Breed clubs are the stewards of a breed. They establish standards, set guidelines and ideologies for breeders. Their influence can be seen in the appearance, temperament and health of the breed.
In view of my last blog entry about the animal rights movement, I think it is reasonable to wonder… how much influence A.R. advocates might have on our breed. We already know they are a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Dr. Carmen Battagilia suggests in his article, A Gathering Storm, breeder’s tools, such as mandatory DNA tests and genetic screening are like a double edged sword. The device that enables breeders to identify and weed out detrimental genes (for the betterment of the breed) may also be the machine that contributes to a breed’s destruction.
More food for thought….articles of interest from the National Animal Interest Alliance: