Iowa Senate File 2166, which creates many new dangerous and costly requirements on “commercial breeders” was approved by the Senate Commerce Committee yesterday and could be voted on in the Senate any day.
Current Iowa law defines a "commercial breeder" as someone who sells, exchanges, or leases dogs (or even offers to do so) in return for consideration. Dogs kept for hunting, field trials and dog shows are exempted only if they are not kept for breeding (for example, if you own four intact dogs, participate in a conformation show then provide your dog as a stud dog, you are not exempt).
Iowa residents are strongly encouraged to read AKC’s previous Legislative Alert for more details on how this bill will harm breeders in Iowa.
It is imperative that Iowa dog owners and breeders contact their State Senator TODAY and ask them to oppose Senate File 2166. Click here to find the name and contact information for your State Senator. Contact information for the full Senate can be found here. It is understood that many of the Senators are hearing from outside groups. When you contact them, be sure they know you are an Iowa resident!
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AKC’s Issue Analysis Issue Analysis: The Value of Responsible Dog Breeders
AKC’s Responsible Breeding Practices Issue Brief
AKC Government Relations will continue to provide more information on this bill as it becomes available. Contact AKC GR at (919) 816-3720 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.