AKC Taking Command - a publication of the AKC Government Relations Department
February 2014
New in the GR Toolbox: Updated State Economic Impact Statistics and AKC Position Statements

AKC GR is pleased to announce that updated information is now available in the online AKC Government Relations Toolbox

AKC GR’s State Economic Impact Statistics have been updated and are available as downloadable flyers.  Click here , then click on your state for information on the number of AKC clubs, events, entries, and potential spending by exhibitors at events in your state.

Revised AKC Canine Legislation Position Statements on public transportation for dogs and animal terrorism are now available. AKC’s position statements are reviewed and updated on an on-ongoing basis by the Board of Directors and serve as the foundation for AKC’s positions on legislation or other public policy initiatives. 

  • AKC’s expanded position statement, “Public Transportation for Dogs”, expresses the AKC’s support for allowing pets to travel by rail and encourages public transit authorities that ordinarily do not allow pets on their facilities to allow people to evacuate with their pets or to bring pets on public transportation services during times of natural disaster or other emergencies. In times of emergency, many pet owners will not evacuate from dangerous situations because they do not want to leave their pets behind. The AKC believes that allowing pet owners to evacuate with their pets will help ensure the safety of individuals and their pets in emergency situations.
  • The updated position statement, “Animal Terrorism”, clarifies the AKC’s commitment to the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA)—the 2006 federal law that makes acts of violence and intimidation against animal enterprises a federal crime—and expands AKC’s policy position to oppose acts including “intimidation” and those directed at breeders and other animal entities targeted by animal extremists.

All AKC Canine Legislation Position Statements can be viewed in the AKC Government Relations Toolbox, or you can click here for a summary.

Be sure to visit the AKC GR Toolbox often for the latest materials you can download and print for legislative battles, community and dog-related events, and club meetings to help educate others about the importance of promoting and protecting responsible dog ownership and breeding.