This page is dedicated to informing those in our community about pending or passed legislation and AKC communications that affect dog care, management, exhibition, and overall ownership. The postings on this page do not necessarily represent the opinions of WCKC or our individual members. Nor does WCKC follow or endorse any particular political party, candidate, or cause. What we do endorse is responsible dog ownership, care, and management, and stand behind any responsible actions dedicated to furthering the sport of purebred dogs. If you know of an issue of which you believe we should be aware, please contact us and fill us in. Thanks…
HR 5261, called the “Paws Off Act”
November 19, 2021HR 5261, called the “Paws Off Act”, amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to deem foods containing xylitol as misbranded unless the label or labeling of such foods contains a warning specifying the toxic effects of xylitol on dogs if ingested. Xylitol (or “birch sugar”) is a chemical compound most commonly used as a sugar substitute in chewing gum, dental products, peanut butter, baked goods, and other human food.Xylitol is harmful to dogs because, unlike humans, it is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and may result in a sudden release of insulin from the pancreas. The rapid release of insulin into a dog’s bloodstream may cause hypoglycemia. In dogs, this may occur within 10 – 60 minutes of ingestion of xylitol and if untreated, can quickly be life-threatening.For more information about this legislation, go to https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/q8ixALhRUvoBI4sfFZq-1Q
Damaging Anti-Breeder Legislation Alert
November 19, 2021A set of arbitrary and harmful federal breeder bills (H.R. 2840 /S. 1385) that would mandate new requirements for certain hobby and professional dog breeders are gaining support in Congress. We urge all responsible dog owners, breeders and enthusiasts to contact their lawmakers about the harmful consequences of the bills.While certain aspects of this feel-good measure, called the “Puppy Protection Act”, codify general good practices, other parts establish arbitrary, one-size-fits all mandates that are not in the best interests of all dogs and undermine individual flexibility that allows for best practices and optimal outcomes.In recent months, animal rights or “protection” groups have been pressuring members of Congress to sign onto the bills. More than 175 lawmakers have signed onto the bills as co-sponsors, increasing the likelihood that the measures could advance rapidly in year-end legislative negotiations.We urge all responsible dog owners, breeders and enthusiasts to take a moment to contact your members of Congress to ask them not to support this “feel-good” measure and the one-size fits all mandates that can harm responsible breeders and specialized breeding practices. A better approach is to provide resources to help USDA enforce existing pet breeder requirements. For more information about this legislation, go to https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/us-congress-harmful-arbitrary-breeder-mandates-bill-advancing-contact-representatives and Breeder Expertise, Thoughtful Analysis Demonstrate Dangerous Flaws in ‘Feel Good’ Dog Law.
The Healthy Dog Importation Act
September 24, 2021The AKC is reaching out to those whose Congressional representative or Senator is a member of the powerful Agriculture or Appropriations Committee. They need to hear of your support for the Healthy Dog Importation Act (HDIA), H.R 4239/S.2597.In 2019 alone, approximately 1 million dogs were imported into the United States, many without adequate health checks or valid health certificates. Lax and difficult-to-enforce regulations have resulted in the recent import of dogs carrying dangerous non-native parasites and zoonotic diseases such as rabies, viral infections, canine influenza, brucellosis and others.The problem has become sufficiently troublesome that in July, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) placed a ban on the import of dogs from more than 100 countries.The Healthy Dog Importation Act offers a valuable solution to addressing a potential public health crisis caused by unbridled imports of potentially unhealthy dogs. By focusing on the health status of all dogs for import rather than on country of origin, it can also serve as an alternative to inefficient one-size-fits all bans like the current CDC ban. But to make this happen, we need you to contact your Congressional Representative and U.S. Senator to ask them to sponsor the Healthy Dog Importation Act. To learn more about this legislation, go to https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/u-s-congress-ask-federal-reps-sponsor-healthy-dog-importation-act/.
“Folk will know how large your soul is, by the way you treat a dog.”
Charles F. Doran, Author, Academic, and Political Expert