The pen name is "Trumpeter" and I have to say there's a lot of noxious gas is emitted by this windbag. This week he/she is claiming Crufts went really well and the only negative press wasn't because the KC were failing to look after the health of pedigree dogs properly - it was "vested interests" and people publicity seeking. Although not named I felt compelled to bite back and posted this on DW comments section.
(Yes Kieran was up very early again - 5am this time, school holidays are such fun - Natural History Museum today!)
"Of course some people have vested interests and don’t deserve to have the publicity they so crave – so I’ll not bother to name them – and they continued their attacks."
Guess Trumpeter might mean me? Although these days there are quite a large pack of people on this side of the fence trying to encourage the KC to start getting better, start governing – doing the leading not the spinning.
I can understand why Trumpeter doesn't want to mention our media exchange in more detail - would probably like to burn the tapes as the KC did not represent themselves at all well.
It really was a case of their true colours coming out.
If you'd like to see a transcript of the exchange between myself and Caroline Kisko on Sky News do read my blog.
Caroline’s classic line, “We shouldn’t be humanizing this. What we are talking about here are dogs, and dogs have a very different genetic structure to us, ” may come back to haunt her.
As will, “And just bleating on about inbreeding and so on constantly is just boring in the end.”
But that big foot-in-mouth moment…
“I think that turning around and simply saying we should have done it 14 years ago is pretty unfair. We actually started this whole episode a very long time ago. We carried on doing it and started doing lots of good things now – let’s just have a little pat on the back and a bit of support for breeders instead of this constant whinging and whining about what we haven’t done soon enough – no, we can’t do everything that the Swedish Kennel Club are doing and actually you’ll find that breeders in Sweden are not terribly happy with the way that their Kennel Club have gone about things either. They’ve lost people, they will continue to do so. We want to keep people with us, so we have to do it steadily.”
The Swedish KC disagrees and can't understand why on earth Caroline should say such a thing...
Yes I can quite understand Trumpeter why you might want to draw a veil over that interview and the subsequent one of BBC Radio Wales.
Vested interests? Like wanting there to be pedigree dogs in the future?
Just half as good as the Swedish KC would be a start.... as I said.
Trumpeter, if you only want Crufts to talk to the show people then carry on the way you are going and you'll remain totally toxic. But I think you'll find that the show world want you to move forward, to become less embarrassing and more reflective of the good people.
Lead don’t spin.
On the to do list:
Searchable COI information over the net, breed COI targets, action on the overuse of popular sires, mandatory health tests, pragmatic action on extremes not just paper shuffling and word changes... all the stuff that Sweden already has in hand - and has had for a very, very long time!
Or wait for DNA tests for every condition and continue inbreeding with the blindfolds on and just watch the nasty recessive conditions pop up and the life expectancies drop. Oh hold on, that's been what you were doing before bothersome Pedigree Dogs Exposed came along and gave you that wake up call.
Just get on with it.
Talk about "inbreeding" being boring. The KC still not getting its act into gear is incredibly tedious.
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