because we believe in sharing and celebrating the joy of dog sports together. We must treat others with dignity and respect while looking out for one another. There is nothing more important than safety for everyone who takes part. AKC leadership and staff monitor events and are trained with abuse awareness and prevention courses from the U.S. Center for SafeSport. ®   Please feel free to contact me with any concerns or allegations about improper conduct at AKC events. We are here to assist. Dennis B. Sprung President & CEO, AKC 516-637-6567 cell 212-696-8327 office dbs@akc.org

US Senate: Goldie’s Act Allows for Seizure of Dogs for Undefined “Psychological

Harm” – Oppose Now

Monday, March 25, 2024 Dear Club Officers, Legislative Liaisons and Delegates, please share this alert immediately with club members and other dog enthusiasts. Late last week, Goldie’s Act (HR 1788/S 4033), was introduced in the U.S. Senate. This harmful bill: Redefines “violations” of the federal Animal Welfare Act; Allows for immediate seizure or euthanasia of animals suffering from “psychological harm”, a term it does not define; Removes distinctions between minor non-compliances such as paperwork errors and animal care violations. AWA enforcement emphasis should be on the health and welfare of animals; Requires posting of images of violations on a publicly accessible database; and Undermines the property rights of responsible breeders. For more information about this legislation…

Extremist Bill to Criminalize Some Breeders Voted Down by Committee

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 The American Kennel Club (AKC) is pleased to report that, this morning, the New Hampshire House Environment and Agriculture Committee voted House Bill 1102 as “Inexpedient to Legislate.”  This means that it is the committee’s recommendation that the bill should not be approved.  HB 1102 is a radical bill that seeks to describe brachycephaly as a “birth deformity that causes suffering” and would criminalize the sale and breeding of brachycephalic dogs and any dog that could be claimed to have a birth deformity.  AKC, the New Hampshire Dog Owners of the Granite State (NH DOGS), the New Hampshire Veterinary Medical Association, representatives of numerous parent clubs, and many other individuals and organizations expressed opposition to HB 1102.  Click here to read more about AKC’s opposition to HB 1102.  For further information about this legislation…  
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