When PeTA moved their corporate headquarters to the state of Washington in
the late 1980’s and immediately pushed a mandatory spay/neuter law through in Kings
County (a rural agricultural county with a then-population of about 10,000)
we knew they were establishing a base from which to aggressively push their
agenda in California. California has always been a political bellwether
state and we knew that anything that slipped through here would be taken up
across the country in a heartbeat.
CFoDC was organized in 1990 by fanciers, breeders, judges, trainers from all
over the state. We incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 1991. If we weren’t the first
state federation to organize, we were one of the first. For several years,
we had great support from dog clubs and individuals all over the state. We
fought against several bills and defeated them including Sen. Herschel
Rosenthal’s statewide breeder’s license proposal.
In the ensuing years, we were instrumental in defeating several other bills
detrimental to the dog fancy, and spent much time traveling the state
speaking at club meetings, manning booths at dog shows, attending and
testifying at hearings in Sacramento. We had regional “reporters” who kept
us apprised of legislative doings in their area. We had an Education
Coordinator who had a super program for schools. We forged alliances with
the Cat Fancier’s Association, Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, The Animal
Council, and several other animal oriented organizations in this state.
Clubs were happy to have us announce upcoming meetings, and those were
always well attended. We lost a few legislative battles but won several.
Then there was a lull in the animal rights’ movement’s push in California because
they were concentrating on pushing PAWS at the federal level with AKC’s
support. When all the state federations opposed PAWS, their links were
summarily removed from AKC’s website and “Life” happened to several of our
Even so, for several years a few of us worked diligently behind the scenes
defending dog owner’s rights with little to no support from the dog fancy or
clubs in California, including testifying in Sacramento against SB861, the bill that
allowed AB1634 and several local ordinances (such as the Los Angeles County mandatory
spay/neuter) to be introduced and railroaded through.