SIX KENNEL clubs have joined forces to demand changes from the FCI.
The Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian and Swedish clubs want to see reform and have come up with a list of propositions they hope will bring it about quickly.
Together, the six countries account for half the FCI’s revenue – making them highly influential, according to the Norwegian Kennel Club (NKK).
The initiative follows discussions held during the general assembly of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale’s European section in Norway during the European Show.
This in turn followed a stand-off between the FCI and NKK following the latter’s protests against the decision to hold the 2019 World Show in China, which had resulted in the threat of sanctions from the FCI.
Among the changes the group of kennel clubs want to see are the FCI’s voting system based on the average amount of fees paid to the FCI over the previous two years, and a maximum of five votes for any country. It believes that the FCI’s new member countries should register 3,000 dogs yearly for three years before being approved.
It feels the FCI should be more transparent and minutes from meetings made available to the public. World Dog Shows and section shows should be rotated, it believes, and the FCI’s European section divided into between two to four sections.
The kennel clubs are also demanding statute changes so that dog welfare activities of member clubs should be improved in every country.
The clubs are asking the FCI’s General Committee to appoint a working group to discuss these proposals and a report to be given by the end of March, and an additional FCI General Assembly meeting should be held before November 2016.
NKK chief executive Trine Hage said: “We’re so happy and proud that big countries have joined us to require extensive changes to the FCI, in addition to more focus on the dog’s welfare and dog owners’ interests. These six countries account for 50 per cent of the FCI’s revenue and have great influence.
“The NKK has in recent months been heavily involved in the China matter and we’re very grateful for the support we’ve received from our country and abroad, not to mention the positive attention which is now directed towards dog welfare in both Norwegian and international media.”
FCI executive director Yves de Clercq declined to comment saying: “This is an internal proposal and we will make no comment on it until our General Committee had a chance to discuss it.”