The Kennel Club (KC) has set out their vision for Dog Domination. On Monday I received by email, the Kennel Club News for November (as they say, "Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer. Lol) and one of the links is to "A Dog's Life Manifesto"
Now you're going to read it and think fair play, but just start to scratch and pick at it and you will see that all that glitters is not gold, but is more like a dog poo that the dog has eaten a tube of your children's glitter. Yes, I am implying the KC are full of shit, as I've mentioned before, this is them handling their good shit , bad shit ratio.
Now the main gist of the KC's "A Dog's Manifesto" if we remove all the rhetoric is revenue for them. At the moment registration of pups with them has been steadily dropping and that is their main income, so that they can maintain a high end address for their offices in London and pay all the directors (all twenty four of them) of the charity.
The first push from them for dog domination is the most powerful, getting control of all breeding of dogs. They don't as much say it, but I will for them, "They want the Assured Breeders Scheme to become law and that all dogs bred have to be registered with them." Why would they want this ? Simple answer is the revenue it will create, they could probably afford a few more Directors.
Let's look at the success of the Assured Breeders Scheme (ABS) that has been running for a good few years now. From the KC's figures they register around 250'00 puppies last tax year and only 31'000 of them were bred on the ABS, so for around 219'000 pups the KC took the money and closed their eyes to how they were bred. I pretty much can guarantee several of those 219'000 pups they took registration for came from puppy farms.
It is hard to find a figure for how many pups are bred each year in the UK, but saying around a million you would not be far off the mark, so the KC have roughly around 25 % of the potential registration market of pups and they are seeing a steady drop in registration with them of pups each year. The KC if of high morals, you would think would of by now rolled out the ABS to all puppies that are registered with them, have to be from a breeder on that scheme because it seems very hypocritical to bang on about puppy farming, but to still be taking registration of pups from breeders that they do not know what conditions the pups were reared in and confuses and misleads the general public. Let us not forget that with Cavaliers we have two major health issues one with the heart and the other with their skull/brain, but under the ABS all you have to do is eye test the parents, nothing else, it's laughable the welfare and care this scheme gives to the Cavalier.
The KC has become stuck between a rock and a hard place. Roll out the ABS to all pups registered and watch themselves lose a huge part of their registration revenue, have to shut down the swanky London address, cut back on directors or keep taking registration from puppy farmed pups. They have chosen to keep on taking registration fees from puppy farms and to balance up the bad shit to good shit ratio, show us though that they are furiously beating a drum at the law makers to solve their bad shit problem for them and hopefully that will ultimately lead to a lot more revenue, keeping the swanky London address and who knows maybe even more directors.
Now I do find it funny that the KC think they are up to policing dog breeding, when they can't even police the Breed Clubs and the KC is very much still the Breed Clubs bitch, so I would be very concerned if the KC was given any such powers to oversee all dog breeding, they have made such a mess of pure breeding, would we really want to set them free on all dog breeding ?
Now we come to the bit about "ACQUISITION" and point out one thing. The KC are to blame for the importing of pups because they were on the side of relaxation of pet travel, hence they are careful in their wording on this saying, "The unintended consequence of the relaxation of the Pet Travel Scheme was that there was a 400 percent increase in illegal entries into the UK." Note they use the word "unintended" when they should of put a bloody big apology for pushing for the relaxation of the pet travel scheme, so Champion Foo Foo Trixibelle could compete at Crufts (obviously that bit was a joke, that name is far to short for a champion show dog), but that is why the KC pushed for relaxation of pet travel, so oversea champions could compete here and vice versa. They really care about the welfare of all dogs (a bit like the pigs in ,"Animal Farm" though), but some dogs welfare is more important than others and who don't like seeing a dog from overseas at Crufts winning a ribbon, whilst their dog dies from rabies, you just got to put things into KC perspective.
There is a reason why nearly a hundred years have gone by without a case of rabies in the UK, very tight pet movement rules and that reason was taken away for dogs to be shown. It's a bit like saying, "since the introduction of the law to wear seat belts, no one has been thrown throw a windscreen wearing one, so we are going to stop that law and remove sit belts from cars." Relaxing pet movement was crazy and we were thought crazy to protest about it, but we saw the writing on the wall, the massive explosion of imported puppy farmed puppies and for the future the reintroduction to the UK of rabies.
The bits about training and responsible dog ownership are all ways for the KC to improve revenue and many of the head honchos (Show Judges) run courses and earn nicely out of this side of dogs. I totally agree with the electric collar and animal testing issues, but find it hard to take when the KC talk about dangerous dogs, when they allow the breeding of dogs that their purpose was for fighting/baiting and then promote them as family dogs. The ideal of pure breeding is to improve a breed, if a dog was bred as a fighting/baiting breed to improve it, would be to make it better for its purpose and if you do that, you would breed for higher aggression, stronger build and a really strong jaw and teeth. You have to ask, if we want to improve dogs as animals to live within our communities and families, should we still be breeding fighting/baiting dog breeds?
Now you might not agree with me being so hard on the KC because most of the ideas would improve a dogs lot, but that would be down to policing and as we already know the police proved unable to police themselves, so what makes us think a dog registration club like the KC would be any better at policing themselves (especially when high revenues are involved), because that is what this is, the KC wanting to police their own patch, history shows us this type of policing never works. We need better legislation for dogs and pets in general, but please don't allow the Breed Clubs aka the KC to run the show, please no !
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me with Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
Hello, I am Jane, you might of guessed, I love dogs. We are situated in the North Devon countryside, England, United Kingdom. Our home is occupied by my husband, David, our children, pack of dogs and me.