The American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) are fighting like cats and dogs over a proposal designed to close pet industry regulation loopholes that have enabled unscrupulous breeders toÂ dodge animal welfareÂ regulations crafted before the invention of the Internet.
Under the proposed rules, any breeder with more than four breeding females wouldÂ be subject to USDA inspection and oversight. The definition of breeding females is somewhat vague.Â Does that apply to unalterd females beingÂ raised and evaluated for health and constitution for future breeding purposes? And this is just one of the concerns of the AKC, who believes they are already doing a lot to regulateÂ AKC breeders with their own inspections.
The HSUS believes the AKCÂ has become a stumbling block to any legislation that promotes animal wellfare, having opposed more than 80 state and local regulations to crack down onÂ puppy mills. Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the HSUS states, "This is mindboggling that the American Kennel Club, that says that its a dogs champion, is opposing basic standards. Weve got to really question what the AKC is doing. Weve got to demand that they become part of the solution and no longer be part of the problem."
See the HSUS video commentary on the AKC:
For more information on this topic, please see: http://images.akc.org/governmentrelations/documents/pdf/usda_alert_dog_shows_june2012.pdf
Puppy mill rescue photo courtesy of Josh Henderson.