AKC STUD BOOK EXPOSED: PART 2 continued from page one
Accepting dogs from other registries which do not require positive I.D. such as DNA, AKC violates its own requirements, potentially polluting the AKC Stud Book.
~ Rules Applying to Registration” (Chapter 3)
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”a puppy miller registered with one of those associations, thus it may be 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!
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 who bought an AKC registered purebred only to find they have an expensive mutt? By the time genetic corruption is discovered and a complaint filed, there may be hundreds of dogs affected. Each dog may present 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 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. (this was Feb 2015)
It gets worse. Show and Hobby breeders are wrung through the financial wringer while breeds entering into the FSS (Foundation Stock Service) program get registration services at a much lower rate. Many are puppy millers stock. Surely AKC knows that?
As an aside, The FSS (Foundation Stock Service) was created when ironically, this journalist imported a Japan Kennel Club registered Akita from England.
Groups 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.
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. In 2014 Lana enlisted AKC’s help in promoting the sport and the breeding of purebred dogs. After using her and the pedigrees she held, AKC betrayed her with a very rich group of Chinese competitors and subsequently launched AKC’s Global Services.
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 or incentives were but its unlikely to have been only 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. Editor's note: by 2018 the "National Global Kennel Club" had folded.
Selling Paper 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 in most states. The individual amount hardly meets the definition of petty theft but the $$millions generated by registration certificates and certified pedigrees is 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 knowingly selling false certificates. Think about this...
Why doesn't AKC require DNA certification on any dog whelping or siring its first litter?
We can assume the financial wizards have calculated the loss of income from requiring DNA from the one-litter family pet multiplied by thousands of those litter registrations per year. I flunked math but it seems that especially those one-time (?) sires and dams should be DNA recorded... So what if it dissuaded someone from breeding a haphazard litter "for the kids"?
AKC claims to be the country’s biggest and best registry yet it refuses to adopt the recommendation of its own High Volume Breeders Committee that was submitted to the board 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 most 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, 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.”
There are multiple questions about the AKC Stud Book. My advice is do not look to the AKC for answers.
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