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Carla Molinari
Treasurer of the FCI
Shocking mistreatment by Russian exhibitor at a dog show in Lithuania

The FCI General Committee informs:

On August 8th, 2013 the FCI General Committee has questioned its Russian member (the Russian Kynological Federation) about a case of serious mistreatment by a Russian exhibitor reported to have taken place at a dog show in Lithuania.

The FCI firmly restates its position against any cruelty towards animals: (http://www.fci.be/OfficialStatments/CrueltyToDogs.aspx)

The FCI firmly reiterates its mission statement and values:

The FCI is responsible for safeguarding canine health and international dog activities to enhance the relations between dogs and humans.

  • the FCI cares about all dogs worldwide.
  • the FCI considers the health, temperament and behaviour as the most important matters in dogs and their Breed Standards.
  • the FCI promotes dog activities and dog sports worldwide, which it considers beneficial to the dogs.

The FCI General Committee would like to remind that the FCI cannot take sanctions against any breeder, since the breeders are members of a national canine organisation and not of the FCI; breeders have no direct, official link to the FCI (the members of the FCI are the national canine organisations, not the breeders). We consequently urge our members, the national kennel clubs, to take actions in such important, serious and unacceptable situations.

The FCI General Committee will share the position of the the Russian Kynological Federation about this issue as soon as it is known and will definitely recommend that a severe sanction be taken in case the exhibitor involved is found guilty of mistreatment.

The FCI General Committee