Revoke Discriminatory Ruling Against Blind Dogs

  • by: Joanne Holmes
  • recipient: The Kennel Club Activities Committee

We are petitioning agains the new ruling that blind dogs can no longer compete in Kennel Club activities due to welfare issues.

As any moderately knowledgeable dog owner knows each and every dog is different. There are many dogs that find any of the activity competitions held by Kennel Club registered activity clubs stressful. There are often dogs, that we have witnessed ourselves, that find some of the aspects of the competition environment stressful. We have witnessed blind dogs at complete ease in the noisy and busy competition environment.

If you were to ban all the groups of dogs that "could" find the competitions and the competition environment stressful then all dogs would be banned for welfare reasons.

We feel that the rule is discriminatory and stops blind dogs from enjoying the stimulating activities that sighted dogs enjoy.

We, the signed, therefore request that:

1) the rule banning blind dogs from competing at Kennel Club registered competitions be revoked

Or...

2) the entire Activities part of the Kennel Club is dissolved as any particular breed, age, gender, size, disability and background of a dog "could" result in a dog finding the competition environment stressful and therefore "could" be detrimental to any/all dogs welfare.

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