|AKC's Canine Legislation Department-Fast Facts From 2005
Thousands of fanciers, Legislative Liaisons, federation members and
responsible dog owners across the country benefited from the AKC Canine
Legislation department’s efforts in 2005. In the past year, the
- Responded to a record-setting 4,000 email inquires to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Posted over 60 legislative alerts to AKC’s Web site.
- Hosted our third annual Lobby Day event in Washington, DC and
expanded this year’s program.
- Cosponsored “Pet Night” on Capitol Hill for Members
of Congress. Lobby Day participants were invited to attend for the first
time this year.
- Launched major federal legislative campaign in support of the
Pet Animal Welfare Statute (PAWS).
- Networked with nearly 12,000 legislators at the National Conference
of State Legislators and National League of Cities Conference.
- Hosted Empowered Action seminars in Syracuse, NY and Houston, TX.
- Updated and enhanced several department resources, including
our Dangerous Dog Information packet and Homeowners’ Insurance Resource Center on the Web.
- Added over 150 new Legislative Liaisons to the program.
Over the course of the year, the Canine Legislation department tracked
over 500 federal, state, and municipal bills and ordinances that would
impact the rights of dog owners. With the help of purebred dog fanciers,
federations, dog clubs and other concerned owners, we took direct action
on hundreds of initiatives. Together we posted several important victories
at the state level, including the defeat of a California bill that would
have prohibited ear cropping; breed-specific bills in Georgia, Illinois
and Oklahoma; and breeding restriction bills in Massachusetts, Vermont
and Virginia. The department also spent many weeks working closely with
federations, clubs and dog owners in Florida, North Carolina and Texas
to oppose overly-restrictive breeding regulations.
On the local level, over 50 percent of the ordinances tracked by AKC
dealt with breed-specific/dangerous dog concerns, up substantially from
2005. Limit laws and breeding restriction proposals made up the bulk
of the remaining initiatives, and interest in dog parks continued to
grow. Unfortunately, so did the number of calls from dog owners dealing
with homeowners’ insurance woes.