AKC GAZETTE June 2020
Cardigan Welsh Corgi Breed Column
Unless you have been sitting in rush-hour traffic for too long and have lost all touch with reality, particularly in the world of purebred dogs, you undoubtedly have come across the acronym PAC. In the currently turbulent world of the dog sport, this stands for the Political Action Committee. Quoting from the AKC itself, here is information on this group and what it does:
“The American Kennel Club has taken the lead in supporting legislation across the country that protects the rights of responsible dog owners. The AKC Political Action Committee gives us an additional tool with which to interface with legislators. Through this non-partisan PAC, we can demonstrate a unity of purpose that helps us advance a positive legislative agenda. The AKC PAC collects voluntary contributions from individuals and uses these donations to support candidates who defend dog owners’ rights and can effectively influence legislation impacting animal owners. Your donation will be pooled with contributions from AKC club members across the country to strengthen our support for reasonable, enforceable laws that protect the health and welfare of purebred dogs and do not restrict the rights of breeders and owners who take their responsibilities seriously.”
Having witnessed firsthand the dedication of those that work so hard for this organization, we think it is important to bring this issue up time and time again. We are in the midst of one of the most tempestuous political times in the history of our nation. Each of us has a duty as an American to question and study all of our candidates, from the local level right on up to Congress and beyond. There is no question they want your vote. So many elections in recent times have been decidedly close, and now more than ever each of those votes count. We all have particular things in life that are near and dear to us. Among the things that instill passion and commitment, dogs certainly can be one of those. We have become almost complacent with regard to reports of crimes, but let the mistreatment of a canine hit the news, and people are ready to bring back an “eye for an eye” style of punishment. Letting your elected officials know that the future of the sport of purebred dogs is important to you is an effective way to get your voices heard. No politician wants to hear you say, “I am sorry, but I cannot vote for you.”
The members of PAC are quite skilled at determining if current (and for that matter, future) legislators with their regulatory actions are conducive to our interpretation of responsible dog owners. It is very important to reiterate that this is a nonpartisan action. Dogs don’t care about your political affiliation; they just want love, attention, and to be taken proper care of. In addition, the group understands the needs for certain laws to be in place in order to protect the masses. Unfortunately these laws often morph into something far different than originally intended and stand to cause residual effects that make things difficult at best, and impossible at worst for many of us diehard dog enthusiasts.
These dedicated people spend a lot of their own valuable time fighting for those things that many of us take for granted. The anti-dog show people have become quite powerful in their own right. Doing nothing will accomplish just that: nothing. The people in the world of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi have a strong voice, and we just need to channel it in the right direction. Please offer your support, encourage, and contributions to the AKC PAC so that the future of this sport we know and love can continue. Misguided legislation is not the answer for any of us. Please support the PAC at www.apps.akc.org/apps/pac/index.cfm.
-David L. Anthony
First published in the AKC Gazette Digital Edition, June 2020.
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