It always pays to read the “small-print”. Doesn’t it?
Many ethical dog breeders believe that membership of the ANKC, and the individual State kennel clubs such as Dogs NSW or Vic gives them a sense of respectability when it comes to standards. Breeders have written to us saying that no Kennel Club member can sell their pups through pet shops, in other words “registered breeders” (registered by the ANKC ) are CLEARLY not contributing to the over-supply problem….. Our “Strict National Code of Ethics” etc
So how many ethical “registered breeders” know that the ANKC recently and very quietly snuck the following into their strict “Code of Ethics”:
ANKC National Code of Ethics of Responsible Dog Ownership
26. A member shall not:
1 Sell or dispose of a dog to a commercial pet wholesaler or retail pet shop unless they are accredited by the Pet Industry Association of Australia Limited (PIAA).
So what EXACTLY is this “accreditation?
You may have an answer – let us know!
We got this message from a breeder we know:
“It’s not just Dogs NSW, it has been slipped in to the ANKC Code of Ethics which applies to all state body kennel clubs. I asked Dogs Victoria about this last year asking where this came from. I never received a reply. I read in full my monthly gazette and I do not ever recall this slip in ever being advised to members. I am sure many do not even know it is there and I am sure many like me would be horrified.
I am now writing to the ANKC President – Hugh Gent to ask the same question. It infuriates me as an ANKC member. I do not approve. The only way I can show my dogs is to be a member of ANKC via Dogs Victoria and I will NOT agree to this. I pay for my membership and the body I pay these fees to are NOT representing my views. It is bull***. Accredited by PIAA will be no more than some puppy farmer paying a membership fee or some pet shop who sources from some puppy farmer.
I am furious about this and I will not rest until I get some answers.”
Well there we go again. The dollar speaks the loudest. Presumably some influential breeder wants to sell through pet shops and ANKC don’t want to lose the membership dollars. Here is an update from the breeder above:
” Also be aware that the recent RSPCA Puppy Farms Discussion paper invitation did go to the ANKC and state bodies for comment. NOT one sent out to members.
Details below – hope this helps and if you get an answer, we would be interested to see.
Action you can take:
Write to Hugh Gent expressing your displeasure at how they are pandering to the pet shop lobby, and ask why the RSPCA discussion paper on Puppy Farms was not distributed to members
President ANKC: firstname.lastname@example.org