To be fair, I have a certain amount of symapthy for Ms Costello.Is is unfortunate that she was the one who was "ambushed" at the Malvern show. However there is so much discussion surrounding the rights and wrongs of people's actions we must keep focused on the message that the programme delivered.
1. There is no requirement for a breeder to follow any MVD or SM protocol.
2. The health status of a dog has no bearing on the eligibility or suitability of a dog for the showring.
3. Breeders are not convinced of the value of MRI scanning as a tool for selection of breeding stock.
Villifying Margaret Carter and Carole Fowler is extremely distasteful. Instead they are owed a debt of gratitude for their sterling work in highlighting a very serious issue.
It's worrying that instead of working to find a way to deal effectively with SM in the cavalier breed there now seems to be a taste for vengeance with certain elements trying to discredit the established experts who have staked their careers on trying to help breeders to understand and control SM.
Perhaps MRI scanning isn't the complete answer but does that mean it should be dismissed?
I also feel we'll be hearing the same arguments about EBVs and why breeders choose not to use that resource either when it becomes available.