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CT Update: Bills Supporting Police K-9s and Prohibiting Insurance Breed Discrimination Advance – American Kennel Club
Yesterday, two Connecticut General Assembly Joint Committees separately voted to advance bills supported by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Connecticut Federation of Dog Clubs and Responsible D...
Judging programs are up on Rau for the Edison specialties!:
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Hi Everyone, This is an email sent to a few folks. It's important and should be shared. It was not a link or an independent file, so it had to be copied as a screen shot, below. It is hard to read, so I will paste the content below. Please be careful, and share this information!
Please note that a rather sophisticated phishing email is being circulated, purporting to be from me asking for donations for our “critical programs”. This is NOT a legitimate email. If you or anyone you know receives it, please discard it immediately without taking any action.
The attacker is using a variety of fake email addresses to confuse email protection systems, but the opening paragraph of the email always looks something like this:
Many are also receiving an attached PDF donation form that looks like the image below. The physical mailing address is correct, but that is NOT our phone number. Do not call that number, as they will then have your number to use for other nefarious purposes.
Our security team is working with appropriate authorities to report this fraudulent behavior, but we suspect they will be long gone by the time anyone can do anything about it.
Phishing is a fraudulent practice of sending emails or other messages purporting to be from a reputable source in order to get individuals to reveal personal information or financial exchanges. It can also occur via text message and is known as smishing.
Below are some tips to prevent phishing:
Always check the email address. In this case, the email is not coming from an AKC email address. If you are unfamiliar with the email address, delete the email.
Do not give any personal or banking information without verifying the sender of the email.
Do not click any links or attachments in suspicious emails. This could lead to your computer being infected with malware or a virus.
Thank you for your diligence.
Dennis B. Sprung
American Kennel Club
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Thank you for sharing
Members of TarTan have already gotten this information, but please feel free to share these. Remember, trends in legislation tend to follow from one state to another, so even if you do not live in one of these states, you or your neighbors may eventually be affected. https://akc.org/clubs-delegates/…
Especially urgent now are some bills coming up in the Connecticut legislature. Comments are being solicited, though the deadline for submission is questionable. See below.
Please share this alert with Legislative Liaisons, Club Members, and Responsible Dog Owners in Connecticut.
On Wednesday, March 1, the Connecticut Joint Judiciary Committee’s public hearing agenda includes two bills that could negatively impacting dog breeders and owners.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) encourages all responsible dog owners and breeders in Connecticut to contact the Joint Judiciary Committee and express your concerns with SB 1060 and HB 6714. Scroll down for more information.
Senate Bill 1060, Concerning the Appointment of An Advocate in Proceedings Concerning the Welfare or Custody of Animals.
Summary: SB 1060 would amend current law that allows the court to appoint lawyers or law students to represent dogs and cats in proceedings concerning their welfare or custody and expand it to include “animals”. “Animal” means any brute creature, including, but not limited to, dogs, cats, monkeys, guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, birds and reptiles.
Authorizing the courts to appoint volunteer attorneys to legally represent animals raises multiple issues. Doing so could actually undermine animal welfare by changing the legal status of animals as property. Animal protection does not require the appointment of “court advocates” who are typically appointed for children or others with legal rights who lack mental capacity. AKC’s position on court-appointed animal advocates can be viewed here.
House Bill 6714, Concerning Cruelty to Animals.
Summary: HB 6714 would redefine the crime of sexual contact with an animal, require that veterinarians report suspected incidents of animal cruelty, and prohibit persons convicted of animal cruelty or having sexual contact with an animal from possessing or working with animals for a period of five years from the date of conviction or release from imprisonment.
Everyone agrees animal cruelty is a deplorable act, and that the enforcement of strong, clearly-worded animal cruelty statutes is key to safeguarding our beloved animals. Dog-related laws, including cruelty statutes, should also be clearly worded to ensure that animal husbandry practices, like artificial insemination, are not unintentionally made illegal. To that end, a clarifying amendment is needed for the proposed definition of “sexual contact with an animal” in line 71 to ensure that bona fide veterinary and animal husbandry purposes are not banned by HB 6714.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Register your opposition/comments with the Judiciary Committee by completing this form.
Fill in the fields for your name, and select “3/1/2023, 10:00AM” from the “Hearing Date and Time” drop down menu.
Select “SB0 1060- AAC THE APPOINTMENT OF AN ADVOCATE IN PROCEEDINGS”.
On the right-hand side, select “Opposes”.
Please select “Type in My Testimony” under “How do I want to submit my testimony?” to share your objections or select “Upload a file I select” to upload written testimony in PDF format. Then, click on the button “Submit Testimony”.
Then, register your “General Comments” on the right-hand side by completing the form again after selecting “HBO 6714 -AAC CRUELTY TO ANIMALS.
In addition, you may speak at the March 1, 2023, 10:00AM, public hearing in person or remotely. To do either, you must register by following these details before Sunday, February 28, 2023, at 3PM.
AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) will provide additional information as developments warrant. For more information, contact AKC GR at email@example.com.
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State Issues February 2023 – American Kennel Club
Alabama – SB 2 as pre-filed seeks to prohibit inmates from participating in training of dogs for tracking humans. AKC is monitoring this legislation.
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