In which I become an activist!Posted: March 24, 2012
It was quite a shock to discover when I awoke this morning, that I am now an Animal Rights Activist!
Apparently an article I wrote supporting the Kennel Club in what I consider to be a brave and important step in canine welfare, did not go down too well in some doggy circles.
If you have not been following the story, the Kennel Club introduced veterinary checks at all Championship shows beginning with this year’s Crufts. The checks apply to 15 breeds considered to be at risk from conformational extremes. The six dogs that failed these checks were disqualified. An unprecedented and extraordinary event in the history of this show
The KC’s chairman Steve Dean said that the checks were initiated to “prevent dogs with clinical problems associated with exaggerated conformation competing in the group ring”
Advanced warning of the checks was given and the intention of introducing them for the first time at the world’s most prestigious dog show caused little comment in advance.
Once the ensuing disqualifications took place however, an almighty outcry occurred and the show dog community joined ranks to protest. In the aftermath of the show, a new organisation was born.
It was on this subject that I wrote and published an article for the Labrador Site. You can read the article here: The Canine Alliance.
I subscribe to the Retriever, dog and wildlife blog, and it was with interest this morning that I read a post about a British Gundog Trainer that had been accused of being an animal rights activist. It took a second or two for it to sink in that this was about me!
Those who disapprove of outsiders attempting to influence breeding practices in the UK seem to use the Animal Rights label to attempt to ‘diminish’ their critics quite regularly. Jemima Harrison has frequently been accused of being involved with PETA and the like.
But it is quite amusing to find this label hung on’yours truly’ as I should imagine it would be hard to find an Animal Rights activist in the UK that would be prepared to stand in the same room as me!
I have no idea how the thread panned out as I am not a member of the facebook group on which it was posted. Let me know if you saw it. I’m off to shave my head and get a tattoo.