DOG RACING REMAINS ILLEGAL IN SOUTH-AFRICA, THE SACBR CONDEMS THIS CANINE SPORT AND SUPPORTS THE NSPCA.
The outcome of the most recent Commission of Enquiry has vindicated the stance of the NSPCA – dog racing will remain illegal in South Africa. The Statement of Policy of the NSPCA in South Africa opposes animal racing: – on welfare grounds. This reasoning has now been officially upheld with regard to dog racing.
The decision was announced during a briefing in parliament by the Commission who undertook a review of the gambling industry.
The Review Commission Chairman Astrid Ludin is quoted as saying “There’s a strong lobby around dog racing, but it is a very small sector. Given the limited demand and the problems associated with it, we did not think it should be legalised.”
Countries where dog racing was popular struggled to control the retirement of animals and overbreeding.
The NSPCA has been researching dog racing since 1993, when the amateur dog racing fraternity first approached our organisation to discuss the potential of legalising this ‘sport’. Meetings were held with various representatives and there was much deliberation. Our research on dog racing intensified and the results achieved indicated that this ‘sport’ was highly problematic, prone to abuse and produced vast numbers of surplus animals. This led to our considered stance, to oppose the re-introduction and legalisation of dog racing.
The NSPCA’s main objections to the legalisation of dog racing are: -
- Law enforcement is hugely problematic
- Animal abuse is inherent in this industry
- Social concerns are apparent and relevant
The NSPCA has invested a great deal of time, effort and passion into protecting the animals involved with dog racing and has given evidence and submissions in various investigations including:-
- Howard Commission (1993/1994)
- Lotteries and Gambling Board (1995)
- DTI in response to Amatwina Proposals (2008)
- DTI Gambling Review Commission (2010)
Some 18 years later we are still researching and investigating and opposing this abusive industry.
It is noteworthy that this is an issue on which all the animal welfare and animal rights organisations stand together on. We are unaware of a single animal care organisation who supports or supported the legalisation of dog racing in our country.
Anyone who knows or hears of dog racing taking place should report this to the SAPS who enforce the relevant legislation. (The NSPCA, SACBR)
Damien von Staden, SACBR youngest new accreditted breeder.
My name is Damien von Staden, and I am 13 years old. I have always loved pets. During the 2009 December holiday my brother and I had pestered my dad for two puppies and, after wearing him down, he agreed – subject to some conditions. The first was that we should research and select a smaller breed that was good-natured, loyal, fun, and easy to groom (he bought us “The Dog Breed Bible” by D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D.). The second condition was that he wanted us to learn about the business of dog breeding (maybe he thought that we could stop nagging him about giving us more pocket money).
After many hours of reading our book and browsing the internet we eventually decided that we would purchase Boston Terriers. Soon after we arrived back home from holiday we found two SACBR registered puppies for sale. After a quick phone call to the breeder we jumped into the car and drove all the way to Fochville to meet Teresa Fitzroy (Seratoga Kennel). We became the proud owners of Lily and Bibi on the very same day!
Lily and Bibi proved to be everything and more than we had hoped for. At times they run around and play with us, only to lie down and cuddle the very next moment (you should hear them snore!). They love attention from us and make the funniest sad faces if we ignore them. We are glad that they are not nervous or aggressive around strange people, but generally just keep some distance from them. My mom and dad are really happy that they do not bark a lot because the research we did said that some Boston Terriers may do so.
A couple of months ago we realised that Lily and Bibi are old enough to start breeding. We began researching from scratch, and literally spent hours on Google and expert sites to understand the process and what we would need. My mom was wonderful; she loves babies (human and anything else) and really helped a lot where I got lost!
Pretty soon after, Bibi was pregnant. Imagine our surprise when the vet told us that there are five or six babies according to the sonar. To me it seemed impossible that our little Bibi could have so many babies! Fortunately everything went well with our first litter and we became the proud “grandparents” of six beautiful puppies.
I have recently registered my own kennel, “Tehya Kennel”, with the South African Canine Breed Registry. “Tehya” (pronounced TAY-YAH) is a Native American Indian name, and it means “Precious”…exactly what Bibi, Lily and the pups are to us! I really believe in the code of ethics, and it would make me happy to bring joy to many other families when they take one of my puppies home.
I want to thank the SACBR for the way they have helped me through the process to register my kennel and the puppies. Thank you, Philippe, for your patience with all my mom’s phone calls and questions…I know that she talks A LOT!!
Welcome and good luck Damien! ( Philippe Lesage SACBR Registrar)
Holiday Closure (Easter week) Dated: 18/04/2011
The SACBR wishes everybody a happy Easter and remember ”Dont Drink and Drive, Stay alive!” We are Closed between 23/04/2011 and 02/05/2011. For rush work please contact me on my Cell.
Philippe SACBR Registrar
SACBR NEW PRICE STRUCTURE FOR 2011 (01/02/2011)
1. Single / Dual registration R80.00 Per Dog
2. Single Open Registration R120.00 Per Dog
3. Kennel Affix / Membership Fee R200.00 (Once of payment, no annual fees required)
SACBR rattles the Kusa Smartie box. 29/01/2011
Dankie byvoorbaat vir jou uitmuntende diens wat jy lewer, dit is n plesier om by die SACBR n lid te wees, maar by KUSA is dit nog steeds n nare ondervinding, hulle is nog net so pateties.
With the high price tag on puppies and ultimately the dog’s medical and physical care over many years, it’s best to give careful consideration before you buy a dog, particularly a pedigree dog. Allegations of unethical and even fraudulent breeding practices and sub-standard dogs being issued with ‘official’ registration papers are cause for great concern. The pedigree, a once respected document, is now regarded with suspicion by some. But what is it all about?
What is a pedigree?
In essence, the word ‘pedigree’, also called ‘registration papers’ or ‘papers’ for short, refers to a document that states the lineage of your dog. Your dog’s family tree or blood line is recorded on his pedigree. This is by no means a guarantee of good quality. It simply means that the dog’s records are on file and his dam and sire, going back three to five generations depending on the registry, are traceable.
In an ideal world, the dog’s pedigree is a tool to provide information on the animal’s health, temperament, genetic background and the risk of certain genetics diseases, because in theory you can trace his ancestors and their diseases. Reputable dog breeders use the dog’s linage to carefully select the right mating partner for a dam, to ensure that only healthy puppies are bred.
In practice, sadly, unscrupulous breeders could care less, and simply use the pedigree as a selling tool, or to increase the price they charge for puppies.
South Africa has a number of registries for dogs (see box). However, the major cause for concern is registries who register puppies but do not uphold sound breeding principles, or expect their breeders to uphold these principles. “These organisations appear to register dogs and puppies without any checks being carried out,” states Christine Kuch of the NSPCA. “There is no prescribed criteria relating to either welfare or breed standards.”
Even ‘puppy mill’ puppies can be ‘registered’ through some of these questionable registries.
Who can register a pup?
To register purebred puppies, breeders must first register their kennel name with a reputable breed registry. Depending on the organisation, they may be asked to sign a code of ethics or recognised basic practices to which they must adhere. In most cases infringements are dealt with harshly and breeders can be expelled. One major pitfall of the system is that most registries rely on the honesty of breeders when filling in paperwork for registrations.
Micro-chips and DNA tests
Certain dog breeds may be predisposed to specific genetic conditions. Some registries include results of specific tests on their registration papers. Some breeders feel this isn’t enough. “I believe that very soon we will have to look to micro-chipping and DNA testing as a means to provide concrete evidence of a dog’s bloodline and pedigree,” says Port Elizabeth based Dobermann breeder Donne Lucas, “as well as proof that the dog entered at a show is the one being exhibited.”
Like Donne, other breeders believe that tests for breed specific genetic problems should be done before any dog is put into a breeding scheme. Greg Eva, CEO of the Kennel Union of Southern Africa (KUSA), says that as of 1 September 2010, micro-chipping will be mandatory for KUSA-registered dogs, and the registry strongly encourages the use of DNA tests.
Helen Lachenicht of Pretoria knows how devastating it can be to find out that a dog you love has a serious genetic disorder. “It was a blow to us to find out that our registered champion was deaf in one ear,” says Helen. “And then to be told later that our other dogs have PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy). It’s dreadful to think that in about two years, we will have four blind dogs. DNA testing should become mandatory to prevent affected lines being used in breeding programmes. All buyers should insist on seeing official test results before buying a puppy or adult dog from a breeder. Original paper work is the only proof buyers should accept.”
Breed registries in South Africa
Breed-specific registries. A number of breeds, for instance German Shepherd Dogs, Boerboels and Boxers, among others, have registries that are specific to the breed, administered by breed societies. Many of these registries are affiliated to KUSA in some way. There are too many to mention here by name, but a simple Google search will put you in touch with your breed’s society. Some breed registries require a physical assessment of the pup before it can be registered, and may issue a limited registration. For instance, a pup may be registered as a purebred example of the breed, but not allowed to breed as it isn’t considered of high enough standard to qualify as breeding stock.
Your rights as a buyer
What can you do to make sure that the puppy you plan to buy is everything the breeder claims it to be?
* Find out where the puppies are registered. Call up the organisation and ask if the breeder is accredited and how many litters he or she is registering each year. Also ask about breed specific health checks that must be completed on the parents. Find out what the recognised standards of the breed are. Ask about any affiliate programmes they are registered with and which international kennel clubs and organisations recognise them.
* Ask the breeder for references of previously sold puppies and follow up. A breeder should have no trouble providing you with traceable references. Call up the dog owner and ask to see the dog in question.
* Ask to see the mother. In most cases the father won’t be on the same property but if he is, you should be able to see him.
* Ask the breeder about health checks that must be conducted on the parents. Ask to see original documentation. Of course, this all depends on you having done your research about which genetic conditions are prevalent in your chosen breed.
* First inoculations and de-worming are routine with ethical breeders. If the puppy hasn’t been to the vet, find out why.
* If the breeder asks you to sign a contact, read everything before you sign. In most cases it isn’t anything sinister and protects your rights and well as the breeder’s. No-prodigy clauses indicated that you can’t breed with the dog or register any offspring. Reputable breeders will include a ‘return’ clause in the contract, meaning you can return the pup to the breeder if it is later shown to have a genetic condition – or, on a less sinister note, simply needs re-homing.
Text: Gina Hartoog and Ansie Vicente (Animal Talk Magazine 2010)
Prestigious SACBR Breeder award winner for 2010 (Dated 02/12/2010)
Congratulation Annelize Wasserman (Gremlins Kennels) – 082 881 0668 – Rant & Dal.
Your hard work and dedication paid of, Promoting the Yorkshire Terrier breed is an art never less to say your good service and Custommer care. We are proud to have you as one of our top SACBR accredited breeders. Well done! and well deserved.
Philippe Lesage SACBR Registrar.
The SACBR outwits the Giant bulldozer in its own field; we guarantee better services with a personal touch. Cheaper Fees and a guaranteed 100% correct ancestry record keeping with a state of the art database.
Animal Talk Magazine comments that the SACBR is an alternative Registry to reckon with; Chamber of commerce nominates us as one of the fastest Growing Close Corporation in its field. Breeders and owners of purebred dogs in South Africa, jumping Ship to the SACBR Elite Studbook, One wonders why?
Blessed are we that walk in the path of righteousness,
for God blesses those that give with no measure,
and the floodgates of heaven are open.
09/09/2010 SACBR Registrar CEO
Micro Chip Implantations
Please take note that it is not mandatory to have Puppies micro chipped before the age of six month at the South African Canine Breed Registry.
To Whom It May Concern,
I would like to place on record the excellent service we have had from one of your accredited breeders. Her name is Cathy Terblanche. She kept up to date with us from the time we paid the deposit for our puppy. She sent us updates and photos of the puppy every week so we were well informed! On fetching the puppy, she gave us a file with the papers, a bit on Boston Terriers, the breed standard and the puppy’s own album with photos since birth to the age of 8 weeks. I would just like to say what a brilliant breeder and will definitely recommend her and SACBR and I would also buy another puppy from her anytime. Thank u.
Claire Murray. 07/06/2010
Well done Cathy,You make us proud! SACBR Registrar