The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

March 20, 2013

Readers' Forum 3-20 | AKC not a supporter of puppy mills

JOHNSTOWN — Ruth Cummings’ assertion in her Readers’ Forum letter of March 15, “Help the animals that have no voice” that “the American Kennel Club encourages the exploitation of dogs because it makes a fortune from these puppy mills” is incorrect.

The AKC does not support puppy mills or irresponsible breeding. In fact, it has done more to improve the breeding conditions for dogs in the U.S. than any other animal welfare organization.

Any person wishing to register a litter with the American Kennel Club must be in good standing with AKC and is subject to inspection by AKC’s compliance department, which upholds and enforces identification and record-keeping requirements as well as our care and condition standards. We have conducted approximately 55,000 inspections since 2000. The AKC is the only purebred registry in the United States with an ongoing routine kennel inspection program.

We encourage anyone looking to add a dog to their family to work with a responsible breeder or credible rescue group.

How can one tell if a breeder is responsible? Good breeders are most concerned with finding loving, secure homes for their puppies, not how much money they will make. Breeders will want to meet any potential buyers and will ask questions about lifestyle so that they can make a good match between one of their puppies and the family. They will be able to provide insight into the pup’s personality so that the most suitable situation will result for both dog and owner.

Dog lovers can learn more at www.akc.org.

Lisa Peterson

Director of Communications

American Kennel Club

Digging deeper into privatization

Gov. Tom Corbett wants to privatize liquor sales by getting the state out of the liquor and beer business. Seems like a noble venture. In reality, it is nothing more than pandering to political contributors.

However, beer sales could be made more convenient by package reform. Since prohibition ended, Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has been urged to allow distributors to sell six-packs or 12-packs for the convenience of all customers. No dice.

Now, Corbett wants to go whole hog and allow distributors to sell liquor and wine at a cost of $150,000 while the big-box stores only have to pay $25,000 to $35,000.

Sounds like a fair deal to me to invest $150,000 and try to compete with Walmart.

“D” distributors don’t have the space or the capital to do that. Walmart, for instance, does and it would not have to hire one more person. It would just shuffle its staff to cover the “beer/wine area” with people who don’t care or know a thing about beer or wine.

How many jobs are lost when the 1,200 “Ds” are eliminated? How convenient will it be when prices go up because the box stores don’t carry as many brands and all they want to do is sell in smaller quantities (six- and 12-packs) at higher margins than case sales and don’t carry kegs?

Privatization sounds great. Dig a little deeper and it is not so great. All this in the name of our children, who will only see a pittance of a return on the job losses.

Norman Sunday

Bargain Beer N Pop

Johnstown

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