Denise Wall Posted December 10, 2009 Report Share Posted December 10, 2009 Shows at 8PM and 11PM Dec 10, 2009 Check listings here: http://www.bbcamerica.com/404.jsp This hard hitting documentary prompted an impressive number of changes in the purebred dog breeding world. I asked Jemima Harrison, who produced this film, to list some of the most important changes that have come to pass since this documentary first aired in the UK. Here's her answer: The most changes to date have come in the UK. The KC will no longer register the progeny of father/daughter; mother/son or full-sib matings (unless convinced of a strong scientific reason for doing so). The KC is running a prominent "fit for function, fit for life" campaign It has made changes to 78 breed standards in order to discourage/reverse exaggerations and has added the following clause to every breed standard: "A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function. Absolute soundness is essential. Breeders and judges should at all times be careful to avoid obvious conditions or exaggerations which would be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed. From time to time certain conditions or exaggerations may be considered to have the potential to affect dogs in some breeds adversely, and judges and breeders are requested to refer to the Kennel Club website for details of any such current issues. If a feature or quality is desirable it should only be present in the right measure." the KC has commissioned an independent enquiry into dog-breeding that will report in January. Headed by Professor Sir Patrick Bateson (a descendant of William Bateson who coined the term "genetics") it is expected to make strong recommendations regarding the need to preserve/improve genetic diversity. The APGAW report is downloadable from here: http://www.apgaw.org/reports.asp The RSPCA report is downloadable from here: http://www.rspca.org.uk/in-action/issuesindepth/pedigreedogs two other independent enquiries - one from the RSPCA and one an all-party parliamentary group - have come to the same broad conclusions as the film - that there are serious welfare problems that need to be addressed urgently. Both have favoured self-regulation rather than new legislation and also recognise that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution. the KC has just signed up to the following welfare principles: 1) every dog should be born with the best possible chance of living a healthy and happy life, well suited to its intended lifestyle 2) all those who breed dogs should prioritise health, welfare and temperament over appearance when choosing which animals to breed, in order to protect the welfare of both the parents and offspring 3) all those who benefit from dogs have a collective responsibility to work together to protect dog welfare the KC has announced that it is keen to allow the registration of the LUA Dals and that objections from the breed club (requested by Dec 31) can only be on the grounds of health and welfare (ie.not on the grounds of breed purity). Although the KC has allowed some limited outcrossing in the past, it is definitely being more proactive in this area. See also: http://www.bsdaofgb.co.uk/inter-variety_breeding.htm The KC has launched a new Canine Genetics Centre based at the Animal Health Trust (the main developer of DNA tests in the UK) The Animal Health Trust says it has had a "huge increase in breeders" wanting to help in the development of new DNA tests since the programme. The KC has improved judge's training inc that judges of gundog breeds must attend field trials before being allowed to judge at Ch show level. Breed clubs' Code of Ethics are no longer allowed to condone the culling of healthy puppies that don't meet the breed standard. The KC has withdrawn the allocation of CCs from GSDs in 2012, demanding evidence that conformation problems in the breed are being tackled. ( http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/2791/23/5/3) Many more cavaliers are being MRI scanned for syringomyelia. (A three-fold increase in the number of MRI-scanned dogs listed on the UK Club's website) The KC has promised breed health plans for every breed. Part of this will be an assessment of the genetic diversity of every breed. (Bit sceptical about this last bit but they'll be nagged if they don't do it...) The RSPCA is funding the University of Sydney to develop a veterinary-based disease-surveillance scheme. Just in case this sounds quite a lot, it isn't really. Mostly it's just words. But the words ARE welcome and it feels like a corner has been turned here. AUSTRALIA ANKC has said it will adopt the UK breed standard changes ANKC is funding the Uni of Syndey to assess the level of inbreeding in Australian dogs. CANADA the promise to review the amended UK KC breed standards of breeds of UK origin (but don't think they've done anything!) USA AKC forms Health + Welfare Adivsory Council (can't prove it but I think it is pre-emptive) http://www.akc.org/news/index.cfm?article_id=3909 Jemima Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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