Do you ever wonder, "Where does all this anti-dog and anti-breeder legislation come from?" Most often, bills are written in an attempt to remedy a real or perceived problem, or in response to a request from a constituent, lobbyist, or special interest group.
Consider this: When was the last time your elected representatives heard from you and other like-minded dog owners? Are they hearing about the great lives enjoyed by the vast majority of the 83 million owned dogs in the US? Are they hearing about the more than 56 million dog-owning households in the US that take good care of their family pets? Are they considering the jobs and tax revenue that result from the $53 billion pet industry? Do they know about the hard work and contributions that you and your fellow AKC club members make on behalf of dogs?
Or do your lawmakers only hear about the criminal actions of animal abusers? We all abhor animal abuse and want to see it stopped. But unless governmental officials hear from true
animal lovers and responsible breeders—unless they are reminded that almost all dogs in the US are cherished companions—they may form opinions and cast their votes based on horror stories presented to them by organizations with an agenda to end animal ownership.
This month's Taking Command
suggests five basic steps that you and your club members can take to establish yourselves as the true dog experts in your communities and to organize a communications network for effectively sharing information when animal legislation is discussed. Get ready now to spread the word quickly when measures are considered in your state or community, and always remember there is strength in numbers. To receive the Taking Command Newsletter, sign up here