So it was a surprise when I arrived - and it seemed that no involvement of the CKC was going to be happening with this new "Breeder Code" - it was going to be geared towards another level of "responsible breeder" who wanted to attain a "seal of approval" and "certification" - and if indeed a "CKC breeder" ALSO wanted to achieve this certification as well - they could certainly apply to get it as well - they weren't precluded from getting it if they wanted - even though I was quick to point out that their bylaws made it impossible for them to sell their puppies to a pet store.
So it seems that the "National Companion Animal Coalition" will be the ones mentoring and marketing this program - which is why I say that the CKC is going to have some tough decisions to make - because they are a member of that coalition - are they going to want to be part of "certification" program of breeders that they don't deign to include in their own club? I don't know. That's for them to figure out.
Below is my blog post from last night - when I talked about what had previously been released by the Summit organizers - and my thoughts about PIJAC - of which I've got a lot of ideas - and end of the end of the summit today - my thoughts haven't changed too much about PIJAC. I'll be writing a new post about what happened at the Summit today - you'll just have to wait a bit for me to type it all out.....
Tomorrow I'm going to the "Urban Animal Summit" for the Atlantic Region - "The Regional Summits promotes industry collaboration, provides continuing education for industry management and expands the number of collaborators working toward common goals and urban animal strategies."
On April 8th - they "released the first iteration of the Breeder Codes of Practice" - you can go read it here.
They read exactly word by word - except that ONE SENTENCE has been REMOVED.
Can you guess what that one sentence is?
In the NEW Breeder Codes of Practice it reads -
Do you see something missing?
It looks to me like someone wants it to be okay for CKC registered dogs to be sold in pet stores.
I have been saying it for a long time on this blog - and it has finally come to fruition.
There was another email that came out April 4th from the Urban Animal Summits - talking about how "The Industry Drives to Eliminate Illegimate Breeding Practices" - and it was a link to a blog post where they were saying -
According to the 2008 and 2009 National Urban Animal Surveys there are more than a million cats and dogs being placed into Canadian homes each year. Of these homing episodes it appears that adoptions from legitimate animal welfare organizations account for 11%, registered breeders account for 8% and compliant retail establishments are thought to add another 16% of these placements. Only these 35% of placements come from inside the industry system of compliant homing organizations.What do they mean by a "compliant retail establishment"?
What is the definition of a "compliant retail establishment"? I have never heard that term before, have you? Is that a term that PIJAC has newly created so that pet stores can now sell CKC puppies?
If that's the case - then the puppymill world has just gotten a lot muddier in Canada - that's for sure. And the Canadian Kennel Club has got a lot of questions that need answered.
Because we all know that 99% of the puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills.
This conflict of interest has to stop between the Canadian Kennel Club, PIJAC, and Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, and the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies.