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The avalanche of animal rights-driven proposed dog laws are evil enough. But many mushers, perhaps especially Inuit Dog mushers who seek long and challenging trails, are also facing tougher times finding them. Mushers in the United States outside of New Hampshire, and our international friends as well, might consider campaigns on their own behalf in their own regions, as described below. Ed.
Historic Law Takes Effect
According to the New Hampshire Mushers’ Association web site:
On June 26, 2007, the governor of New Hampshire signed a law that makes mushing a legitimate and recognized trail use. This is probably the first such law in the U.S. to recognize sled dogs and their training. The bill, started by the New Hampshire Mushers Association, was the result of much hard work over the past two years. Now law, it ensures that dog sleds and their operators have the same rights that snowmobiles, ATVs and riding horses have to trail access. It also ensures that future trail development will have to consider mushing along with the other more popular uses.
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Aboriginal Dog Conference
"Aboriginal Dog Breeds as a Part of Biodiversity and of the Cultural Heritage of Humankind", the first conference of its kind ever to be held anywhere, is set to take place from September 10 through the 15, 2007 in Almaty, Kazakhstan (central Asia). Presented by the Institute of Ecological Monitoring, the Club of Purebred Dogs of Kazakhstan and the International Primitive and Aboriginal Dog Society, the goal of the conference is "to awaken the public to the possibility of the extinction of aboriginal dog breeds, breeds which have played an important role in the development of civilization, and which at present find themselves on the verge of extinction in most parts of the world." Among the topics the organizers plan to cover are:
1. Breeds and groups of breeds of different countries, their history, distribution and contemporary state.
2. Selective breeding of aboriginal breeds.
3. Peculiarities of breeding, keeping, feeding and veterinary assistance concerning aboriginal dogs.
4. Importance of aboriginal dogs as a part of biodiversity and cultural heritage.
5. Information about activities of International Society of Primitive Aboriginal Dogs (PADS).
Unfortunately, it appears that there was no one in attendance at this conference specifically to represent the Inuit Sled Dog and do a presentation on the breed, although some ISD breeder/owners had been asked.
The proceedings of this conference may be published and available at some future time.