AKC STUD BOOK EXPOSED, continued from page one
The American Kennel Club makes and breaks registration rules. By accepting (chasing) dogs registered with other registries (APRI or ACA for example) which make no pretense of complying with positive I.D. or checking subsequent litter validity. In fact, the AKC is skirting or actually violating requirements in its own Rules Applying to Registration” (Chapter 3) by doing so.
Essentially, those dogs garnered from other registries then go in the AKC Stud Book. It could be a shelter mutt that “looks like a purebred" that a puppy miller registered with one of their associations, thus it is eligible for AKC registration and bingo, a mongrel dog with a mutt pedigree appears in the AKC Stud Book!
Corrupted Genetics Recorded In The Stud Book!
Were you aware that several breed clubs have had problems with AKC registered dogs showing up with seriously corrupted DNA? What are the legal ramifications and cost of getting the corrupted dogs out of the studbook once they’re in there? If the breed clubs don't force AKC to remove mongrelized entries from the stud book, then what does that do to the Parent Breed Club's integrity, Code Of Ethics, and Bylaws? Is AKC (or the Parent Club) liable for fraud?
Where does Studbook corruption end? What about the innocent victims in subsequent generations? Right, because by the time the genetic corruption is discovered, proven, and a complaint filed, there may be hundreds of dogs affected, each one presenting new and previously unknown genetic anomalies or health problems. Shouldn't those dogs be removed from the registry? What about compensation to the innocent buyers who purchased them?
Is “innocent third party” fraud sufficient reason for allowing mongrel genes to remain in the AKC registry!
Is Knowingly Perpetuating Fraud A Crime"
Think about this: When we register a litter or purchase and register a dog, we pay for that service. Show and Hobby Breeders, who in fact are the backbone of the AKC structure, then pay over $30 for a certified pedigree on the dog we just paid to be registered. New twist we’re told is a “partially completed pedigree” for under $20.
What a bargain! It gets worse. Show and Hobby breeders are wrung through the financial wringer while breeds entering into the FSS (Foundation Stock Service) program get all those services at a much lower rate. Puppy millers? A fraction of the cost.
But back to the FSS (Foundation Stock Service) which, ironically, this journalist caused to be initiated by importing an Akita from England that was Japan Kennel Club registered. People and clubs seeking to have their breed recognized by AKC are told “One of the most serious concerns for any breed is the integrity of its pedigree and ownership records." For many fanciers, the ultimate goal is full AKC recognition. There are several criteria that must be met in order to achieve this plateau. Often, the biggest hurdle is creating and maintaining accurate records.
Did you know about the National Global Kennel Club? I do, Lana Tsan, was President of the China Kennel Club(Ref #2), the first dog show organization in China. Lana enlisted AKC’s help in promoting the sport and the breeding of purebred dogs and after using her, AKC betrayed her with a very rich group of Chinese competitors and subsequently launched AKC’s Global Services. 2018 update: The "National Global Kennel Club" no longer exists.
The point here is one of hypocrisy. Why would the American Kennel Club recommend protocol to a foreign registry that AKC steadfastly refuses to abide by? The answer is probably money and connections but here’s what AKC said “In order to insure the integrity of their registry, NGKC signed an exclusive contract with The American Kennel Club® (AKC) to provide registration services that include positive microchip identification of the registered dogs and DNA testing to assure the correct parentage of all NGKC registered litters and all dogs being exhibited at NGKC shows.”
Who knows what the monetary compensations were but back then, it could not possibly have been just new registration fees because even with Lana’s valiant trips to the hinterlands of China, there were very few dogs of pure enough parentage to be FSS registered. Perhaps AKC hoped to benefit from event service fees or the sale of Certified Pedigrees which we’re told boosted the AKC’s annual income by $6,250,000 in 2013 alone.
That significant income is ample reason to continue to generate Certified Pedigrees but in the case of the Chinese dogs, that was only a visionary potential. In case you haven’t bought one yet, one of my Certified Pedigrees equivocates in stating: “The Seal of The American Kennel Club affixed hereto certifies that this pedigree was compiled from official Stud Book records on (date removed).”
Selling Pedigree Papers Is Pure Profit
The regular registration certificate means nothing unless the Stud Book records are accurate. Since we know on the whole they are not, then both the registration certificate and Certified Pedigree may constitute criminal fraud. The individual amount hardly meets the definition of petty theft but the $$millions generated by registration certificates and certified pedigrees are significant. We can’t blame the AKC staff if there are mistakes that affect a breed’s gene pool. We can’t blame the breeder who thought the dog was “pure bred” but we can blame AKC for knowing selling false certificates.
But hold on, what if AKC required DNA certification on any dog producing or siring a first litter. Yes, just one litter because the genetic downstream if just one puppy from that litter falls in the wrong hands, well, the damage and betrayal of trust is incalculable. AKC knows that. We can assume the financial wizards have calculated the loss of income from requiring DNA against the certain loss of registration income from the one-litter family pet multiplied by thousands of those litter registration per year.
Then there’s also the risk of TheDogPress and other major publications exposing the faulty product. It puts the American Kennel Club between a rock and a hard place.
The push for registrations came from the top 15 years ago when the board voted to increase registration income no matter the cost. That Board’s betrayal coincided with the USDA’s (!!!) multi-million $$$ loans to the infamous Andrew Hunt for the purpose of expanding his commercial puppy operation. (ref #3 Hunte Puppy Mill History)
Some would say it is now impossible to fix the AKC Stud Book. AKC claims to be the country’s biggest and best registry yet it refuses to adopt the recommendation of the High Volume Breeders Committee submitted to the board in November, 2002. It was simple. “Setting a 5-year goal of having DNA on file for every sire and dam in the AKC registry.”
If the American Kennel Club wanted to correct mistakes of the past, there is only one choice. Quit making excuses and use the tools almost all purebred animal registries use, from alpacas to pigs to goats to Zebroids. The AKC stud book could and should be among the most authentic and reliable in the animal world.
I believe it was 2005 when Eddie Dziuk, a friendly competitor, National Beagle Club delegate and head of the Orthopedic Foundation of America wrote “With the rapid scientific advances being made in the area of DNA research and analysis, DNA will surely continue to be a hot topic of conversation, one that the delegates should be prepared to discuss further as we answer "What's Next".
Looking at the AKC Stud Book dilemma, my advice is do not look to the AKC Stud Book for answers.
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