What’s New from AKC Government Relations

The dog days of summer have been busy for the AKC GR team and other advocates who work to protect the well-being of dogs and the rights of dog owners. Animal lovers from 28 states and the District of Columbia participated in the 2016 AKC Legislative Conference on July 22-24, where they learned about current canine legislative issues and shared information on effective advocacy.

The AKC Government Relations team has also been on the road. Sheila Goffe, Vice President Government Relations met with legislators and candidates at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, where AKC co-hosted a convention event with the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation.

Jennifer Clark, Canine Legislation Manager and Melissa Ferrell, GR Research Analyst represented the AKC at the National Conference of State Legislatures in Chicago, where they hosted a booth and provided information to state legislators and staff from across the U.S. 

Also in August, the AKC Board of Directors approved a new Canine Legislation Position Statement on Pet Choice that takes a strong stand in support of pet choice, education and responsible pet selection as a foundation for successful long-term pet ownership.

In other news, on August 4, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA/APHIS) published proposed updates to its regulations to make them consistent with existing requirements under the federal Animal Welfare Act.  The proposed updates reflect changes that were enacted in early 2014 and do not represent a change in current USDA policy regarding licensing.

Candidates for office are on the campaign trail seeking election in November, and time is growing short to support the campaigns of dog-friendly candidates. Members of AKC clubs are urged to learn more about the AKC PAC and how you can donate.