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Tell the AKC to Stop Protecting Puppy Mills!

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The American Kennel Club (AKC), which calls itself “The Dog’s Champion”, has been actively working against puppy mill legislation. States across the US have been trying to stop cruel puppy mills through legislation that creates basic standards of care for commercial breeding facilities. The AKC has opposed over 150 bills that would have brought humane standards to puppy mills. HB 159 in North Carolina is the latest bill the AKC opposes.

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue started this petition to ask the AKC to stop protecting puppy mills. The AKC can start by supporting HB 159 in North Carolina.

HB 159 would require the same standards the AKC already promotes to all its member breeders. The reason the AKC gives for their opposition is the legislation is “confusing”. We believe the truth comes down to the bottom line. The AKC collects millions in registration fees from breeding dogs and new litters. Humane investigators say a significant part of AKC annual revenues come from puppy mills that breed dogs en masse for maximum profit and with little regard for basic living standards.

At Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, we have seen firsthand the brutality of puppy mills. We are often called to help rescue the dogs when a puppy mill is shut down or abandoned. North Carolina, where we are based, has become a haven for puppy mills in the US because it’s one of the few states with no laws governing commercial dog breeding. More puppy mills were busted in North Carolina last year for animal cruelty than in any other state.

Sadly, humane investigators report that many of the dogs rescued from puppy mills are AKC-registered and the facilities previously inspected by the AKC.

It is time the AKC became a true champion for dogs by stopping the cruelty at puppy mills. They should be supporting bills like HB 159, not opposing them. Please join us in calling for the AKC to stop protecting puppy mills by supporting HB 159 in North Carolina.



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