Seems that the Australian National KC's (ANKC) style of management is to basically bury their head in the sand waiting for you to get tired of waiting for a reply and hopefully you then go away. Just popping their eyes above the sand to check the coast is clear.
What I'm banging on about is the lack of reply to my email sent to them on the 19th May 2017 voicing my concerns about an article written by their own Chair of their Canine Health and Wellbeing Committee veterinarian Karen Hedberg BVSc, which can be read on my blog Yet another vet that does not know their Cephalic Index from their Craniofacial Ratio. In this article she tells us that Cavaliers don't suffer with Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) (when they do suffer with this awful condition), that Pomeranians and Maltese are bracycephalic (when they are not and are classified as mesaticephalic, so would not suffer with BOAS) and that only 5-6 breeds develop BOAS (when recent research has recorded at least 14 brachycephalic breeds with BOAS).
So what has the AKC done on receiving my letter expressing my concerns about the welfare impact this vets statements could have for Cavaliers and other brachycephalic breeds? The answer is just keep sending me an email saying,
Receipt is acknowledged of your email, dated 26 June 2017 which will be forwarded to the relevant Department to be actioned.
If you require further information, please contact this Office either by email via email@example.com or by telephone on 02 9834 3022.
Promoting Responsible Dog Ownership
PO Box 632 St Marys NSW 1790
44 Luddenham Road ORCHARD HILLS NSW 2748
Ph: +61 2 9834 3022 or 1300 728 022 Fax: +61 2 9834 3872
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.dogsnsw.org.au
(Royal NSW Canine Council Limited ACN 062 986 118 (trading as Dogs NSW)"
That email was in reply to this email I sent trying to find out if they intend on giving a reply,
"Dear DOGS NSW,
could you please let me know if you or the "relevant Department" intend to give a reply to my concerns about the article written by Karen Hedberg BVSc (who is also Chair of the Australian KC's Canine Health and Wellbeing Committee) expressed to you in the original email above dated the 19th May 2017.
Please be aware that this is a matter of integrity on your part, as I have published on my blog that I have contacted the Australian KC on this matter and are awaiting your reply. Although you may not feel having to reply me is of any importance, but even without courting social media, I do get a substantial enough readership of my blog and large part of that readership traffic comes in from Australia.
If I have not heard anything from you by the end of this week, being the 30th June 2017, I will presume that the Australian KC has decided not to give a reply and will write the follow up blog to me contacting you, informing of this inaction on your part.
I have sent one more email after their reply asking for a time span that they will give me a reply.
27 Jun at 12:07 PM
Dear DOGS NSW,
could you give a time span of when the "relevant Department" will give me a reply to the email you sent to the "relevant Department" in your reply acknowledging that email on the 28th May 2017. It is now over a month ago I sent the original email as follows,
"Jane Howarth <email@example.com>
19 May at 3:12 PM
Dear DOGS NSW (I hope I have contacted the right body on this issue),
I'm a breeder of Cavaliers in the UK. Recently Karen Hedberg BVSc, an Australian vet who is also Chair of the Australian KC's Canine Health and Wellbeing Committee wrote an article called, "Stop Brachy bashing!!" which can be read on most bracycephalic breeders Facebook pages now and on my blog athttp://www.cavalierpoos.com/whats-going-on-at-poundlane/yet-another-vet-that-does-not-know-their-cephalic-index-from-their-craniofacial-ratio . In the article she claims without any evidence to support her claims that Cavaliers do not get Brachycephalic Obstructed Airway Syndrome (BOAS), that Maltese and
Pomeranians are brachycephalic, and that only 5 to 6 Brachycephalic breeds suffer with BOAS. These are all spurious claims.
As you should be aware Cavaliers do suffer with BOAS, as an Australian research paper confirms "Cavaliers were most common breed for BAOS surgery among 155 Australian dogs. In a study of BAOS surgery on 155 Australian dogs, the cavalier was the most common breed (29 dogs, 18.7%). The researchers found: "All CKCS had an elongated soft palate and accounted for 41% of the laryngeal collapse cases."Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome Surgery: a Retrospective Analysis of Breeds and Complications in 155 Dogs. Joy-Maree Wetzel, Philip Moses. ANZCVS 2010 Science Week.
Also Pomeranians and Maltese are not classified as brachycephalic, and a study of bracycephalic breeds "Impact of Facial Conformation on Canine Health: Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome" by Rowena M. A. Packer , Anke Hendricks, Michael S. Tivers, Charlotte C. Burn
Published: October 28, 2015https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0137496, puts confirmed affected BOAS dogs in breeds at, at least 14 breeds different brachycephalic breeds.
I am asking as she is Chair of the Australian KC's Canine Health and Wellbeing Committee that you ask that she retract the false statements she has made in her article (which will only lead to more misdiagnosis and suffering in brachycephalic breeds) and apologies for these incorrect statements. I have been contacted by people who's Cavaliers died due to lack of understanding that Cavaliers suffer with BOAS and asked to highlight this through my blog. The statement by this vet claiming Cavaliers don not get BOAS, is a step backwards and will only perpetuate more missed diagnoses of this condition in Cavaliers and thus more suffering for this breed. For the Chair of the Australian KC's Canine Health and Wellbeing Committee to write that Cavaliers do not get BOAS brings shame on the Australian KC.
I await your actions and reply
It still stands that if I do not receive a reply by the 30th June 2017, I will go ahead with publishing the facts that after a month since contacting you, I have received no reply to the issues I have brought to the AKC about Karen Hedberg's article and just get told "will be forwarded to the relevant Department to be actioned." I have not even been told exactly who or what the "relevant Department" is. When you tell someone an action will be forthcoming it is common courtesy and law in many cases to give a date by which that action will be forthcoming.
I await your actions.
Jane Howarth "
I have received no reply to that email sent 6 days ago. It has been now over a month since I first contacted the ANKC on the matter of Karen Hedberg's article, and without not even knowing who or what the "relevant Department" is or even a time span they hope to reply me, frankly my patience has worn thin.
The ANKC's HEALTH & WELLBEING policy tells us that, "The Canine Health & Wellbeing Committee (CHWC) promotes the health and welfare of dogs through education, investment in research, breed improvement schemes and responsible breeding practices to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with caring and informed owners." It is obvious from Karen Hedberg's (who is on the Canine Health & Wellbeing Committee) article about brachycephalic breeds, that she is in breach of this policy statement and the lack of response from the ANKC makes me wonder whether they care more for the ego of members, than the health and wellbeing of dogs.
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