We Must Stand Together—It’s Our Choice
In response to the Kennel Club in England exercising a new rule at Crufts 2012 that requires a veterinary exam for selected Best of Breed winners, which caused six dogs to be withheld from Group competition, Best In Show Daily readers expressed opinions that both supported and condemned the decisions. Senior Editor Christi McDonald writes today that the outpouring of emotion, though understandable, must not be permitted to divide the fancy. “If we stand united, we can fight anything,” she reminds us. “If we allow arguments to divide us from our kennel clubs and our peers in the sport of dogs, we will not be strong enough to stand against those who want to take away our right to breed and show dogs.”
In The Down and Back, Social Media Maven Pilar Kuhn weighs in on recent virtual conversations about the “natural” tails seen at Crufts, even as U.S. breeders can still choose which form serves their breed’s function best.
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We Must Stand Together
By Christi McDonald
Those of us who enjoy the avocation of owning, breeding and showing purebred dogs may never again hear a more pressing message than this: we must stand together and not allow internal battles to divide us, or we are destined to lose our war against animal rights extremists. If we stand united, we can fight anything; if we allow arguments to divide us from our kennel clubs and our peers in the sport of dogs, we will not be strong enough to stand against those who want to take away our right to breed and show dogs.
The words we must keep at the forefront of our minds were used by American revolutionary Patrick Henry, in a speech given in 1799: “United we stand, divided we fall. Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs.” more
The big stink during Crufts was the six breeds disqualified from the Group competitions upon their veterinary exams after being declared the Best of Breed winners. Most, if not all, of our readers were incensed and have voiced their intense displeasure on Facebook, Twitter and in comments posted on some of Billy Wheeler’s articles.
Another conversation on BISD’s Facebook and Twitter surrounded many breeds shown with natural ears and tails, since Crufts can no longer allow breeds with tails that were docked past a certain date, due in my opinion to the pressures brought by animal rights groups that impacted the decisions of lawmakers regarding animals in the United Kingdom. more