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Ear cropping bill defeated in California

What began in June with an amendment to an otherwise widely-supported veterinary bill ended yesterday when sponsor Senator Liz Figueroa agreed to remove the ear cropping ban from California SB1548. Thanks to the varied and cohesive efforts of clubs and fanciers, California dog owners will now continue to enjoy the right to make their own informed, responsible decisions about their animals without government intrusion.

“Whether they faxed a letter, wrote a check, signed a petition, or attended a hearing, thousands of fanciers contributed to the defeat of the proposed ear cropping ban,” said AKC President Dennis B. Sprung. “All are to be commended for this team effort, and AKC extends its thanks and congratulations to everyone involved. We further extend our appreciation to Senator Figueroa and other California legislators who took the time to listen to and consider our concerns.”

Fanciers from all over the country reached out to each other to form a united front on this issue. AKC led the charge early on by getting the word out to as many fanciers as possible through phone calls, e-mails, special mailings, web site alerts and booth flyers. Purebred dog owners quickly took up the battle, organizing e-mail lists, letter-writing campaigns, and placing petitions at various dog shows. The Doberman Pinscher Club of America led a national fundraiser in order to hire lobbyists who proved invaluable to the fancy’s opposition effort. Through it all, AKC Board and staff, Delegates, numerous Parent Clubs as well as other AKC clubs, the dog press, and individual dog owners worked tirelessly with legislators and with the veterinary community to help them understand our position.

“With this victory we have sent a clear message to California’s legislators – the purebred dog community is a large, concerned constituency whose activities have a significant economic impact,” added Sprung. “We are a responsible, valuable resource, and our voices should be heard.”