This was crossposted to me from a Schutzhund friend....
Subject: LH: O/T: Sign petition to GSDCA to reovke Hunte''s newly-granted membership
You may or may not be aware that the German Shepherd Dog Club of America has recently granted the biggest puppy miller in the USA - Andrew Hunte of the Hunte Corporation of Missouri - membership of the GSD Club of America and validation as a legitimate breeder. He is also recognized by the AKC. This man and his organization has caused misery to hundreds of thousands of animals of every breed. One of his biggest boasts as he presented to the GSDCA Board is that he has a new incinerator to dispose of animal remains (presumably those that are defective or are no longer producing enough puppies). His organization has been cited in the past for truckloads of puppies dying in the heat of summer or freezing in winter as they are hauled across country to stock the nations pet shops. He is the WORST of the worst in the misery of puppy mill breeding.
If any of you feel the way that I do about this, please sign the petition that will be presented to the GSDCA. Money talks and Andrew Hunte has a lot of that, so this may be ineffective, but the club needs to know how their acceptance of this monster is viewed by lovers of the breed. Here is the link:
"Revoke Membership of International Puppy Mill Broker, Andrew Hunte, from German Shepherd Dog Club of America"
I saw this on another forum and signed. But what do you expect from a breed club that has turned a wonderful, versatile breed into a sloppy caricature of itself. Have you seen what wins in the breed ring now?
I'm signing, but, if I may ask...how did he get granted with this? Did he lie, and the clubs just do not know it, or are they looking the other way because of the money (I'm assuming breed clubs get money when dogs are registered? I haven't got much experience with it, sorry if I'm wrong)?
Dogs cannot sin; that is a privilege exclusively for humans.
"I believe Hunte is both a dog breeder and a dog broker. In addition to the GSDCA, he also boasts of memberships in other breed clubs and registries. The last figures I saw indicated he is involved in registering approximately 1 million puppies annually. That's a big part of AKC's annual income. I'm sure AKC is well aware the Hunte is a cash cow and that he could just as easily take his business to another registry. They will not be speaking out against Hunte or his business practices anytime soon."
article pertaining to this:
GSD Club of America Votes In Andrew Hunte As A Member!
Jan. 07 Just last weekend the Board of Directors of the German Shepherd Dog Club of America voted (9 for, 8 against) to allow Andrew Hunte of the infamous Hunte Corporation, the largest wholesaler of pet shop puppies in the USA, in as a member of the National Breed (Parent) club. This was after written objections from a good percentage of the membership.
We are told Mr. Hunte was provided with copies of all the written objections and was then invited to present rebuttal to the Board which met in secret session behind closed doors. It seems that most GSDCA Board meetings are open to members and visitors so this was unusual. Mr. Hunte brought gifts (handouts carrying the Hunte Corporation logo), for each of the Board Members. He was accompanied by an individual thought to be his attorney. Hunte extolled the virtues of Hunte Corporation's facilities and the lovely way it cares for its puppies. The biggest news brag was about his new incinerator, which is to take the place of what was alleged to be nothing more than a huge ditch at the back of the corporate property. As was seen on TV in a different puppy mill expose, instead of shoveling dead dogs and puppies into the ditch, the bodies can be disposed of in the new incinerator. We’re told that one of the Directors was so sickened by the incinerator dialog and the pride with which the announcement was made that he was unable to sit through Hunte's presentation of his virtues.
Hunte was allowed to speak for 45 minutes whereupon the Board voted, the result being that the man who holds the distinction of being the nation’s largest distributor of puppy mill produce is now a member of one of the largest (and formerly, most respected) breed clubs in the country. The Board ignored the wishes of the membership, the board citing the risk of being sued as an excuse. There seems to have been some discussion in defense of Hunte which proclaimed him as "he is not a puppy miller, just a broker." That may be true; he is indeed a wholesaler who also claims to be a breeder and serious exhibitor. Yes, he has dogs being shown by top handlers.
In fact, AKC has welcomed the Hunte operation which is said to generate nearly a million registrations per year. Therefore it is apparently fine for a breed club to welcome him, too.
A cat by any other name... is still a sneaky little furball who pukes on the sofa.
Thank you Wandering for the information and article. I am horrified. This is the type of people you have to stay away from. But I have to ask myself why in the world would AKC and the GSD club allow such a breeder in their club? As unethical as it is… these clubs will gain a large amount of profit off of the registaration of each litter and the registration of the individual puppy. Money seems to be the root problem.
The love of money is the root of all evil. Well, I guess the cat is out of the bag now, the AKC is no more reputable than the APRI, the Cont. KC, etc. The next time I see an ad for AKC, where they tout themselves as working for the betterment of purebred dogs, I just might vomit.
Of course I signed this petitionand forwarded the link to my entire addressbook.....with a note about this horrible practice of puppy mills, and animal mills in general....the animal lovers will do it in a heartbeat and implore others to do this as well.....the others needed to know about this deplorable practice and help put an end to it.......Pet stores and the like need to be stopped from selling animals of any kind, which would go a long way in putting a stop to these kinds of people......but of course, they are just evil and the quest for $$ in this way is greater than the atrocities they invoke......it's easy when no one (the animals) can't fight back.......and what a joke the AKC brand has become.......another business for $$ instead of a voice for the animals.....