American Boxer Club, Inc.
Sandy Orr, Corresponding secretary
7106 N. 57th St.
Omaha, NE 68152
Feb 13, 2012
Dear American Boxer Club Officers and Board of Directors,
We are writing you today to express our dismay and concern regarding the recent public statements made by the secretary of the Boxer Club of Hawaii in support of the goals of the Humane Society of the US. This message was recently posted on the HSUS website in regard to the HSUS's new Breeders Advisory and Resource Council.
Aloha, my name is Theresa Donnelly, and I am the secretary of Boxer Club of Hawaii. Thank you so much for taking this on and questioning the AKC. I am involved with helping pass some animal protection bills here in Hawaii, and I have really enjoyed working with HSUS. I have been hoping that the AKC could partner with HSUS for some time. The fact that health is not a standard that is judged against in confirmation shows is wrong. As a hobby breeder, I feel health and temperament should come before appearance. I can only hope that the AKC will stop opposing bills like our commercial breed bill here. It is too bad too, because AKC has a lot of great programs and it hurts both sides when we don't work together. I thank you for standing up for what is right and confronting them for their breeding standards. We can only hope that as time goes by, more ethical breeders will join the fight. Theresa
As members of the dog community, we should all be aware of the threat posed to our existence by animal rights groups such as the HSUS. These groups are opposed to individual choice in regard to spay/neuter, crop/dock, and breeding in general. The members of "animal rights" groups have no credentials in animal husbandry to legitimize their positions, so they are latching onto others who are respected members of the dog community and using them to promote their anti-dog legislative agenda to the public. With the support of such a naïve person who also represents an AKC dog club, is it any wonder that the state of Hawaii is currently considering a law requiring every pet sold be sterilized?
While everyone is entitled to their personal opinion, however sadly misinformed, we strongly feel that this person who is publicly representing an AKC breed club needs to be educated in regard to the threats posed by animal rights groups, of which the HSUS is the largest, most aggressive and most dangerous to our existence. Perhaps such information would best come from the national parent club for the breed.
Churchill is reputed to have said that an appeaser is one who feeds the crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. There is no way to compromise or to work with animal rights groups because they have nothing to give up. We as dog breeders, on the other hand, have everything to lose.
California Federation of Dog Clubs