American Kennel Club Refuses Participation in and Support of the 2016 World Dog Show Should it be Ho

On behalf of the American Kennel Club, our member clubs, and the American purebred dog fancy, a letter was sent to the FCI refusing to support or partake in the 2016 World Dog Show should it be held in Russia due to the country’s recent proliferation of anti-gay and lesbian laws.

The letter sent states that “one of the most compelling aspects of the human-canine bond – cherished internationally more than ever before – is the fact that our dogs love us unconditionally,” and that dogs do not discriminate. Moreover, “gender, race, sexual orientation and other status do not enter the equation of responsible pet ownership,” the letter continued. We refuse to support competition in an environment where tolerance does not exist. We wanted to share this position with dog lovers and reaffirm that “the international dog community deserves to enjoy the World Dog Show in a place that stands for freedom and equal rights for all.” This week, the FCI General Committe issued a response regarding the recent passage of anti-gay laws, expressing their “deep concern about this situation and about the way it will affect the future of the canine world in Russia.” (http://www.fci.be/GeneralCommittee/20130813AntiGayLaws.aspx)

In their response, the FCI General Committee reaffirmed their identification with Olympic values and ended their response stating, “The FCI General Committee and - as far as we know - dog owners, exhibitors, breeders and handlers, we all strive to organise and participate in events in a world where we would be treated like dogs treat us, without any discrimination. This has been, is and will be one of our supreme mottos.”

You can read the FCI General Committee’s full response here.