November 2004

Legislative Seminars Help Fanciers Gear Up for 2005
In response to an ever-increasing number of restrictive canine legislation bills on local and state levels, purebred dog owners across the country are banding together to lobby for reasonable animal control laws. As fanciers are called on more and more frequently to reach out to their legislators, many AKC-affiliated clubs and federations are taking the proactive step of holding legislative workshops for their members. These workshops focus on a variety of topics including briefings on hot legislative issues, tips on how to lobby effectively and the importance of working together.

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And the Award Goes to. . .
AKC's Canine Legislation department offers congratulations to the 2004 third quarter Community Achievement Award recipients: the Florida Association of Kennel Clubs, the Long Island Coalition of Dog Fanciers, and the Siberian Husky Club of Greater Cleveland, Inc. The Community Achievement Awards support and recognize outstanding public education and legislation efforts of AKC-affiliated clubs, AKC-recognized federations, and their members. Recipients receive a certificate of recognition and a $1000 to support public education and canine legislation efforts.

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ARKANSAS - McGeehee officials are currently considering revisions to the city's dangerous dog ordinance. AKC sent materials and a letter stating our opposition to breed-specific legislation to the mayor and the board of alderman. The Canine Legislation department will continue to monitor this situation closely, and we encourage local fanciers to do the same.

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Election coverage over the past few weeks has many people talking about who will be the best leaders for our country. Closer to home, the purebred dog fancy already has many strong leaders who are paving the way for positive canine legislation. Read the full article.
Stephanie Lane, Director
Kortni Campbell, Program Administrator
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