Kennel Club supports PAWS legislation because we believe it is good
for dogs and aligns with our core mission of promoting the sport
of purebred dogs.
The AKC has always supported enforcement of the
Animal Welfare Act, and demands the high standards for AKC registered
dogs through our own long-standing, rigorous inspection program.
We believe that animal care standards are necessary to assure the
proper care and treatment of dogs and the integrity of the breeding
practices in this country.
The AKC has long held the position that too much
regulation can create unnecessary burdens on breeders with no benefit
to dogs. However, this is not the case with the legislation currently
before the Congress.
As currently drafted, PAWS amends the Animal Welfare
Act. The legislation offers a reasonable balance between addressing
a changing marketplace where dogs are sold en masse over the Internet
and imported from foreign countries, and protecting breeders from
excessive regulation. After a detailed analysis of the legislative
language, we have reached the conclusion that PAWS will adequately
protect the autonomy of breeders, while enforcing reasonable industry
standards for breeding and selling dogs.
The AKC supports all breeders who register their
litters with us. We estimate that fewer than 4% of those currently
registering litters with us may be subject
to inspections under this new bill. Further, since these 4% of our
constituents have also been subject to AKC inspection, we believe
that they are already maintaining standards above and beyond what
is proposed in the new bill and have no cause for concern.
The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity
of its Registry and promoting the sport of purebred dogs. As such,
supporting PAWS aligns with the AKC's core mission. We're more than
champion dogs - we're the dog's champion.