Election Day is just three months away, and the campaign season is heating up. Political pundits project a larger voter turnout than usual for a mid-term election. While the majority of candidates may not be making speeches about canine legislation, it is almost a certainty they will encounter it if elected. It is essential for all responsible dog owners, exhibitors, and breeders to not just vote in November, but to be informed and active during the campaign season.
AKC Government Relations has just unveiled a new handout designed for distribution at club meetings, dog shows, and anywhere dog lovers gather. This one-page, printable handout emphasizes the importance of supporting dog and breeder-friendly candidates in the upcoming elections and the impact it may have on protecting responsible dog owners and breeders’ rights in the future.
In addition to distributing the handout, there are many other things you can do over the next three months to impact the election of dog and breeder-friendly candidates. One of the most important actions is to start researching candidates’ views on canine legislation. Click here to download a printable document of questions to ask candidates. Also review How to Identify Dog-Friendly Candidates from the May 2010 issue of Taking Command. This offers two effective research techniques, plus tips and suggestions on how to ask candidates about canine policy issues. And remember – numbers are important, so be sure to share what you learn about candidates with colleagues, club members, and fellow dog owners so they can also make informed choices for the future of dogs this November.
More Election Resources
Election Essentials- It’s Time to Get Involved – This article from the April 2010 issue of Taking Command provides five actions you can take to make a difference on November 2. We encourage you to consider these when planning upcoming shows and events. Actions such as hosting a voter registration drive will help strengthen the voice of responsible dog owners and breeders on Election Day.
AKC Government Relations Toolbox – This web page is filled with printable resources to help you educate candidates and elected officials about the value and importance of supporting responsible dog breeding, exhibiting, and ownership.