Inclusive or elitist?

The Kennel Club Question Time Event rolled into Leicester yesterday and, admittedly not the largest audience ever, five EFG badges could be seen so Glen of Imaal Terriers were very well represented indeed.

What can be said about the evening? The Kennel Club were charming, polite, nodded sagely, and agreed with many of the audience points. It was a wonderful illustration of how behind the KC are with general thinking (note that says how behind NOT are behind). The audience wanted to go for the jugular in health testing; they wanted it hard and they wanted it now. “It’s under review.” The audience wanted more restrictive registration. “It’s under review”. The audience wanted the Assured Breeder Scheme to mean something and wanted it tightening a lot…take a guess “it’s under review”. The audience wanted the Kennel Club to be pedigree dogs not crossbreeds and mutts. The Kennel Club thought that wasn’t such a good idea as it could be seen to be elitist!

It has to be said, so it might as well be done on here, isn’t the whole idea to be elitist? Aren’t we all striving to show that we are at least one rung above others? Isn’t the whole idea to show that pedigree dog people who have attached their banner to the KC are proud of what they do and want to stand up and shout about it? It might be nice of the Clarges Street hierarchy to attempt the inclusive route but do their “customers” (me and you) really want that?

4 thoughts on “Inclusive or elitist?

  1. Liz did you really expect anymore from a private members club who are responsible to whom ?themselves . They make too much money from registrations to stop the milch cow would lose them income and to the kc money talks.

    • Steve, I think the KC are just too nice. They bought in one of the big bruisers of the Bull Terrier world with Bill but seem to have diluted him (sometimes) to their beautiful polite level. I have a lot of respect for the extremely hard working Caroline but her ladylike manner doesn’t really cut the mustard in the cut and thrust of today’s big time animal welfare politics.

  2. I would say the kennel club are too naive rather than nice. The panel clearly didn’t feel the venom directed towards mongrel breeding nor the anger felt at the Kennel Clubs refusal to take a more active stance against those who breed purely for sale. Each time puppy farming & cross breeding comes up they field the example of Guide Dogs For The Blind who breed a lot of crosses for work. Don’t they realise that Guide Dogs don’t sell any of these?

  3. Sue the only crosses which in my opinion are much use are lurchers and lab x collies which i have found to be damn good all round field dogs and otterhound x foxhounds. They are terrified of the “media” and the likes of the rspca who in my opinion are a political organisation they must start saying it as it is and show the truth. I have met Steve Dean once and thought him a good chap who could and should be put forward more to speak to the public. On breeding to sell Sue its money that talks and until the face up to it aka look in the mirror nothing will be done.

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