Even Jemima Harrison, who disagrees with HSUS on several issues, says she had second thoughts about attending — partly out of fear of being seen as “in league” with HSUS, partly because conferences are, after all, just conferences. “Will a conference make America roll over and sort out its pedigree dog problem? No.”
Then again, as HSUS sees it, one has to start, or restart, somewhere, and if there’s any issue dog lovers should be able to get together on, it’s this one.
“Every dog lover,” Pacelle noted, “should be on the same page … and no one — least of all those in the world of the dog fancy — should settle for anything less than the highest health standards for the animals we love so much.”
John Woestendiek is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, editor of the website Ohmidog! and author of Dog, Inc.: How a Collection of Visionaries, Rebels, Eccentrics and Their Pets Launched the Commercial Dog Cloning Industry.