Organizations Fighting Puppy Mills
In the last decade of the 20th Century, many activist groups began to advocate for laws to better restrict and regulate the dog breeding industry. Publicity campaigns often highlighted kennels where dozens or hundreds of dogs were kept in very poor conditions. Although controversial, these campaigns have generally been very effective in creating public awareness.
Humane Society International
One of the world’s largest and influential animal protection organizations, Humane Society International (HSI) represents its members and constituents from across the US and Canada. An “effective voice for animals”, HSI's mission is to protect all animals through education,
American Kennel Club
The American Kennel Club (AKC), founded in 1884, is an organization primarily dedicated to the registration of purebred dog breeds, but also addresses issues of dog welfare and breeding. The club avoids defining "puppy mill" but does label a commercial breeder as one who "breeds dogs as a business, for profit" and a hobby breeder as "one who breeds purebred dogs occasionally to justifiably improve the breed, not for purposes of primary income." AKC does not license breeders; however, they do inspect breeders who sell AKC-registered litters.
Canadian Kennel Club
Similarly, The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC), which includes approximately 25,000 individual members and over 700 breed clubs across Canada, is the primary registry body for purebred dogs in Canada and currently recognizes 175 breeds. The Club registers purebred dogs, regulates dog shows and performance events, and speaks out on major issues concerning dog ownership and the health and welfare of dogs across Canada.
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investigation, litigation, legislation, advocacy, and field work. HSI Canada is part of Humane Society International, the international division of The Humane Society of the United States.
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