Great post Sins.
The Kennel Club is being very economical with the truth indeed when they argue that members of their Accredited Breeders Scheme should be exempt from the need of licensing, because they have already been inspected.
It appears the KC will take any opportunity to try and 'talk up' the Accredited Breeder Scheme, even if it is at the expense of other very worthy dog welfare initiatives.
I know breeders that have been in the scheme for years and they have never been inspected, simply because, even now, the KC has not got sufficient man power to do this.
The KC also argues that the ABS members should be exempt because they have agreed to health testing, but these again are only hollow words. Very few are actually required to test.
Approximately 60 of the 210 registered breeds have required tests, and then breeders do not have to remove dogs that fail from their breeding programme.
The other 150 breeds have no tests required, so how can it be claimed that puppies bred by ABS members are any healthier than those outside the scheme?
Pugs, with their eye, spine and breathing problems have no required health tests
There is a Accredited Breeder of Pugs who advertises that her dogs are her pets & then registers 17 litters in a year. That is one big family of pets!
I joined the Accredited Breeders Scheme a couple of months ago, to see how it really worked. Needless to say I have not been inspected yet.
Some of the paper work is good, but there are gaping holes in the scheme and it is still a puppy farmer's charter.
Cavaliers......Tommy Tuppence 2000-2012 and a half share of Faith.
Japanese Chins.... Dandy, Benny, Bridgette and Hana.