|10-23-2013 06:29 PM|
I support your position 100%. And agree that the good will be good regardless and so will the not so good. The AKC can only do so much, but the ASPCA can remove dogs if they are being abused by multiple litters like an assembly line. One complaint to an animal rights group and the bad press wil generally clean them up or move them out. I for one am 100% in favor of requiring a license to breed and sell animals to the general public what ever the breed or Genus of the species.... But Canis Familiaris is the one I care about the most.....
|10-23-2013 06:07 PM|
|Liesje||The certificate and reward are good owners coming to you or coming back to you for dogs and taking those dogs on to train and exhibit your breeding program, demonstrating healthy and successful dogs.|
|10-23-2013 05:45 PM|
Any volunteer join organization is pretty much useless IMO. What benefit do the breeders get by getting certified? What exactly is the guarantee the organization is going to give to the consumer? Why would an organization want to stick their neck out on the line with something like breeding practices?
Another thing is...what happens if this organization find you unfit? Do you get reported to the proper authorities as not being responsible or not treating animals in the way this organization sees fit? Why in the world would a breeder want to open themselves up to that kind of liability?
On top of all that...like Chris said...how are we exactly going to agree on what breeders need to do to be certified?
|10-23-2013 04:55 PM|
It might help the customer sort out good breeders from bad when researching, but I doubt it would change breeding practices. Good breeders are good breeders because it's important to them and they already have ethics without any organization telling them that they have to. And bad breeders are bad breeders by choice as well and they aren't suddenly going to develop ethics because some organization says that they should.
The bigger problem with such an organization is deciding what is good and what is bad and setting those parameters. Even things like health testing aren't as cut and dried as a lot of people think. We can't even agree on this board what constitutes a good vs bad breeder. I don't think it possible for any one ruling organization to be able to put together list of requirements that everyone, or even a majority, will agree on. Now add in that each breed is different and thus responsible breeding of each needs to be approached from slightly different angles, and there is just no possible way for something like this to work.
Now what *should* be possible is to get the individual breed clubs within AKC, rather than an all breed registry itself, involved in setting breeding standards for their breed and policing those breeding it.
|10-23-2013 04:07 PM|
AKC exists to provide that service in some respects. They don't, but that's what their whole goal is.
Ultimately, the best system of checks and balances comes from the consumer. Word of mouth and performance in breed-related sports 'earn' you a popular 'certification', and your reward is successful placement and demand for your lines.
|10-23-2013 04:03 PM|
We need to encourage good breeding and not discourage bad breeding
What if an organization took it upon themselves to create a certification program that encourages good breeding practices and if your kennel is certified, you get some type of reward? Would that encourage people to breed with better ethics?
This is a thread of curiosity. This would probably never happen.