As indicated in a recent post to the ANKC Ltd Facebook page by the President, the FCI is revamping its Judges Directory, ANKC Judges who are already listed will become FCI Breed Judges, FCI Group Judges or FCI National All Breed Judges.
If an Australian All Breeds Judge would like to become an FCI International All Breeds Judge they will need to complete the FCI Application Form. The completed form must be forwarded to the relevant Member Body office for onforwarding to ANKC Ltd.
Correspondence from the NSW Department of Primary Industries re DOGS NSW submission
The following was received today from the Department of Primary Industries regarding the DOGS NSW submission about the proposed changes to the regulations of POCTA.
As soon as the consultation report is released DOGS NSW will notify you about the public consultation process. When the report is released please be ready to contact your local member and also be ready to make your own submission. DOGS NSW will be preparing a response to the report.
Meanwhile, stay in contact with your local members and remind them that we are concerned to ensure hobby breeding and the activities of DOGS NSW are not adversely affected.
If the report is adverse to our interests as breeders we need to be ready for action.
As you are aware, NSW Department of Primary Industries recently released the draft Breeding of Dogs and Cats, and Animals in Pet Shops, Standards and Guidelines for targeted consultation.
We are writing to advise the consultation period for this draft has now ended.
We have received submissions presenting a wide range of views on the draft Standards and Guidelines. Over the coming months, we will be reviewing the feedback received and revising the draft documents.
In doing this, we will consider the potential impacts on industry participants, animal welfare needs and community expectations.
We will prepare a consultation report, which will summarise the feedback received in submissions.
This report will be published along with the revised draft Standards and Guidelines later this year for public consultation, when we will be seeking feedback from all interested stakeholders.
If you have any enquiries about the next steps, please email email@example.com
Dr Bruce Christie
Deputy Director General Biosecurity & Food Safety
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Locked Bag 21 | ORANGE NSW 2800
T : 02 6391 3100 | E : firstname.lastname@example.org
DOGS NSW supports government initiative, but not to harm responsible hobby breeding
DOGS NSW, the peak body for all purebred dogs in New South Wales, has submitted an extensive response to the proposed revision of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Breeding Dogs and Cats) Standards 2017 under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulation 2012.
“DOGS NSW supports the government’s initiative to ensure the welfare of all puppies bred in NSW, as well as the revision of the POCTA Standards and Guidelines to ensure that substandard puppy farms are eliminated, and intensive commercial breeding facilities are regulated appropriately. But we do not want responsible hobby breeding to be harmed in any way,” said Brian Crump, spokesperson for DOGS NSW.
With more than 9,000 members of pedigree breeders and dog owners, DOGS NSW is a globally-recognised peak body that promotes breeding, showing, trialling, obedience and other canine-related activities, and the ownership of temperamentally and physically sound purebred dogs - registered with the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) in NSW.
DOGS NSW’s submission follows a lengthy consultation with members, including a meeting live-streamed online on December 18 to an audience of 22,000 dog lovers from across the country.
DOGS NSW’s proposal encourages responsible breeding “DOGS NSW’s re-draft of the POCTA Standards and Guidelines will allow for successful regulation of intensive commercial breeding facilities, whilst not imposing punitive restrictions on small-scale hobby breeders. Particularly those who - as members of DOGS NSW - are already regulated and accountable to the DOGS NSW Code of Ethics,” said Mr Crump.
"The DOGS NSW Code of Ethics has been in place for many years and is stringently enforced by DOGS NSW through its compliance and judicial regime", he added.
DOGS NSW further seeks to distinguish between hobby breeding and intensive commercial breeding where more than ten breeding bitches are involved.
“We strongly believe that, should the Standards and Guidelines be introduced, small scale DOGS NSW breeders will be unable to meet the exhaustive commercial requirements, thus pushing the breeding of dogs and cats directly towards the large commercial enterprises,” said Mr Crump. “The likely impacts would include a reduction of pedigree breeds, the demise of DOGS NSW flagship events and sports and compliance monitoring by DOGS NSW and welfare standards would be negatively impacted.”
DOGS NSW breeders make a positive difference in society by supplying puppies to organisations such as NSW Police, Assistance Dogs Australia and Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.
“We hope the Minister (The Hon Niall Blair MLC) will recognise the very special position that DOGS NSW breeders hold in the community with their ongoing health testing and ability to breed dogs fit for purpose (ie working dogs, assistance dogs),” said Mr Crump. “We look further to discussing how we may assist the Government in their commendable efforts to ensure improved health and welfare for all canines in NSW.”
DOGS NSW urges members and all dog lovers to contact their local member of Parliament and raise their concerns about the profound impact these Standards will have on the future of purebred dogs in NSW.
Members attention is directed to the following documents;
Now, in the supposed information era, there is much mis-information about dogs, and yet there is so much to learn.
“While ever I work with dogs I learn something new about them – everyday!” Dr Robert Zammit.
Consequently, we have embarked on the presentation of a series of seminars, gathering experts in the field of canine science, be it behaviour, nutrition, reproduction, genetics and the host of other headings under the husbandry and science of this species.
At the end of each seminar there will be question time on the topics followed by an open forum where you can ask various experts, including Dr Robert Zammit and others any questions that they may help you with or they may need to research before the next seminar.
The next seminar, in February, covers "Part 2- Rearing Puppies for Behavioural Brilliance", presented by Dr Le Hammer, AND the second lecture will be "Gastric Tympany and Volvulus" presented by Dr Luke Smith.
Tuesday, 20th February, 2018
The Bill Spilstead Canine Complex
44 Luddenham Road, Orchard Hills
The lecture will commence at 7.00pm.
To RSVP for the February seminar please email Brooke at email@example.com or phone 96271257 (Bus. Hours).
A further seminar has now been booked for Thursday April 18. The Topic will be:'The sense and nonsense of cardiac health screening in breeding dogs.' Lecturer will be from Sydney University, Prof. Niek Beijerink DVM PhD Dipl. ECVIM-CA (Cardiology).
*Read about the breakthrough cardiac surgery being performed with Prof. Niek Beijerink at Sydney University, in an article featured in DOGS NSW February magazine.
* New seminar dates for 2018 are being planned at present and we will inform you when dates are confirmed.