Make it harder to obtain a Kennel Club certificate, to stop puppy farms from profiting

Make it harder to obtain a Kennel Club certificate, to stop puppy farms from profiting

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Emma Johnson started this petition to The Kennel Club

THE BACKGROUND

Long story short... We bought a pug back in February 2018 as a Kennel Club registered, fifth generation Pug. He was 10 months old and we bought him from an individual who was not the original breeder.

We did a LOT of research before buying our dog, as we are very much against puppy farms and bad breeders and didn't want to fund these people. We had some concerns. Firstly, the Kennel Club certificate said that he was a black pug, which was incorrect. It was also printed on the wrong colour paper (not the usual KC green) and lastly, it said that he was a bitch. We called the Kennel Club to question these things and they came up with a perfectly reasonable explanation for all of it.

If a dog is registered with the Kennel Club, a company that claims to put dog protection and welfare first, you assume it's a safe buy.

As the months and eventually years went on, we realised that our dog was very different to most other pugs. We love him regardless, but it made us wonder… So, we got a DNA test done, with a reputable company, Wisdom Panel. It turns out he has four different breeds in his DNA and it all started to make sense.

WHY WE ARE STARTING THIS PETITION

We called the Kennel Club to report the certificate, as we believed it was incorrect.

What did the Kennel Club do?

Nothing. They informed us that the Kennel Club works on trust only. This means that Joe Bloggs could call them with his puppy farm dogs and register them as third, fourth, even fifth generation dogs and they do absolutely no checks. The Kennel Club just takes the money and sends the breeder their certificate.

Annoyingly, it is much harder to open a dispute about a certificate than it is to register one in the first place. They wouldn't even listen too our complaint without two breed show judges coming to see our dog and writing a statement to say that he does not look like a pure pug. Such a long process to dispute a breeder, yet so easy to get a certificate in the first place.

The Kennel Club states that “we are the UK’s largest organisation dedicated to protecting and promoting the health and welfare of all dogs”, but I really struggle to see how they are protecting or promoting the health and welfare of dogs. It's all just one big money making scheme. The more dogs that register, the more money they make. It’s as simple as that.

This allows puppy farms and breeders to badly breed and mistreat dogs, register false certificates and sell them at a premium to people who put their trust in the Kennel Club registered status.

WHAT DO WE WANT?

I personally feel so let down by this so called trusted organisation. Kennel Club need to stop fuelling puppy farms and bad breeders by changing their policies and making it harder to obtain a KC registered certificate.

Whether that means that they need to see the dog in real life, they need statements from a breed show judge, a DNA test, or all of the above. By making it easy to obtain a certificate, we are fuelling a horrible industry!

Not sure whether to sign this petition? Read our story in full at http://oscarthehandsomepug.com/why-the-kennel-club-failed-us/

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