AKC New England Legislative Planning Conference
Sunday, January 22, 2017

Boxborough Regency Hotel & Conference Center
(Formerly the Holiday Inn Boxborough)
242 Adams Place, Boxborough, Massachusetts 01719

Over the past two years every state in New England has been targeted with legislation to restrict purebred dog ownership and breeding. The number and severity of attempts to limit our rights is increasing, and will be a very real threat in 2017. Not only are your own dogs at stake, but so is the future of the breeds you have dedicated your life to.

Please join AKC Government Relations (GR) staff and expert speakers to learn more about the threat of animal rights radicalism, the specific threats you can expect in your state in 2017, and how we can work together to protect our dogs and our rights.

This first-of-its-kind AKC GR New England Regional Legislative Planning Conference is a one-day event at the Boxborough Regency, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough, Massachusetts, 01719, on Sunday, January 22. The conference will feature speakers, breakout groups for state planning sessions, and opportunities to plan strategies, share experiences and learn from the experiences of other states, federations and legislative liaisons. Topics will include:
- Retail rescue and its impact on New England
- A legislator's inside perspective on grassroots outreach
- Community outreach and leveraging our good works
- Legislation/policy reviews and response organization. 

As a federation and/or club official, we hope you join us as we plan to battle extremist animal rights legislation we will surely see in 2017. Space is limited for this free event (accommodations not included). Lunch will be provided. A limited number of rooms are available to those conference attendees needing overnight accommodations.

If you have already RSVP'd, thank you! We look forward to seeing you in January. If you haven't, there's still time to sign up for this important event. Please RSVP by January 13 by emailing phil.guidry@akc.org with your name, telephone number, and number of people in your party attending.

AKC Government Relations will provide additional event details in the coming weeks. For more information, contact Phil Guidry-AKC Government Relations at phil.guidry@akc.org

HSUS Backs Employment Deception in NC

May 21, 2015

HSUS is madder than a wet hen at the North Carolina legislature. What has HSUS so worked up? North Carolina's statehouse recently passed a bill that could crack down on HSUS "investigations."

The Property Protection Act was passed to protect businesses from those who obtain a job to attack their employer. The bill's purpose is to make it unlawful to seek employment at a business if you have no intention of holding the job, but are instead using the position for (what essentially amounts to) espionage.

While the bill applies to all industries in North Carolina, HSUS is taking this very personally because it will potentially outlaw one of its favorite pastimes—sneakily getting hired onto farms and surreptitiously shooting video.

Read the entire article at: http://www.humanewatch.org/hsus-backs-employment-deception-in-nc/

Want to Help Animals in Nepal? Here's What (Not) to Do.

April 28, 2015

The huge earthquake in Nepal has caused a lot of damage and suffering. Thousands of people are hurt and homeless. If you want to help the Nepalese, Charity Navigator has a list of screened charities (http://www.humanewatch.org/new-report-hsus-uses-crises-for-financial-gain/) that you can give to.

A lot of people also want to help the animals in Nepal, whether personal pets, street dogs, or others. That's fine, too. But be wary of the profiteering Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and its international arm, Humane Society International, which are allegedly en route to help out.

In our report "Looting in the Aftermath," (http://www.humanewatch.org/new-report-hsus-uses-crises-for-financial-gain/) released last fall, we detail several incidents in which HSUS profiteered off of high-profile events. After Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey and New York, HSUS raised over $2 million—yet according to documents it filed with the NY attorney general, HSUS only spent one-third of that money on Sandy relief. HSUS also raised money after the 2010 Haiti earthquake because "Haiti's animal survivors desperately need care"—despite admitting elsewhere that "no animal issues are here that are related to the event of the earthquake." (The aforementioned Charity Navigator has issued a "Donor Advisory" (http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=3848#.VUD1uWYe7S8) against HSUS, by the way.)

You may see slick ads with heart-wrenching pictures from Humane Society International. But if you give to them, your money may not go to help out in Nepal at all.

So who can you give to? Consider giving to local groups. Animal Welfare Network Nepal (http://www.awnnepal.org/donate.php) and Animal Nepal (https://animalnepal.wordpress.com/donations/) are two such groups. We can't vouch for them ourselves, but at least your money will be in the country. But you also may want to wait for a few days (http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/27/earthquake-nepal-dont-rush-help-volunteers-aid?CMP=share_btn_fb) while a chaotic situation gets more in order. Then there will be a better idea of how best to help.

Source: http://www.humanewatch.org/want-to-help-animals-in-nepal-heres-what-not-to-do/

Senate bill would require adding pets to emergency planning

October 9, 2013

The Senate on Thursday will consider legislation requiring cities and towns to account for family pets and service dogs in their emergency planning, devising a strategy to shelter pets during an emergency.



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