The Animals Need Your Help!

Many of you have seen the dogs that come through our rescue from puppy mills. You’ve heard stories and helped us in our efforts to raise thousands of dollars to pay for the much needed veterinary care for these dogs. Mary LaHay, of Iowa voters for Companion Animals, has another way you can help. All it takes is a few moments of your time and a quick email. Below is information sent to the IA Voters for Companion Animals mailing list. Please, take the time to read Mary’s request and send off a quick email to the state Senators and the AKC board members. Let’s show them just how many Iowans support this bill and help them see past the misinformation they are being provided.

Hello Everyone,

I want to update you on what’s been going on at the Capitol. Many of you saw and responded to our previous email asking that you contact all the Iowa state senators asking them to support our bill, SF2254, the bill that will help tens of thousands of dogs in Iowa puppy mills.

THANK YOU to those who sent emails to the senators! They heard from several of you and they got the message…. many, many Iowans want better laws to protect these innocent animals in Iowa’s commercial dog-breeding industry.

Unfortunately there is a very heavy campaign being waged to prevent the passage of this commonsense legislation. And amazingly, the American Kennel Club (AKC) is waging the strongest opposition. They’re disseminating false and inflammatory information about the bill; claiming it will put an end to hobby breeding. We’re working to clear up this erroneous information but many of the AKC supporters are hard to convince.

It appears that AKC is working to oppose this legislation because they fear the potential financial ramifications. Many puppy mills register their puppies through AKC and the breeders pay a fee (a base fee plus a per-puppy fee) to do so. This is a huge source of AKC’s revenues. Here’s a quote from an article, “A Gathering Storm Bring New Measures” (From Breeding Better Dogs), penned by Dr. Carmen Battaglia, a board member of the AKC.

In 1981, AKC derived 96% of its income from dog registrations. By 2003, income from registrations had fallen to 61%. These declines represent a significant loss in revenues and future earnings. 

This certainly explains why this organization would work to stop any attempts to curtail the rampant and indiscriminate breeding of dogs in commercial kennels.

So here are 2 things you can do today to help with our efforts:

1. If you haven’t already written to our state senators, please do so now. Their email addresses are listed at the bottom of this email. Simply copy and paste all of them into the “To” window of an email, generate a respectful email asking that they support SF2254, and send your email on its way. Refer to our previous email for information. It is pasted below the senators’ email addresses. If you’ve already written to them, it wouldn’t hurt to send another message if you have the time. Tell them there is absolutely nothing in the bill that should threaten hobby breeders… unless they’re subjecting their dogs to the treatment we’re working to stop! Suggest that they ask those who oppose the bill to give specifics about what they object to. If it is simply that AKC has told them to, that isn’t sufficient because AKC has misinformed its members about the bill.

2. Send a short and respectful email to the board members of AKC. Here’s a list of their email addresses. Simply copy and paste each of the email addresses into the “To” window of an email, generate a message, and send your email on its way. Feel free to add any or all of the images at the end of this email to your message to them. Here are a couple of statements we’d recommend you include:

  • AKC ought to work harder to address the abusive situations endured by tens of thousands of dogs in kennels across the country.
  • If AKC is unwilling or unable to help provide those protections, they ought not work to counter state-level legislation that will.
  • If they are compelled to oppose state or local legislation, they ought to ensure that they are providing accurate information about that legislation to their members.

Their addresses: jcg@akc.orgwrn@akc.org, pcs@akc.org, raa@akc.org, clb@akc.org, sdg@akc.org, pmcruz@akc.org, wjf@akc.org, tsp@akc.org, lxa@akc.org, cca@akc.org, atk@akc.org, hmw@akc.org, dbs@akc.org

J. Charles Garvin, M.D., jcg@akc.org
Delegate, Marion Ohio Kennel Club

Dr. William R. Newman, wrn@akc.org
Delegate, Mastiff Club of America

Patricia Scully, pcs@akc.org
Delegate, Obedience Training Club of Hawaii, Inc.

Robert A. Amen, raa@akc.org
Delegate, Port Chester Obedience Training Club, Inc.

Dr. Carmen L. Battaglia, clb@akc.org
Delegate, German Shepherd Dog Club of America

Steven D. Gladstone, Esq., sdg@akc.org
Delegate, Greater Naples Dog Club

Patricia M. Cruz, pmcruz@akc.org
Delegate, Heart of the Plains Kennel Club

William J. Feeney, wjf@akc.org
Delegate, Sir Francis Drake Kennel Club

Thomas Powers, tsp@akc.org
Delegate, Kennel Club of Beverly Hills

Lee Arnold, lxa@akc.org
Delegate, Southern Colorado Kennel Club

Carl C. Ashby, III, cca@akc.org
Delegate, United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club

Alan Kalter, atk@akc.org
Delegate, American Bullmastiff Association

Harvey Wooding, hmw@akc.org
Delegate, Westminster Kennel Club

Ex Officio: Dennis B. Sprung, dbs@akc.org

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HERE ARE OUR STATE SENATORS’ EMAIL ADDRESSES:
pam.jochum <pam.jochum@legis.iowa.gov>; david.johnson <david.johnson@legis.iowa.gov>; tim.kapucian <tim.kapucian@legis.iowa.gov>; liz.mathis <liz.mathis@legis.iowa.gov>; matt.mccoy <matt.mccoy@legis.iowa.gov>; janet.petersen <janet.petersen@legis.iowa.gov>; herman.quirmbach <herman.quirmbach@legis.iowa.gov>; amanda.ragan <amanda.ragan@legis.iowa.gov>; ken.rozenboom <ken.rozenboom@legis.iowa.gov>; charles.schneider <charles.schneider@legis.iowa.gov>; brian.schoenjahn <brian.schoenjahn@legis.iowa.gov>; mark.segebart <mark.segebart@legis.iowa.gov>; joe.seng <joe.seng@legis.iowa.gov>; amy.sinclair <amy.sinclair@legis.iowa.gov>; roby.smith <roby.smith@legis.iowa.gov>; steve.sodders <steve.sodders@legis.iowa.gov>; rich.taylor <rich.taylor@legis.iowa.gov>; jack.whitver <jack.whitver@legis.iowa.gov>; mary.jo.wilhelm <mary.jo.wilhelm@legis.iowa.gov>; brad.zaun <brad.zaun@legis.iowa.gov>; dan.zumbach <dan.zumbach@legis.iowa.gov>; bill.anderson <bill.anderson@legis.iowa.gov>; daryl.beall <daryl.beall@legis.iowa.gov>; jerry.behn <jerry.behn@legis.iowa.gov>; rick.bertrand <rick.bertrand@legis.iowa.gov>; dennis.black <dennis.black@legis.iowa.gov>; nancy.boettger <nancy.boettger@legis.iowa.gov>; joe.bolkcom <joe.bolkcom@legis.iowa.gov>; tod.bowman <tod.bowman@legis.iowa.gov>; chris.brase <chris.brase@legis.iowa.gov>; michael.breitbach <michael.breitbach@legis.iowa.gov>; jake.chapman <jake.chapman@legis.iowa.gov>; mark.chelgren <mark.chelgren@legis.iowa.gov>; thomas.courtney <thomas.courtney@legis.iowa.gov>; jeff.danielson <jeff.danielson@legis.iowa.gov>; dick.dearden <dick.dearden@legis.iowa.gov>; bill.dix <bill.dix@legis.iowa.gov>; bill.dotzler <bill.dotzler@legis.iowa.gov>; robert.dvorsky <robert.dvorsky@legis.iowa.gov>; joni.ernst <joni.ernst@legis.iowa.gov>; randy.feenstra <randy.feenstra@legis.iowa.gov>; julian.garrett <julian.garrett@legis.iowa.gov>; sandra.greiner <sandra.greiner@legis.iowa.gov>; mike.gronstal <mike.gronstal@legis.iowa.gov>; dennis.guth <dennis.guth@legis.iowa.gov>; rita.hart <rita.hart@legis.iowa.gov>; jack.hatch <jack.hatch@legis.iowa.gov>; rob.hogg <rob.hogg@legis.iowa.gov>; hubert.houser <hubert.houser@legis.iowa.gov>; wally.horn <wally.horn@legis.iowa.gov>

One thought on “The Animals Need Your Help!

  1. I did send an email out about this, and thought I should share one of the responses I received from Charles M. Schneider about it.

    “Thank you for your email. As a dog owner ourselves, my wife and I care deeply about the conditions in which dogs are bred and raised. I strongly believe that all dogs deserve to live in safe, healthy environments and should not be kept in conditions where their basic needs are not met.

    That being said, I have some concerns with this bill as it is currently drafted:

    • It imposes significant new expenses on existing breeders with little input from them. This bill imposes a lot of new requirements on breeders. Personally, I believe that the changes would improve living conditions for dogs. However, I think it would have been a good idea to have solicited input from breeders on how long it could reasonably take them to comply with the new requirements.
    • It prohibits breeders from being involved in rescue activities. This bill prohibits any “commercial breeder” from owning, operating, or maintaining a controlling interest in an “animal shelter”. Some breeders have told me that they provide significant resources (such as their time, expertise and housing) to rescue activities. This bill would prohibit them from engaging in these important activities that help ensure the long term health and well-being of all dogs.
    • Significant increase in license fees. Under this bill, breeders would be required to pay a fee that is significantly higher than that in current law. This is an extensive burden on breeders – particularly considering the numerous changes they may be required to make to their kennels to be in compliance with this law.
    • Duplicative fees. These increased fees would be deposited in a new “animal rescue remediation fund.” Current law already allows a court to require someone accused of cruelty to post a bond during the hearing to pay for the care of their animals, rendering this unnecessary and duplicative.

    I may be able to get comfortable with the bill if these issues are addressed.”

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