The Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust is committed to promoting responsible dog ownership and breeding and the health of purebred dogs. The trust has supported and backed the “Fit For Function, Fit For Life” campaign being run by The Kennel Club and has embraced the revised Breed Standards which address specifically breed health. The trust feels that the main way to change the breeding practices of a very small minority of irresponsible dog breeders is in the competition arena, and those who may be inclined to reward unfavourable breeding practices. To this end the Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust in April 2010, committed funding to host a full set of the Dog Show Judges Training Scheme Seminars and exams during 2010/2011. A high emphasis during these seminars and exams will be that judges must only reward fit and healthy specimens in the show ring, which are apparently free from obvious health conditions or faults. It is also important, not to simply alienate breeders and show exhibitors, but instead to take action to encourage them to take part in trust events, training and education schemes. It is only by engaging with them and working with them, that the trust can positively promote responsible dog breeding.
As an independent registered charity the Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust will continue to work with a great emphasis on Health & Welfare of dogs cross breed and pedigree. The Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust continues to work with its veterinary advisers in making decisions on matters of policy, events, shows and activities. The Companion Dog Shows run and supported by the Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust provide an incredibly positive platform for the trust to reach the wider dog owning public and engage with all breeders, owners and further the trusts work in promoting responsible dog ownership and responsible breeding. The Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust will continue to appoint at its shows, reputable, considerably experienced dog show judges, who will continue to be briefed on the importance of Pedigree Dog Health & Welfare.
It must also be added that fundraising revenue that the Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust receives from Companion Dog Shows, gets put back into the trusts schemes and initiatives including the trusts “Health & Welfare Fund” and School & Youth Group Visits & Education Schemes. The loss of such fundraising revenue would seriously impact the work of the trust in the areas of dog health & welfare, and educating the next generation of dogs owners and breeders in Central Bedfordshire.
Gary Gregory, Chief Executive Of Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust commented “The RSPCA have their own agenda and misguided reasoning’s behind their decision. However The Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust is extremely committed to the Health & Welfare of all dog’s pedigree and crossbreed, and under no circumstances will it withdraw its support from any dog shows, in any way. The Kennel Club have done wonders for pedigree dog health, and long may it continue. The Kennel Club and Kennel Club Licensed events have our 100% support”