New from the GR Toolbox: Policy Analyses & Canine Legislation Education
In our ongoing effort to help educate clubs, breeders, lawmakers, and the general public about canine legislation, the AKC Government Relations Department continues to add new resources to the Government Relations Toolbox. This month, be sure to access six new issue analyses and articles to help educate you, your clubs, lawmakers, and your community about canine legislation and how AKC works to encourage responsible dog ownership and to protect the rights of responsible dog owners.
Over the past year, the Government Relations Department has been sending out In Session, a quarterly newsletter informing lawmakers about the AKC. The congressional and state versions of In Session always include an in-depth “Issue Analysis” that provides detailed information on a specific hot issue in canine legislation.
We are pleased to offer these as printable documents that you can include in club newsletters, educational seminars, or issue packets for legislators. They are also filled with great talking points to use when communicating on these issues.
Currently there are three Issue Analyses in the Government Relations Toolbox (look for the bold “Articles and Issue Analyses” heading):
- Why Breed-Specific Legislation Doesn’t Work – This article provides in-depth information and anecdotal examples that cite the ineffectiveness and discriminatory nature of BSL and provides suggestions for more positive solutions to dangerous dog-related issues.
- The Value of Responsible Dog Breeders – This analysis answers the question “What is a responsible breeder?” and outlines the dangerous and ineffective trends appearing in breeder regulations. It also provides anecdotal and policy suggestions for better alternatives to both protect the health and welfare of dogs and the rights of responsible breeders.
- Conformation Shows: More Than Just a Pretty Face – This article discusses the importance of conformation dog shows, including the history, basic rules, and the wonderful benefits for dogs and owners. It also includes a brief, supplemental article outlining the economic benefits of dog shows. This is a great article to consider including in a packet for legislators presenting Best in Show awards or speaking at your local club meeting.
Canine Legislation Education
The following articles were originally published in Perspectives, the newsletter for AKC Delegates. We now offer them as printable documents that you can include in newsletters or distribute to colleagues who may have basic questions about canine legislation and the AKC’s role in fighting bad laws:
- Canine Legislation: What is the AKC Doing About It? What Can You Do? – This article answers the basic question “What is the AKC doing to address canine legislation?” and provides an in-depth explanation of the AKC’s role in legislation and the process the Government Relations Department takes when it learns about an issue. It also details how the AKC Government Relations Department can help you fight legislation, and what you can do to help.
- AKC’s Government Relations Department Legislative Analysis Service – This article details the work of the Government Relations Department’s legislative analysis service. It explains how a bill is reviewed and analyzed and how you can take advantage of this service when you have a canine legislative issue in your state or community.
- What To Do When a Bad Bill is Introduced – This feature provides step-by-step instructions on what you as a dog owner can do when you learn about a bad piece of canine legislation introduced in your state or community. It also provides helpful suggestions and insider tips on how to be an effective advocate for canine legislation and responsible dog ownership.
The Government Relations Toolbox provides a wealth of other materials in addition to these analyses and articles that are designed to help educate yourself and others about canine legislation and effectively promote positive dog laws in your community. Be sure to check it regularly for updates.