Small minds and syringomyelia

We now have the details of the Special General Meeting where the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club will attempt to oust Margaret Carter from their Health Committee for revealing on the Pedigree Dogs Exposed documentary that a top-winning exhibitor was breeding from a Cavalier that had been diagnosed as having syringomyelia - despite veterinary advice not to breed from this dog. This is the often very painful condition that was memorably described as like having a brain like a size 10 foot crammed into a size 6 shoe.

Yew Lodge Hotel, Kegworth, 12 noon Sunday 5th October.

Address: Packington Hill, Kegworth, Derbyshire, DE74 2DF
Telephone: (01509) 672518
Fax: (01509) 674730

If you are a member of this club please think long and hard about what sort of message expelling Margaret sends to the outside world. It took tremendous bravery to do what Margaret did, let's hope some people cheer her on and tell her how much her stance was appreciated by pet owners.

Don't forget the petition please - we're almost at 1,000 signatures!

Were you moved by Pedigree Dogs Exposed?
(the distressing documentary about the health of dogs shown on BBC1 in August?)

You may have heard that the RSPCA and Dogs Trust have since pulled out of Crufts in an attempt to encourage the Kennel Club to reform. If you would like to send a clear message to both the Kennel Club and to Government that change is urgently needed to stop future dogs from suffering then please sign this e-petition on the official 10 Downing Street site. The latest letters sent out from Defra suggest they haven't yet heard from enough of the general public to make this issue significant. Please do all you can to change their perspective!

Here's the petition wording:

Following the powerful Pedigree Dogs Exposed documentary on
BBC1 the Kennel Club still seems reluctant to grasp the nettle,
face the problems and reform itself. The program revealed it
urgently needs to bring in mandatory minimum standards on
levels of inbreeding, make health testing mandatory, prevent
unhealthy physical exaggerations being rewarded and stop the
culling of healthy non-standard pups by changing breed
standards. The KC continually complains that it lacks the
backing of legislation to bring in these urgent and much needed
reforms, so we the undersigned urge the Prime Minister please
instigate legislation to ensure pedigree dogs are saved from
unnecessary future suffering.

If you would like to add your name to this petition please go to this link:

If you'd like to know more about the issues raised by the TV programme, follow the petitioner's blog for all the latest developments
For example, did you know that the Cavalier Club are holding a Special General Meeting to expel one of their members from the health committee. Had they chosen to expel the woman who knowingly bred 20 plus litters from a dog affected by syringomyelia - the disease that was so memorably described on TV as "like a having a brain like a size 10 foot stuffed into a size 6 shoe," we'd all be very happy - but still no action has been taken against that breeder who used the affected dog at stud twice more after the documentary makers confronted her on camera! But no, astonishingly, the club instead plan to expel Margaret Carter, the brave lady who revealed on camera that this dog had been diagnosed with SM and that the owner had been advised not to breed from him. The meeting will be held at Yew Lodge Hotel, Kegworth, 12 noon Sunday 5th October.
Address: Packington Hill, Kegworth, Derbyshire, DE74 2DF
Telephone: (01509) 672518
Fax: (01509) 674730


Anonymous said…

Thanks for the articles about Carol and Margaret this month - it's nice to put faces to names.

I have never met either of them, but feel that I know them now through al the good work they have done on behalf of the Cavalier breed.

I have my fingers crossed for Margaret on Sunday.

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