The American Kennel Club would like to correct some misinformation
that is circulating within the fancy. We would appreciate your
assistance in spreading the word about the facts on this issue.
The AKC is aware that NIGHTLINE, which airs on ABC, is pursuing a
story on canine health, including breeding. The AKC welcomes all
constructive dialogue about the sport and on ways to improve the
health of dogs. However, all indications are that the story will not
be a fair and balanced look at the issues. Under the advice of
counsel, the AKC declined to participate but instead provided
NIGHTLINE with an official statement:
"The American Kennel Club is the nation's leading not-for-profit
organization devoted to canine health, breeding and responsible dog
ownership. The AKC's breeding policies and high ethical standards
have made us the most widely respected registry in the world. Each
year, the AKC performs approximately 5,000 kennel and breeder
inspections to ensure the proper care and conditions of dogs and has
led the charge in regards to advancing canine health, including
founding the AKC Canine Health Foundation in 1995. Since that time,
$22 million has been given to more than 500 research projects at 74
vet schools and research institutes worldwide to improve the health
of all dogs."
It has also come to our attention that some individual AKC
constituents have been approached for interviews or may be approached
at dog shows. In this event we recommend politely declining the
interview and referring their requests to the AKC's Communications
dept at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-696-8343.
You may also direct those interested in this topic to www.akcdoghealth.com for pertinent information.
American Kennel Club Communications
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