June 18, 2015

DOG LEGISLATION

ALERTS!


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FAKC President's Message

By Susan Smith

Florida Association of Kennel ClubsThe hot humid weather for Florida is upon us.  Please be diligent for your dog's comfort and health.

August will be here before we know it for the FAKC Annual Meeting.  Please make sure your club delegate or an alternate delegate attends.  Meeting notices will be sent to your club contact in a timely fashion. Please make sure that the FAKC secretary has current club contact information.  It's very important that you send a club delegate and that delegate reports what is said and done back to your club members.

An impossible burden has been put on three volunteers (from one club) to collect data/stats in Florida from the various shelters both public and private, rescues and humane organizations for compliance with the shelter reporting bill, Section 823.15, Fla. Stat., in order to track the importation of animals (dogs/cats) into Florida.  If we are to refute the myth of "pet overpopulation" by purebred dog breeders and preserve our right to own and/or breed purebred dogs, it's imperative that every purebred dog owner or club member request this information from every group in your area.  As there are no penalties for non-compliance, it's imperative to have this information to present to elected officials to tighten and enhance the law.  This information is needed ASAP as the 2016 session starts in January and bills will be filed by September 2015.  Act now to protect your right to own and/or breed purebred dogs!  Send information via email to FAKCshelter@gmail.com.

If you think the above isn't important, please be advised that Kate McFall, HSUS attorney, attended every cabinet meeting with a pet (dog) from "a shelter" and Attorney General Pam Bondi carried it around the meeting room promoting the adoption of an animal from a shelter.

Sincerely, Susan Smith, President


FAKC meets in Orlando,
elects Susan Smith president

The Florida Association of Kennel Clubs held its annual meeting on August 17, 2014, electing Susan Smith as president, and Leah James, Linda LaFrance, and Pat Boyd as vice presidents.


USDA adds hobby breeders
to pet "dealer" regulations


 Applies to 5 intact females of any species


Rescue groups now must be licensed


"Puppy-back" deals are included


USDAThe Obama Administration has added pet breeders with over four breedable females (of any pet species -- not just dogs) to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's (APHIS) definition of a "dealer" under the federal Animal Welfare Act. This rule change takes effect on November 18, 2013. The new rule likely will subject thousands of hobby breeders to the same USDA licensing, inspections, animal identification and recordkeeping, handling, care, treatment, and transportation regulations which previously have applied only to commercial pet dealers.

The rule change will apply to any breeder with more than four intact females on her premises, who sells the offspring as pets, and whose buyers are not all physically present to observe the animals prior to purchase and/or to take custody of those animals after purchase (i.e., not face-to-face). While the rule change was intended to cover sight-unseen Internet transactions, it also will include sales negotiated by telephone, with the dogs shipped to the buyers, even if the breeder and buyer have had a long-term relationship with each other.

The definition of "breeding female" includes dogs, cats, and small exotic and wild mammals which are bred and whose offspring are sold as pets. Any combination of these female animals which total more than four would apply. The exemption refers to the aggregate number of intact females on the premises whose offspring are sold as pets. APHIS states that it will assume that any female that is capable of breeding may be bred, regardless of the bitch's age.

The rule change also is expected to adversely impact stud owners' puppy-back agreements. If the stud owner sells a puppy not bred on her own premises, she would not be exempt from the licensing requirement. Non-resident co-owners of breeding females would qualify for the four-or-less exemption, provided that no more than four breeding females are maintained on their premises. Private rescue organizations are not exempt if they operate in a manner that requires them to be licensed as dealers. This includes paying licensing fees and adhering to the facility standards of the regulations.

Details of the APHIS rule changes are here. The APHIS specifications for handling, care, treatment, and transportation are here. Click here for an AKC chart showing whether the APHIS rule affects you as a hobby breeder. See also this NAIA analysis.


FAKC welcomes its
newest member clubs


Not a member of FAKC yet?


FAKC welcomes its four newest member clubs: the Suncoast Basset Hound Club of Tampa, FL, the Pensacola Dog Fanciers' Association, Inc., the Tampa Bay German Shepherd Dog Club, and the Sunshine State Pomeranian Club!

If your Florida dog club is a member of the American Kennel Club (AKC) or an AKC licensed affiliate, your club may join the Florida Association of Kennel Clubs.  Download a Membership Application now!


FAKC's Magnets For Sale!


Deliver Our Message, Loud & Clear!


I Own A Dog And I Vote!

FAKC is offering these colorful, to-the-point, car magnets at cost, $5.00 each, plus shipping. Buy one for yourself or in bulk for your club. We have hundreds of them. To order, contact FAKC president Leah James.


Where does all of H$U$'s money go?
H$U$ "Promises"“It goes to lobbying, it goes to political contributions, it goes to pay huge staff salaries and benefits," said David Martosko, Director of Research, Center for Consumer Freedom.

All AKC puppies
should be registered

As part of the “front lines” of purebred dogs, AKC relies on its loyal breeders to communicate the benefits and importance of AKC registration to their puppy buyers. To ensure a strong future for you, your fellow breeders, and all purebred dogs, AKC needs all of its breeders to make a concerted effort to ensure that every puppy in each litter you have bred gets registered with the AKC. AKC has implemented a new initiative to help you accomplish this goal.

PupsThe AKC has begun sending all breeders who register a litter an email asking them to provide us with their new puppy buyers’ contact information. The email includes information on our new Online Litter Record Service. This service allows breeders to supply AKC with new puppy buyer contact information in an easy-to-use online format. If the breeder does not want to use the new online service, a link to a printable version of the litter record is also available.

The new puppy buyers will then receive an e-mail or letter from AKC detailing the benefits and importance of AKC registration. The new puppy buyers will only be contacted by AKC. Their names will not be sold or used for any other promotions or marketing when given through this initiative. As you have experienced, puppy buyers tend to be more concerned about caring for their new puppy at the time of purchase, and often forget about one of the most important steps of responsible dog ownership – AKC registration. Our goal is to reinforce their decision of purchasing an AKC puppy and to educate them on the many benefits that they can receive with registration.

AKC is dedicated to promoting responsible dog ownership and educating new puppy buyers about registration benefits and the important programs that every registration supports. Registration dollars help AKC fund important educational programs, support the research of health issues through donations, and continue to subsidize AKC events. Our registration numbers also help us to maintain legislative influence and ensure that like-minded organizations continue to support the AKC through alternative revenue programs and sponsorships.

With your support, and by working together, AKC will be able to take the necessary steps to ensure its long and healthy future as the nation’s preeminent purebred dog registry. For more information or to use the new Online Litter Record Service, please click here. Please note this service can be used for recent or past litters.


Download These Posters To Fight Anti-Pet Legislation

Can You Imagine


FAKC - War Room

FAKC’s War Room is where to go to battle anti-pet legislation. All of your weapons are there for you to send your messages to your legislators:

The Actual Bills & Ordinances
Talking Points for Your Letters
How to Word Them Diplomatically
Your Legislators’ Names & Addresses & Emails
Write Letters to Newspapers & Other Media


From H$U$'s Wayne Pacelle's Playbook:
extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding.”

Join FAKC on Facebook!

LIKEWe are crawling into the 21st Century, which includes creating a Facebook page. There are many ways to communicate these days, and Facebook seems to be one of the easiest for many dog owners. So feel free to click on our Facebook icon in the upper left corner of the page.  And, if you like what you see, let us know by clicking the LIKE button, too.


Tells it like it is!

Animal Rightists are behind forced neutering, dog limit laws

Dog Press column: Almost all mandatory spay/neuter and limit laws originated with H$U$, PETA, or SPCA and were supported by well meaning people without a clue. The Dog Press. By Teresa Crisman, Morningstar Miniature Schanuzers, Logan, NM.


H$U$
H$U$ Does Little to Help Homeless Dogs and Cats

Palm Beach plans toughening of animal control ordinance


Public hearing set for June 23


Palm Beach County GovernmentThe Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners have set a public hearing on June 23 on amendments to the county's existing animal control ordinance (#98-22). The proposed revision is here.

Most of the proposed changes are directed a feral cats. However, if the ordinance passes, even dog owners who are not breeders would have to obtain hobby breeder permits, and meet the standards required of hobby breeders, if they have more than one un-neutered dog in their household. Also, the law would remove the “voice command” exception to the requirement that dogs be leashed when off an owner’s property unless certain exceptions apply (i.e. dog parks, public beach, law enforcement dog).

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:30 A.M. in the Governmental Center, 6th floor Commission Chambers, 301 N. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach.


"Why Breed Specific Legislation Does Not Work"


AKC's new webinar and legislation website


The AKC's Government Relations department has released a webinar, "Why Breed-Specific Legislation Doesn’t Work", which explains breed-specific legislation (BSL) and outlines why breed-specific laws are not a good solution to the dangerous dogs problem. It’s available here on YouTube and easy to share with club members, local dog owners and your legislators.

AKC's Government Relations department also has launched the online AKC Legislative Action Center (LAC), which will make it easier for dog lovers to learn more about and advocate on key legislative and regulatory issues that impact dogs and dog ownership.


Fla. legislature passes bill criminalizing fake service dogs

Florida State HouseBoth houses of the Florida legislature have passed a bill (HB 71) which makes it a misdeameanor to misrepresent using a service animal and which defines the requirements of public accommodation businesses to permit the use of service animals.

The bill also requires public accommodations to permit use of a service animal by an individual with a disability under certain circumstances, and to prohibit public accommodations from inquiring about the nature or extent of an individual’s disability, and provide conditions for public accommodations to exclude or remove a service animal.

The criminal penalty would apply to a person who knowingly and willfully misrepresents that he is using a service animal and is qualified to use a service animal, or as a trainer of a service animal. The bill will be presented to the governor for his consideration, and if he signs it, it will become law as amendments to Section 413.08, Fla. Stat.


AKC considers new
dog club category


To be called "Companion Clubs"


Also makes NOHS an opt-in event


At their February 12, 2015 meeting, AKC's board of directors' discussed plans to create a new category of dog clubs, called "Companion Clubs". These clubs will be for owners that desire social activities built around providing fun and educational things to do with their dogs.

Companion Dog clubs may become licensed to hold companion events -- obedience, rally, agility, tracking -- plus the Coursing Ability Test. They would be encouraged to promote CGC training/testing and to hold AKC recognized events such as Barn Hunt, Flyball or Dock Diving. AKC's board of directors intends to discuss the new club concept again at its March meeting.

In another action at the February meeting, AKC's board decided that the National Owner-Handled Series (NOHS) should cease being mandatory and become an opt-in program, effective January 1, 2016. This decision will permit clubs to hold other non-regular conformation events without having to incorporate NOHS in their schedules.


Lee County commission revokes breeder restrictions and mandatory spay/neutering


An extraordinary defeat for H$U$


Only one dissenting vote


Lee County, Florida, Animal ServicesThe Lee County Board of County Commissioners has repealed its ill-conceived February 2014 ordinance which severely restricted the rights of responsible dog breeders and owners. The vote was 4 to 1.

 The repealed ordinance included mandatory spay/castration provisions and required all breeders to be licensed and inspected, and makes other changes which will negatively impact responsible dog breeders and owners. The new ordinance requires animal control to warn an owner the first time an animal is picked up; the second time the animal will be neutered. The new ordinance also creates an animal services advisory committee.

The Lee (County) Alliance for Responsible Dog and Cat Owners led the fight to rescind Ordinance 14-04. Ann Meyer of the Alliance was quoted after the vote as saying, "This new proposed ordinance is not perfect, but it's a return to sane and reasonable expectations. ... Never again should a small group of people be able to (impose) their beliefs on so many." She was referring to the H$U$-led "animal rights" extremists who engineered passage of the now-defeated ordinance. The new ordinance is available here.


New USDA-APHIS regulations
will restrict puppy imports


AKC "applauds" restricting imports


APHISUSDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued new regulations, effective November 17, 2014, which restrict the importation of dogs under 6 months of age into the USA for resale, research, or veterinary treatment. Dogs 6 months or older must be "in good health, [and] have received all necessary vaccinations". Imports into Alaska are excluded.

The new regulations claim not to restrict importing dogs for personal use, such as a pet or as part of a breeding program. They also do not consider that dogs imported for training as working or service dogs to be "imported for the purposes of resale". The new regulations are downloadable here.

APHIS asserts that its regulations are designed to assure the health and welfare of dogs that are imported into the USA from overseas. In many cases, these animals are strays or are from high volume commercial breeders and may pose health risks. The regulations also are intended to reduce foreign puppy importations by local animal control agencies and humane societies. However, they will not prevent these groups from importing healthy, vaccinated dogs over 6 months of age.

The new regulations implement Section 18 of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA), which "prohibits the importation of dogs into the United States for resale purposes, unless the Secretary determines that the dogs are in good health, have received all necessary vaccinations, and are at least 6 months of age.”

The American Kennel Club has stated it "applauds" this new regulation in a press release.


New Florida law requires shelters to keep in-take and disposition records of dogs


FAKC & NAIA supported law's passage


AccountabilitySince July 2013, every animal shelter, humane society, and animal control agency in Florida has been required to compile and maintain statistics of in-take and disposition records. Copies of all such records are to be open to public inspection. Also, if a shelter's policy is to euthanize dogs based upon size or breed, the shelter must provide a written statement of such policy.

The Florida Association of Kennel Clubs (FAKC) and the National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA) and pet owners throughout the state fought long and hard to get this statute passed. Much credit goes to FAKC's Tallahassee lobbyists, Mixon & Associates and its principals, M. Juhan Mixon and Pat C. Mixon.

Everyone now is urged to contact your local animal shelters to be sure they are following this law. Call them and ask for copies of their in-take and disposition records. If they deny any knowledge of the law, send them a copy. You may download a copy of the statute here.

This law is a necessity to enable the State of Florida and its cities and counties to make informed decisions regarding the disposition of animals in these facilities, since presently there is little or no data being kept or available when requested. The statistics will help enable counties and municipalities to understand the current state of shelters and rescue animals as they craft ordinances and legislation in the future. It also will help us know where these animals come from -- imported from out of state, surrendered, taken, etc. We now cannot find out the true numbers and disposition of these animals in order to make meaningful decisions in this state as to the funding, resources and best practices in these facilities.


Our advocates at the
Florida legislature

Read here about our representatives before the Florida legislature, Mixon & Associates (M&A) and its principals, cavalier King Charles spaniel breeders M. Juhan Mixon, Pat C. Mixon, and their daughter, Corrine Mixon.


H$U$ "Promises"H$U$ Watch
HumaneWatch.org


Animal Rights, Animal Welfare: Which is it?


NAIA explains the difference


NAIA sample letter to veterinarians


NAIAThe extremists have kidnapped "animal rights" and given it a ludicrous new definition intended to give legal rights to animals and make humans their enemies. Compare some important differences between animal welfare and "animal rights":

-- Animal welfare celebrates the bond between animals and humans; animal rights seeks to sever that bond.

-- Animal welfare grows and improves as we learn more and more about animals, their behavior, and their management. Animal rights remains stagnant with its dogma of "no more animal use ever."

The National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA) presents a thoughtful essay on the differences between animal welfare and "animal rights", as defined by the fanatics. Read NAIA's essay here.

NAIA also offers a sample letter for you to explain to your veterinarians the difference between Animal Welfare and Animal Rights. Click here to view the letter.

Unfortunately, many vets become indoctrinated in school by PETA and H$U$ (that's were some of their money goes) to believe that purebred breeding is a moral sin.  Don't let your vets continue down that path.


H$U$"Our goal is to make the public think of breeding dogs and cats like drunk driving and smoking."
                                       -- Kim Sturla