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June 13, 2007
FICTION: AKC's opposition to AB 1634 ceased with the adoption of amendments which provide an exemption for dogs traveling to California for competition.

June 14, 2007
FICTION: Moving the upcoming 2007 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship from Long Beach is a tactic that will help us defeat AB 1634.


June 13, 2007

FICTION: AKC's opposition to AB 1634 ceased with the adoption of amendments which provide an exemption for dogs traveling to California for competition.

FACT: These comments are completely without merit. AKC continues to steadfastly oppose AB 1634 and our commitment to working to defeat this ill conceived legislation has never wavered. Chairman Ron Menaker and President Dennis Sprung specifically address this issue in their letter to the Appropriations Committee. The full letter is on our website, but the relevant portions are cited below.

Additionally, the allegation that AKC ceased lobbying against the bill is patently untrue. AKC's lobbyist has continued to meet with legislators and their staffs over the past few weeks to educate them about the bill and the reasons for AKC's strong opposition.

Since the Appropriations Committee vote in mid-May, the AKC Canine Legislation department has been concentrating efforts on particular members of the legislature who we felt were key to the bill's defeat. We worked directly with their constituents to educate them about the bill. The effectiveness of this strategy is borne out by the fact that the representatives who were targeted were the ones who either voted No on AB 1634 or abstained during the first vote. It then took the author approximately 10 hours on the floor and behind closed doors in the private caucus to convince those members who abstained to change their votes. It is truly rare for that many members of the majority party to vote No on a bill sponsored by a majority party member. The fact that the bare minimum of votes needed for passage is all that was provided should be viewed as a reflection of our hard work and effectiveness.

Our Communications Department is also working diligently and in concert with local fanciers to voice our opposition to AB 1634 in the news media. AKC spokespersons have conducted numerous interviews and we have begun a "Letter to the Editor" campaign. We are ramping up to demonstrate our commitment to public education with dozens of AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day events in California.

The American Kennel Club will continue in its unwavering effort to oppose AB 1634 as it moves forward in the legislative process. For updates about the bill's status, sample letters, talking points and flyers please visit our California Action Center. Questions and concerns can be sent to Doglaw@akc.org.

EXCERPT FROM LETTER TO APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

"We understand that Assemblyman Levine has amended the bill to provide an exemption to residents from other states that travel to California with their intact animals. While we appreciate the practical implications of that exemption, passage of the bill will negatively impact attendance at California dog shows. Show participants do not want to spend money in a state or jurisdiction that has adopted anti-dog or anti-breeding legislation. A perfect example of that occurred at our Kentuckiana Dog Show Cluster this year.

In January of 2007, the Louisville Metro Council adopted a new animal control ordinance that includes severe restrictions on the keeping of intact animals, extreme differential licensing and a requirement that any breeder with more than one intact animal purchase a $300 license. The reaction of the dog fancy was dramatic.

The Kentuckiana Cluster, the largest cluster of dog shows in the United States, is held in Louisville. In 2007, entries in the cluster were down 40% from where they should have been. Additionally, the Louisville Kennel Club conducted a survey of exhibitors and vendors who did attend the show and found that almost 60% of the exhibitors said passage of the ordinance had a negative affect on the show. Seventy-one percent of the exhibitors refused to stay in Jefferson County (thereby denying the county hotel sales tax revenue) and 14 out of 15 vendors at the show said their sales were down and blamed the ordinance. Seventy-five percent of the money spent on the show was intentionally spent outside of Jefferson County. Dog show attendees clearly demonstrated a desire not to provide tax revenue to a county government that so clearly attacked their animals.

Even if California shows experienced only a thirty percent drop, the state and local governments would lose significant tax revenues and local businesses such as hotels, restaurants and shops will lose millions.

As we mentioned in our previous letter, the Long Beach Convention and Visitor's Bureau estimates that our AKC/Eukanuba National Championship generated $21.7 million for the local economy. The show is currently scheduled to return to Long Beach in December of 2007 and in 2008, but passage of AB 1634 would make that very difficult, even with an exemption for out-of-state participants."


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June 14, 2007

FICTION: Moving the upcoming 2007 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship from Long Beach is a tactic that will help us defeat AB 1634.

FACT: Cancellation of the show at this point would be tantamount to surrendering to those who would eliminate dog breeding and the sport of purebred dogs in California. In order to most effectively support the responsible dog owners and fanciers in California in their fight against AB 1634, we need to continue to be active in the state.

In his June Chairman's Report, Ron Menaker said, "The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship is scheduled to be held in Long Beach in December 2007 & 2008. Although we have considered making Long Beach the permanent home, I have communicated to both the Mayor of Long Beach and to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger that enactment of AB 1634 would make that impossible." You can read the full text of this report.

AKC will not abandon our opposition to this bill. Moving our show at this point is premature, however if the bill becomes law, will not hesitate to do so in the future. Notwithstanding the fact that our event alone brings $21.7 million to the City of Long Beach, AKC events held throughout California generate well over $110 million annually for local economies. In the event of AB 1634 becoming law, revenue from our ongoing events would likely be shifted to the neighboring states of Oregon, Nevada and Arizona

In regards to the city of Long Beach, Assembly members Karnette and Richardson were initially committed to opposing the bill; however, after 10 hours of lobbying, Asm. Levine was able to convince them to reverse their vote. While we are deeply disappointed by this action, we should not forget that representatives of the City of Long Beach, the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Long Beach Police Officers Association, the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, as well as a wide variety of business leaders within Long Beach have allied themselves with the AKC to stop AB 1634. AKC looks forward to working with the State Senate and specifically the Senators from Long Beach to defeat AB 1634.

It is also important to remember that the bill is only halfway through the legislative process. Now in the State Senate, we expect it to be assigned to a policy committee soon. Once that information is available we will post an update and ask fanciers and concerned dog owners to contact the members of that committee. Right now it is absolutely vital that Californians contact their State Senator and express their opposition to AB 1634. Legislators are most interested in hear from their constituents!

To find out who represents you in the State Senate, and to locate sample letters and talking points, please visit our CA Action Center.

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