GCCF Strategic & Business Plan 2019
Please click on this link to view the plan.
Blue Persian Cat Society AGM
The AGM will take place at 8.00 pm on Thursday 28th March as a telephone conference call. Agenda papers and details of how to join in the call will be emailed to members this week. Any member who has not received the paperwork can do so by emailing the Acting Hon Secretary on email@example.com
Acting Hon Secretary
Siamese Cat Society of Scotland
We are in the process of updating our membership list and if you think you are a member but have not heard from us for a while please contact our Membership Secretary Mrs Linda Watson using the details below
44 Leven Road,
Fife, KY8 5HZ
Tel: 01333 278442
Mobile: 07582 030370
SUPREME SHOW 2019
The date of this year's Supreme Show is Saturday 26th October. The venue will be the NEC, Birmingham. Following yesterday's Board Meeting, Mrs Lynda Ashmore has been appointed Supreme Show Manager. Further updates will be posted as preparations progress.
GCCF Breeder Scheme - a consultation
A meeting will be held on Tuesday 12 March in London to discuss the GCCF Breeder Scheme. It’s time to consider revision and enhancements and the Board has received some ideas over the past year. Anyone who wants to is invited to contribute.
Are you a breeder? What more can the Breeder Scheme do for you?
Did you buy from a Breeder Scheme member? Were you satisfied or did you complain? If you had a complaint were you satisfied with the outcome?
Do you think the Scheme should be more rigorous in its checking procedures? Should breeders be asked more about their cattery and/or be willing to accept inspection?
Would you like a chance to learn or prove what you know about breeding before becoming a member?
How can GCCF get a better message out to kitten buyers to help them choose a responsible breeder? What website improvements would you like?
These are just some starters to get you thinking. You can answer some or all of the questions, or just throw in some ideas of your own. Please send to info@gccfcats .org and put Breeder Scheme as the subject to make sure it gets passed on.
Interim Cat of the Year Results
Download the interim results here
Office Manager email
Please note that there is a new e-mail address for the Office Manager. Any e-mails which would have previously been sent to Heather should now be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Burmese Cat Club
The Burmese Cat Club AGM will be held on Saturday the 11th May at the Bermondsey Village Hall, Kirby Grove, London SE1 3TD. Nominations for Committee and GCCF delegates should be made on the form below to be received by the club secretary by 31st January 2019.
30th December 2018
Turkish Van Cat Club
The Turkish Van Cat Club extends a very warm welcome to Lord Lloyd Webber, who has very kindly agreed to accept the honorary role of President. Lord Lloyd Webber is better known to most of you as Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer of West End musicals such as The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock and of course Cats, which is about to be made into a movie. Lord Lloyd Webber is himself an owner of Turkish Van cats, and his love of the breed is demonstrated by this association with the Club.
TVCC Hon. Sec
The Red Point & Tortie Point Siamese Cat Club
The Officers and Committee of the RP&TPSCC would like to wish all members, friends, supporters and their families, a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and successful 2019.
Club subscriptions are due on the 1st January 2019, and should be sent to our Treasurer, Mrs Sue Chandler, at:
11 Sutton Lodge
or handed to our Chair, Jackie Reed, or myself, at a show. If you would prefer to pay by Standing Order to save having to remember each year, please contact Sue for details of our bank account. Subscriptions are £5 Single or £7 Joint.
Our next show is on Saturday 2nd March 2019, still at the Wendover Memorial Hall. Schedules are now available online, and have been sent to members who show regularly, as well as to last year’s exhibitors, but please see the corrections relating to the Household Pet Colour classes. The paper schedules will also be available on the usual show trade stands from the Maidstone & Medway show, until the closing date of 11th February.
GCCF are processing our entries again this year and it will be possible to make an online entry from your individual GCCF Online Services Account – just click on the name of the cat you wish to enter and a show link should appear, in the same way as it did for online Supreme entries. Please contact me if you encounter any problems. Paper entries are also perfectly acceptable and should be sent to me as usual.
Secretary & Show Manager, RP&TPSCC
Notice to Exhibitors
Exhibitors Please Note:
You are advised that early removal without the consent of the Show Manager may lead to disqualification and a Fixed Penalty.
Just because Best in Show has been completed does NOT mean the show has closed.
The show does Not close until announced by the Show Manager
I regret to inform you that Heather Macintyre, our current Office Manager, will be leaving the organisation at the end of the month. Due to the Christmas Closure of the Office, her last working day will be Friday 21st December.
Heather will be taking up a new life in Switzerland and on behalf of the Board we wish her every success in her new start in Europe.
Obviously, there will be some disruption whilst a new candidate is recruited; if there is anyone who would like to offer skills or experience to assist in a voluntary capacity during the gap period please let me know what you can do to see if it would be of help to the remaining team. All offers of help will be much appreciated of course
There will undoubtedly be gaps in service.
e.g. phone handling will have to revert back to callbacks, so please bear with us whilst we try to resolve the situation.
At this juncture, we are still attempting to find the most suitable method to resolve the current shortfalls in office cover.
John H Hansson
Northern Siamese trophies
The members of NS&OCS voted to discontinue the presentation of trophies and return them to the donors if possible or dispose of them in a suitable fashion.
Some have been returned, but many are still unclaimed. If you think you may have donated a trophy to NSCS please contact EvaBirds on 0114 287 9987 or
by email to email@example.com Any unclaimed by 31st January 2019 will be disposed of by the Society.
Unique cat art exhibition is coming to Frome
From 24th November, a unique art exhibition will open its doors in Frome, Somerset. The Complete Cat art exhibition will bring together 24 top artists from the Society of Feline Artists (SOFA) and will feature over 120 artworks including paintings, drawings and 3-dimensional pieces. All artworks are for sale and 30% of the proceeds will be donated to feline charity International Cat Care.
The free exhibition is running from Saturday 24th November to Saturday 8th December (excluding Mondays), and is being held at Rook Lane Gallery in Frome. There will also be a launch party on Friday 23rd November and a drawing workshop focusing on cats’ eyes on Saturday 24th November.
International Cat Care and the Society of Feline Artists, who are jointly running the exhibition, are looking to create something truly unique which celebrates all aspects of the feline form. What makes this a must-see exhibition is the exceptional quality and diversity of the art to be displayed. With a whole range of artistic styles and media, the art on offer will leave all preconceptions of the traditional cat exhibition far behind, instead offering a unique, quirky and memorable art experience.
SOFA has a well-established history of successful art exhibitions. Founded in 1994, with the specific aim to promote the work of the best cat artists, the society has held an annual exhibition of cat paintings in London for many years, featuring over 100 artists, some of whom exhibit internationally and show more than 300 paintings in a range of media, making it the largest exhibition of cat art in the country.
International Cat Care, which has partnered with SOFA to organise the exhibition, is one of the world's most respected feline charities and works for owned and unowned cats globally. It is also the charity's 60th anniversary and the SOFA artists have generously committed 25% of the takings to the charity.
The exhibition is taking place at Rook Lane Gallery, a beautiful art space within a restored 18th century chapel, in the heart of Frome. The Somerset town is a charming and vibrant place to visit, packed with historic buildings, beautiful independent shops and creative people. It is the perfect destination for the discerning art enthusiast looking for something just a little bit different, and with a host of Christmas events and markets also taking place in Frome at this time of year, it makes it the ideal place to visit. At just over two hours from London and 14 miles from Bath, it is also extremely well-placed and easily accessible.
Full details of the exhibition, including the online catalogue, can be found at: https://icatcare.org/the-complete-cat
Please note the details of the Burmese BAC Secretary. Miss Margaret Lynch. email: firstname.lastname@example.org. My address is: 44 Talbot Road, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6TB.
WATCHDOG – Rogue Traders
In response to the item on the Watchdog programme aired on Wednesday 7th November, Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) can confirm that the person featured in the programme is on our records as owning registered cats. They are all non-Active (registered as pets only, not suitable for breeding) and some were (allegedly) neutered at the time of registration. So it would appear that she may be breeding with non-Active cats which is contrary to our rules and therefore no progeny could ever be registered.
The GCCF recommends that all cats, both pedigree and non-pedigree, should be neutered unless they are registered on the active register and used in an approved breeding programme with appropriate health guards in place and the intention of preserving or improving a recognised breed.
The GCCF is extremely concerned about the deliberate breeding of unregistered kittens from pedigree parents or breed crosses by unregulated breeders who are usually unwilling to obtain cats suitable for breeding and carry out the required health checks and/or DNA tests. Breeders that follow our rules have kittens and keep them in a family group with their mother. Most who seek financial gain at the expense of good breeding practices prefer to cut corners and ignore welfare.
The GCCF Breeder Scheme allows dedicated, caring and responsible breeders who aim for the highest standards and best practice in feline welfare to sign up to an enhanced Code of Ethics. Kittens should not leave the breeder until one week after a full course of vaccinations is completed. This ensures they are beyond the very vulnerable kitten stage, will have received vaccination protection and been assessed by a vet on at least two occasions.
Further information about pedigree cat breeds, and their correct breeding and registration policies, including advice on purchasing and insuring a pedigree kitten can be found on the GCCF website www.gccfcats.org
I just want to let you know that I am withdrawing from the Oriental and Siamese list effective immediately.
BAC Review Group Update - Council meeting October 2018
At the October Council meeting, Kate Kaye gave an update report on the work of the BAC Review Group. Please click HERE to download or read Kate's report.
Email scam being sent to Club Treasurers
An email scam is being sent to GCCF club Treasurers, and usually reads:
Are you available? Would you be able to make a transfer to a Merchant on behalf of the board and get refunded by our treasurer? Get back to me if you can thanks.
The Treasurer details are probably taken from club websites, and purport to come from an Officer or another committee member. Please always check before making any transfers, and advise to ActionFraud
House Move - Mr K Scruton
I have now moved to Gloucestershire and my contact details at the moment while we wait for BT to connect a landline are:
For security reasons relating to the family my address will only be provided if requested by text or email. Show managers of shows at which I have agreed to judge will be notified of my full details separately.
Mr K Scruton
RESIGNATION FROM INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE
I have resigned with immediate effect from the GCCF Investigations Committee and will no longer be involved with IC discussions or meetings.
John S Harrison
NOTICE TO EXHIBITORS REGARDING VACCINATION CERTIFICATES
If you fail to produce a current vaccination certificate when vetting in to a show, please note that you must do either of the following:
1. Send the original vaccination certificate to the GCCF office within 7 days of the date of the show
2. Send a scanned copy of the vaccination certificate by email to the GCCF office within 7 days of the date of the show. Email to email@example.com
N.B. The scanned copy must show ALL of the following features:
· The correct registered name of the cat
· The owner’s name and full address
· The date of vaccination, type of vaccine given and Vet’s signature
· The Veterinary Practice stamp or printed details (these may be on the back page)
Please note that spot checks will be made to verify the details on a scanned copy vaccination certificate.
Supreme Show - MEET THE BREEDS
Please note that information and booking forms have been emailed to the Chair and Secretary of all breed clubs.
White Persian CC - NOTICE OF AGM
27th September at 8.00pm
This meeting will take place via Confra Phone. Fully paid up members please note - to join the meeting please send your e mailL to Alaskan7156@gmail.com
to obtain the AGM paperwork, and details of the Confraphone dial.
The Government announced yesterday that they plan to introduce legislation (called 'Lucy's Law') to ban the sale of puppies and kittens through a third party agent, this means pet shops or pet dealers. The detail of this legislation has not yet been published but once introduced it should have no impact on breeders who register with GCCF as they sell the kittens they breed directly to a new owner, and not to a pet shop or animal dealer.
Reports on the new legislation have also mentioned the fact that licensed dog breeders may or will be asked to quote their license number in adverts placed on-line or elsewhere. This does not apply to most cat breeders as they remain defined as hobby breeders if not operating a commercial cat breeding business and so do not require a licence from the 1st October 2018, when new animal licensing legislation comes into effect.
Media reports on ‘Lucy’s Law’ have stated that the intention is to ban puppy and kitten farming which is correct, but it should not be forgotten that dog and cat breeding are covered by different rules (schedules) within the new legislation. Once there is further information on the detail of exactly how the new proposal will regulate advertising an update will be given.
Steve Crow - Director
Animal Welfare legislation 2018 - Defra guidelines for local authority inspectors
What is in and out of the scope: Selling animals as pets
2. Schedule1of theAnimalWelfare(LicensingofActivitiesInvolvingAnimals)(England) Regulations 2018 (“the regulations”) defines the licensable activities for each sector. In all cases except dog breeding, the licensable activity is restricted to businesses or those operating on a commercial basis.
- The regulations specify two example business tests to be considered when determining whether an activity is considered commercial, and thus within scope. They are not the exclusive factors to be considered but are examples and other factors, such as those listed in the nine badges of trade set out by HMRC, are also relevant. The regulations include the following on this issue:
- The circumstances which a local authority must take into account in determining whether an activity is being carried on in the course of a business for the purposes of this Schedule include, for example, whether the operator—
(a) makes any sale by, or otherwise carries on, the activity with a view to making a profit, or
(b) earns any commission or fee from the activity.
- This guidance is intended to assist inspectors in determining whether or not an activity may be subject to the regulations noting that ultimately there will be an element of judgement required.
- Set out below are examples of the type of activity that should or should not be considered within the scope of the regulations and the indicators that should be considered when deciding whether a licence is required.
- Local authority inspectors should take account of all elements of the advice below and weigh them against each other before reaching a decision as to whether an activity falls within scope of the regulations.
Selling animals as pets: Text of the definition in Schedule 1 of the regulations
“2. Selling animals as pets (or with a view to their being later resold as pets) in the course of a business including keeping animals in the course of a business with a view to their being so sold or resold.
In scope criteria
Activities that fulfil one or more of the following criteria are subject to licensing:
Guideline indicators of running a business of selling animals as pets
The following may assist consideration of the criteria listed above:
· Advertising through a variety of sites, forums or media could indicate a commercial activity.
Out of scope criteria
Activities that fulfil one or more of the following criteria are not subject to licensing:
Guideline indicators of “out of scope” activities
The following may assist consideration of the criteria listed above:
RAGDOLL RENAL APLASIA/UTERINE HORN ISSUES - RESEARCH
An important message for breeders and pet owners - please download here.
Order your 2019 calendar - all proceeds to research
CAT OF THE YEAR Results 2018
COTY is now officially closed, a list of the section winners is below. This has resulted in some corrections. Please let me know by the end of the month, your exhibit’s full title & correct spelling. If you don’t the awards will be given with the title obtained to the best of my knowledge up to the 31st May, you will no longer be able to change this. If you let me know I will respond, if you don’t hear, you may assume I have not received the information. You should only contact me if you are the owner of one of the exhibits.
Please advise if you wish to attend the Dinner to receive your award in person, the cost of the Dinner will be £30.00 per head. Details of the venue & menu will be sent upon request.
Best Persian Adult & Section Winner (33)
UK OLYS IMP GR CH RIASCATZ DANDY LION.
Best Persian Kitten (9)
Best Persian Neuter(18)
IMP GR CH & SUPREME UK OLYG IMP GR PR CULLYKHAN VIVALDI
Best SLH Adult (12)
IMP GR CH MUSRAFY MIKOYAN
Best SLH Kitten (5)
LACHMERE GYMMY OFNAMRIB
Best SLH Neuter & Section Winner (14)
UK OLYG IMP GR PR KASSARO CISCO KID
Best British Adult (7)
REVODNA RIO GRANDE
Best British Kitten (4)
MEWSOS DUSTY SPRINGFIELD
Best British Neuter & Section Winner (19)
OLYS IMP GR PR XZIBIT HIGH VOLTAGE
Best Foreign Adult & Section Winner(12)
IMP GR CH LINCOZO JAVIER FERNANDEZ
Best Foreign Kitten Joint (5)
CH DUSHENKA VIOLA HEARTEASE
Best Foreign Neuter (10)
IMP GR PR TYPHAST KIMI OF ZIGGIAN
Best Burmese Adult (10)
IMP GR CH AUREUS FIRECRACKER
Best Burmese Kitten (7)
Best Burmese Neuter & Section Winner (12)
IMP GR PR KAKORAM KINTARRO
Best Oriental Adult (15) Combined Total (29)
SUP CH ATHELSTAN SAUVAGE.
Best Oriental Kitten
SUP CH ATHELSTAN SAUVAGE (14)
Best Oriental Neuter & Section Leader
IMP GR PR PIPPASTRO I HAVE CINNED (33 )
Best Siamese Adult & Section Winner (19)
IMP GR CH PASHTAN VAVAVOOM
Best Siamese Kitten (6)
Best Siamese Neuter (16)
IMP GR PR WHALLEYBUSH STARGAYSER
Best Household Pet & Section Winner (21)
Best Pedigree Pet (17)
Best Overall Adult Winner 2017-18
UK OLYS IMP GR CH RIASCATZ DANDY LION
Best Overall Kitten Winner 2017-18
Best Overall Neuter Winner . 2017-18
IMP GR PR PIPPASTRO I HAVE CINNED.
COTY EXHIBIT (Joint) 2018. (both on 33 points)
UK OLYS IMP GR CH RIASCATZ DANDY LION.
IMP GR PR PIPPASTRO I HAVE CINNED.
If you have query, you should contact me directly by e-mail, my address is; firstname.lastname@example.org,
You have until the end of August to confirm your exhibit’s status as at the 31st May 2018, subsequent titles may NOT, be added anything received after that date will be too late to amend. During August the confirmed results will appear on the GCCF website after that time no further adjustments will now be made with the exception spelling or the amendment of title Please do this as early as possible.
Congratulations to all contenders, some have been very closely contested, particularly the Persian & Oriental sections, this year for the 1st time we have the same exhibit as both a Kitten & Adult Winner in its section & the Overall Kitten winner, the same exhibit was also 2017 Supreme Adult. Quite a haul in one year.
Good to see some of the same exhibits still feature from last year.
At the OCA show Dr Emi Barker held a talk on the Amyloidosis disease and research programme. Here are the links to both the talk and the Q&A.
We have been made aware of a letter being sent to a breeder, purporting to be on GCCF headed notepaper and sent from the office. This letter indicates that the breeder will receive a visit from a GCCF representative. This was NOT sent from the GCCF. Anyone receiving a letter indicating that they should expect a visit must not admit anyone who says they represent GCCF. If you have any concerns you should contact your local Police
Update on Licensing of Cat Breeders
Please see my previous postings on this Noticeboard for the full background on this topic.
Since my last update in October 2017, work has continued to write the guidance that will be necessary for interpreting each of the five schedules contained within the Statutory Instrument drafted to amend the Animal Welfare Act 2006. To remind everyone there are five schedules covering: The Boarding of Cats & Dogs; Dog Breeding; Pet Vending; Hiring out of Horse; and Exhibiting Animals. The licensing of cat breeding will be operated under the Schedule 3: Pet Vending.
This guidance will be available to inform licensees of the requirements under each schedule and will also guide local authority Environmental Health Inspectors in interpreting and applying the requirements of the legislation when inspecting licensed premises. I have been a member of the working group developing the guidance for the Pet Vending schedule.
“The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) Regulations 2018” (www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2018/9780111165485) has now completed its journey through both the House of Commons and House of Lords without amendment. Lord Gardiner, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biodiversity, confirmed to members of the Canine & Feline Sector Group on 1st May that licensing will be enacted from 1st October 2018. Between now and then, training will be organised and delivered to Environmental Health Inspectors in England. The legislation will not apply in Scotland, but the Welsh Assembly have developed legislation similar to that in England.
As I have reported before, the key factor in determining who is in scope to be licensed is whether the person is breeding cats with the intention of making a profit. This will be the crucial factor in establishing that a breeder is operating commercially ie. as a business. Any breeder who believes the licensing will apply to their circumstances should contact their local authority with a view to apply for a license from October this year.
My reading of the new legislation would indicate that the large majority of cat breeders registering with GCCF will be out of scope and will not require a licence. However, it is the responsibility of each breeder to check their own situation and to act accordingly. If you are breeding very regularly and in sufficient numbers to make a profit, you are likely to be considered to be a commercial pet vendor, in which case you will need to apply for a license.
I urge breeders to keep financial records so as to be able to demonstrate, when necessary, both to their local authority and to HMRC that they are not making an profit and do not require a pet vending license.
14th May 2018
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN
I have seen some very unpleasant comments on FB regarding a few minor errors at the office, in view of which I thought it prudent to make this statement, this is a personal message, it is NOT endorsed by the Board.
I have no doubt some members of the Board may take exception to this statement, however some things need to be said & I feel my first duty as Chairman is to support our staff, hence the need for this statement on the current staffing at the office.
We would normally have:
- Office Manager
- 4 full time staff & 3 part time
The current situation is:
- Acting Office Manager
- 2 full time staff ( 1 off sick) (part time 3 off sick, 1 long term)
This means that staff levels are currently seriously depleted.With the current staffing levels at:
- Acting Office Manager, 50% at Full time 0% Part time staff
All things considered with staffing, some errors are bound to happen, so please try to be a little tolerant to avoid further undue pressure & refrain from adverse comment on those staff, who are currently working extremely hard to keep things running as smoothly as possible.
We are trying very hard to cover all aspects, it is incredibly difficult as well as causing additional stress to the remaining staff as such it would be greatly appreciated if you could support those working & doing their very best to work through the current situation.
I would like to thank certain members of the Fancy for their support at the office during this very difficult time, I won’t mention names but those concerned know who they are.
John H Hansson Chairman
After nearly 8 years as Office Manager, Mark is moving on from his role by mutual agreement. We thank him for his contribution to the organisation and wish him well for the future.
John H Hansson (Chair GCCF)
Korat Registration Policy
Please note the following proposed change to the Korat &Thai Registration Policy:
Inclusion of GCCF rules to allow progeny of Korats from Thailand. To be assessed in exhibition with critique classes and moved from reference to supplementary registration if agreed as a having a satisfactory breed phenotype by 3 FJs.
Rationale: To support breeders who import from Thailand
Objections: By 6 April 2018
We have been made aware of phishing emails being sent with the GCCF name on, and a downloadable invoice. These are NOT from the GCCF. If you do have an invoice from us it would be sent from a GCCF email address. If you are unsure, always contact the office directly and check.
Business Achievements 2012 - 2017
Read about our achievements from the 5 Year Business Plan here
Six fantastic and FREE webinars for cat owners!
On Wednesday, 24th January 2018, Feline Friends are launching FREE, monthly webinars (web-based lectures via the internet) for cat owners, in a joint venture with ‘The Webinar Vet’ (leaders in providing veterinary professionals with both live and recorded webinar lectures provided by respected speakers highly experienced in their fields.) Cat owners can register to listen to live lectures, watch the visual displays, and ask questions of the speaker. Alternatively they can watch recordings of the lectures at a later date.
To view programme and/or register, please CLICK HERE.
Amendment to the Egyptian Mau SOP
Please note the amendment below to the paragraph relating to Body Markings. There are four weeks for comment from 13 Jan 18 before approval.
Markings on the body are to be randomly spotted with variance in size and shape. The spots can be large or small, round, oblong, or of irregular shape. Any of these are of equal merit but the spots, however shaped or of whatever size, shall must be distinct, with good contrast between pale ground colour and deeper markings. Spotting pattern on each side of the body need not match. Underside of the body spotted. As the spinal lines/elongated spots reach the rear haunches, they merge together to form a dorsal stripe which continues along the top of the tail to its tip. On the upper chest there are one or more broken necklaces. The shoulder markings are a transition between stripes and spots.
CAT OF THE YEAR
The current scores for Cat of the Year are now available, please click on this link. Please remember that these scores are interim. Results will not be finalised until after the end of the show season on 31st May 2018. If you have any queries on your score, please let ME know with details of your points at email@example.com
John Hansson - Chairman GCCF
Update on Licensing of Cat Breeders
I gave the following update to Council Delegates yesterday:
This issue has been under discussion for the past two years or so and I have previously issued notices giving information on the range of proposals that have been made, these have differed both in scope and potential impact on our hobby.
Over the past few months I am pleased to say that I have been able to gain some real clarity from DEFRA on how licensing will work and the criteria that will be applied.
This specific criteria applies only in England; the Welsh Assembly has drafted something very similar for Wales; the Scottish Parliament has no plans to introducing licensing at this time.
DEFRA intends to use Statutory Instruments to amend the current Animal Welfare Act 2006 – these were drafted in September and are currently titled “The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) Regulations 2018”. I have been given a copy by DEFRA.
There are five schedules covering: The Boarding of Cats & Dogs; Dog Breeding; Pet Vending; Hiring out of Horse; and Exhibiting Animals.
The licensing of cat breeding will be operated under the Pet Vending schedule, this schedule is written to cover all establishments selling animals either to an intermediary or directly to the public, eg. pet shops, commercial breeding establishments.
As many of you know, I have been working through the Canine & Feline Sector Group to feed in views and seek both amendments and clarification of the Pet Vending schedule as it relates to cats, and to ensure the guidance drafted to assist inspectors in interpreting the schedule is fit for purpose. Since June I have been part of a working group which has now refined the guidance and our recommended changes have been accepted by DEFRA.
I have also been able to gain confirmation from DEFRA that the Exhibiting Animals schedule will not apply to cat shows.
So the current position is as follows:
· Since the licensing of cat breeders will be governed under the Pet Vending schedule, the key factor in determining who is in scope to be licensed is whether the person is breeding with the intention of making a profit. This will be the crucial factor in establishing that a breeder is operating commercially. There will be no maximum litter number per year or similar (as with dog breeding), what will be considered is how much money the breeder is receiving from kitten/cat sales and stud fees off-set by the cost of keeping and breeding said cats. Therefore both the number of kittens sold and price they are sold for are relevant.
· If there is any doubt about whether a breeder needs a licence then they will need to evidence whether or not they are making a profit (probably on an annual basis). It is therefore imperative that breeders keep accurate financial records in order to prove whether or not they are making a profit. All the obvious costs will be in scope – food, litter, vets bills, heat & light, advertising, showing, stud fees, etc.
· Each breeder will need to decide whether they need to apply for a licence from their local authority, depending upon whether they believe they are in scope, ie. making a profit from selling cats/kittens. If they believe they can demonstrate they are not making a profit they will not need to apply for a licence. Any breeder who is not licensed, but is considered by the LA to be licensable, will be required to prove why they do not need such a licence. There will be penalties applied to those people operating without a licence.
· DEFRA would like to place the legislation before Parliament next spring, but this may be put back depending on the weight of parliamentary business. The earliest the licensing regulations could come into effect is around July 2018, but it is likely that October 2018 is more realistic. There is likely to be something like an 18 month implementation period before local authorities will have Environmental Health Inspectors trained and everything in place (and a period of time for breeders to apply for a licence)
· It is my belief that the large majority of cat breeders registering with GCCF will be out of scope and will not require a licence. However, it is the responsibility of each breeder to check their own situation and to act accordingly.
I will issue a further update as and when I have more information to share, or if the situation outlined above changes in any meaningful way.
5th October 2017
Combined Show and BAC Review
Following the agreement at June Council by a majority vote to embrace the sectional changes within GCCF shows and an extensive overhaul of the Breed Advisory system alongside of a revised programme for Judge/steward training, the combined groups met recently to plan and implement the process of change.
It was the consensus of all, that the groups in their current format were no longer the best vehicles to undertake the next steps. After considerable discussion it was decided to split into three groups each with a specific focus of implementation to oversee however it is fully recognised that there will be areas of overlap and interdependency.
Show Structure Implementation
Chairman: Kate Kaye
Members: Heather McRae, Elaine Robinson ad Lisa Robinson-Talboys
October Council Statement – summary of completion of SRG work
Recognition that the addition of breeds currently not recognised by GCCF can still be embraced via procedures as set out in the rules.
General publicity to as wide an audience as possible
Invitation of feedback using means such as: SRG FB site, Email
Liaison with show managements
Liaison with GCCF Office
Chairman: John Hansson
Members: Jules Candler, Jen Lacey, Sally Rainbow-Ockwell
Contact with all BACs to give them the detail of their groups (where relevant) and make a check of the draft judge analysis
Data now available indicating which judges have not undertaken an engagement for five years, confirmation with BACs and discussion on options so that these can be highlighted for SMs
BACs to continue as a forum for discussion, and Judge Appointment Groups to cover group judging with BAC or Breed club representation.
‘Panel’ to determine outcome of split decisions
Seminars no longer mandatory as a separate event may be held at breed shows
Fee to JAGs covering several breeds to be £50 for appointment & promotion
An examination of BAC funds and consideration of financial viability
Time limit for BAC response to be the end of October, but not necessary to have a formal meeting unless already planned as discussion and feedback can be electronic.
Chairman: Peter Collin
Members: Val Anderson, Sue Dalton-Hobbs, Shelagh Heavens, Val Kilby, Helen Marriott- Power,
The Training Scheme for new judges
Tutorials and assessments
Transition and training within the new Grand groups
Although this move could be seen to increase both time and expense, it is envisaged that the majority of work/issues within these groups will be undertaken and resolved via email or facetime.
It was recognised that the implementation of the sectional changes is not dependant on the BAC amalgamation and Judge training aspects being finalised. An earlier move to the new structure with a limited crossover period was considered to be beneficial to exhibitors, show managers and especially judges who will get the opportunity to judge the revised groups breeds in side classes before they are asked to undertake the breed or grand classes.
The finalizing the “mechanics” of this change is underway so it is proposed that this aspect of change should start as soon as possible therefore the intention is to take a proposal to this effect to October council. We are looking towards February 2018 for the changes to be implemented. It is envisaged that there will be a short period wherein, due to some shows having already printed their schedules, that both the current and new Grand structure will be in “play” with the changeover fully completed by June 2018.
World Cat Congress 2017
Please download the report by Betty Shingleton
ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATE FOR OVERALL BEST IN SHOW WINNER
From 01 January 2017 an additional certificate will be given to the exhibitors, pedigree and household pet, for the overall BIS Winner, where offered, as voted for by Council in 2016.
The exhibitor(s) of the overall BIS Pedigree and overall BIS Household Pet Exhibits, where offered, will receive an additional certificate at the level of award they are currently aiming for, or if they have achieved their current level at that show already, they will receive their first certificate for the next level.
The certificate will be issued from the office once the level of entitlement has been established. This will be when the results of the show have been entered and cleared, which is normally between seven and ten days from the date of the show.
The certificate will be issued by post from the office and signed by the office, and annotated to indicate the show at which it has been earned.
Whilst GCCF will be processing registrations and transfers from now on behalf of GCCFI, forms and payment should go to GCCFI as detailed on the GCCFI website at GCCFI - Registrations
This procedure is as follows:
Applicants should fill in an application form downloadable at http://www.gccfi.com/media/other/16113/RegistrationFormCopyDate15-09-16.pdf
And send the completed form with payment to:
Mrs Caroline Wren, Ballinacourty, Glenroe, Kilfinane, Co. Limerick
Please note: We can’t process Euro payments at the office.
An online GCCFI portal will be available in 2017.