(well, the one I think they should be making, anyways...)
WE ARE BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE -
AND WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT
"Three and a half years ago, our world was shaken by the BBC documentary Pedigree Dogs Exposed and the fall-out that followed. Many of us felt the film was unfair, and it certainly didn't highlight the many excellent, health-focused breeders whose dogs we are proud to register. But there was enough truth in it to ensure that it could not be ignored - especially when the veterinary profession, scientists and animal welfare charities backed the film's message and also demanded that the Kennel Club and dog breeders act to resolve problems.
"The fact is that we had taken our eye off the ball. Inbreeding and selection for the show-ring has caused damage in some breeds. We have not taken enough genetic care of the old breeds we treasure or the new breeds coming on to the register. And the breed clubs are, sometimes, a law unto themselves to the detriment of the dogs. And although this is by no means the whole story, these issues are serious enough to warrant action.
"For several years, and particularly in the last three, the Kennel Club has worked hard to try to address problems while endeavouring to keep breeders on board. We haven't always got it right. But we believe there is no point in wishing for a return where we conducted our hobby away from the glare of public scrutiny; or in believing that the critics will go away if we don't do everything we can to ensure we are producing - and rewarding - happy, healthy dogs.
"After a tumultous Crufts that we know was difficult for some of you, the Kennel Club is at a crossroads. One path leads to a world where our hobby is increasingly conducted behind closed doors, where we try to hide from scrutiny. It is, we believe, the path to oblivion. The other path affords a real opportunity for us and UK dog breeders to lead the world as we did when the Kennel Club - the first of them all - was founded in 1873.
"We believe the expertise, talent and commitment to dogs that define many Kennel Club breeders gives us the potential to do something special for dogs - to reconsider some breeds (and re-write their breed standards) where necessary; to open the door to judicious outcrossing where it is needed (and not just in those breeds that are already on their genetic knees); to be transparent on health issues and welcome outside input; to acknowledge that dog shows do need to find a way to reward good health as much as good looks; to give breeders and the public more tools to help them make better choices; to embrace science and history, and to not be too proud to learn from other Kennel Clubs where they are doing it better.
"To do this, we need your support. Please pledge that support - and tell us what you think and what you'd like to see - by emailing Kennel Club Chairman Steve Dean on firstname.lastname@example.org