It has been televised in some other countries and it was just a matter of time till the documentary appeared on television in Australia, and the following from this address.
Notice to Members
Victorian Canine Association Inc
trading as DOGS Victoria
7 August 2009
Re: FROM THE ANKC
The BBC Documentary "Pedigree Dogs Exposed" will be shown in Australia on September 10th. Members are now asking what the ANKC is doing to prevent negative publicity such as occurred after the program was screened in the UK.
Our first action was to publish the "ANKC Vision for the Health and Welfare of Pedigree Dogs" which was sent to a wide range of people in Government, Welfare Agencies and the Media. Most Member Bodies have reproduced it in their Journals or provided links to it. It can be viewed on the ANKC Website under HEALTH & WELFARE and is the basis for our defence against the program.
Our second action was to appoint an ANKC Public Relations Officer (Dr Peter Higgins) for a 4 month contract leading up to and after the screening of the program, with the intent of reducing the impact of any fallout. He will make a series of Press Releases going to over 2,500 media outlets and has already made a number of TV & Radio appearances and has fielded a large number of media inquiries. His details and Press Releases can be found on the ANKC Website under MEDIA.
In relation to the program we are involved in two projects instigated by the ABC.
Dr Jonica Newby is making a documentary for "Catalyst". She has done extensive interviews with breeders, Sydney University, the RSPCA and others interested in Animal Welfare. We believe her focus will be on the changes to breed standards and inbreeding. I am scheduled to do an interview with her.
Immediately after the screening of the BBC Program there will be an online discussion panel and Karen Hedberg and I will be representing the ANKC.
We were asked by both Sydney University and the RSPCA to meet with them to discuss the program.
The University will be highlighting the work we are doing with them on Disease Surveillance.
We have had two meetings with the RSPCA. They have issues over inbreeding and the change in standards but now have a better understanding of what we are doing in the area of Canine Health & Welfare.
Hugh Gent OAM
Australian National Kennel Council
DOGS Victoria (03) 9788 2500 firstname.lastname@example.org .