AKC's Letter Urging FCI to Move 2016 World Dog Show From Russia

AKC "will not support participation in the 2016 World Dog Show if it is held in Russia." Read the AKC's letter to the president of the FCI urging him to replace Russia as the host country of the 2016 World Dog Show.

August 9, 2013

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American Kennel Club

On July 26, 2013, Alan Kalter, AKC Chairman of the Board, and Dennis Sprung, AKC President and CEO, sent a letter to Rafael de Santiago, the president of the FCI, urging him to move the 2016 World Dog Show from Russia to another country because of Russia's recent laws regarding gays and lesbians. The letter reads:

Dear Rafael,

One of the most compelling aspects of the human-canine bond – cherished internationally more than ever before – is the fact that our dogs love us unconditionally. Dogs do not discriminate. Gender, race, sexual orientation and other status do not enter the equation of responsible pet ownership.  That is why the American Kennel Club and our constituency are puzzled and disappointed by the decision to allow Russia to host the 2016 World Dog Show.  The proliferation of anti-gay and lesbian laws in Russia today is both disturbing and shocking to our community.  The choice of this country as a venue for such a prestigious dog show flies in the face of the ideals of the human-canine bond. 

On behalf of the American Kennel Club, our member clubs, and the American purebred dog fancy, we urge you to move the 2016 World Dog Show from Russia to a nation that respects and upholds human rights for all its citizens.  The international dog community deserves to enjoy the World Dog Show in a place that stands for freedom and equal rights for all.  AKC cannot and will not support participation in the 2016 World Dog Show if it is held in Russia.

As exhibitors, breeders, handlers and trainers, we teach our dogs many things.  But there is no denying, they teach us too.  Our bond with dogs is not defined by the type of person who holds the leash.  We cannot support competition in an environment where tolerance does not exist.   

Yours respectfully,

Alan T. Kalter
Chairman of the Board
Dennis B. Sprung
President and CEO

 

 

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Rose   Bedford, New Hampshire

2/7/2014 7:24:27 PM

I am out raged by your senseless and cruel behavior toward innocent
animals.
I will not watch one moment of the

Winter Olympics and when the word gets out I am

sure hundreds of thousands of people world wide will do like wise, I pray.

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rose   Bedford, New Hampshire

2/7/2014 7:07:11 PM

Stop the senseless murder of innocent animals use

a human approch. Our creator made animals to be cared for by humans. Dogs are able to give more in return then humans can give to them. They protect, guide & help handdcap, sniff out drugs, bombs, IUD,s in war torn countrys, even find cancer cells in humans before thay are detected nt
doctors.
Russia you need to stop and take a good long look at what you are depriving your people.

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rose   Bedford, New Hampshire

2/7/2014 7:02:32 PM

Stop the sensless murder of innocent animals.

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rose   Bedford, New Hampshire

2/7/2014 6:59:57 PM

Stop the senseless murder of innocent animals use

a human approch. Our creator made animals to be cared for by humans. Dogs are able to give more in return then humans can give to them. They protect, guide & help handdcap, sniff out drugs, bombs, IUD,s in war torn countrys, even find cancer cells in humans before thay are detected nt
doctors.
Russia you need to stop and take a good long look at what you are depriving your people.

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