NEW YORK, April 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The American Kennel Club® (AKC), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading dog advocate, has partnered with the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and the Animal Health Institute (AHI) to make a joint public statement opposing the California Assembly Bill of 1881.

The bill, billed as a ‘bill of rights for dogs and cats,’ has several concerning elements and would seriously undermine the rights of pet owners to make appropriate health care decisions for their pets. and take the best possible care of their pets. Additionally, it has the potential to change the legal status of pets in Californiawhich could lead to unintended consequences and future litigation.

“The American Kennel Club cares deeply about the welfare of all dogs,” said Sheila Goffe, Vice President of Government Relations, AKC. “We are pleased to join the California Veterinary Medical Association and the Animal Health Institute in sharing our concerns about this proposal, which could undermine the rights and responsibilities of pet owners to make care decisions. appropriate for their animals.”

The letter, sent to the author of the bill State Representative of California Michael Santiago and to the Assembly’s Business and Professions Committee, which examines the bill April 26calling for changes to the law and highlighting the concerns of pets and their owners.

The AKC, CVMA and AHI are organizations dedicated to ensuring the health, welfare and humane care of animals and to ensuring that pet owners understand the responsibilities of pet ownership. .

The full text of the letter can be viewed here.

About the American Kennel Club

Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a nonprofit organization that maintains the world’s largest purebred dog registry and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in United States. The AKC is dedicated to maintaining the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs, and breeding for type and function. With its more than 5,000 chartered and member clubs and affiliated organizations, the AKC champions the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and welfare, strives to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. Over 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred and mixed breed dogs are held each year under AKC rules and regulations, including conformation, agility, obedience, rallying, tracking , herding, lure racing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and land dog tests. Organizations affiliated with the AKC include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite, and AKC Museum of the Dog. AKC clubs comprise America’s largest lifesaving network. For more information, visit

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