The extinguishing of the Olympic flame recently signalled the end of the 30th Modern Olympic Games, which will be remembered for a long time by a lot of people in many respects. The British surpassed themselves, so to speak, with the organisation and running of the games. They proved just how important careful and detailed preparation is for every event. And this is no different for canine events, although even our biggest events can nowhere near match the participation and response levels of the Olympics, of course. You have to wonder why even little known sports can lure so many viewers to the TV screens while our major events, which undoubtedly exist, are mostly well and truly ignored by the TV stations. This topic was dealt with to some extent during the scientific symposium held last year, at which ways were demonstrated in which this aspect can be improved. It is now up to us to analyse and improve this situation. The likely answer to this question is “action”. Nowadays, this requirement would appear to be best met by the Agility discipline, which can usually also attract large numbers of spectators.

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Hans W. Müller
FCI President
FCI 2012 European Dog Show: official statement from the FCI General Committee and the AChR (Romanian Kennel Club)

The FCI supports, via its members and contract partners, the well-being of all dogs worldwide
The FCI is definitely against any negative attitude and measure against stray dogs, no matter where this happens. At the eve of the upcoming FCI European Section Show to be held in Bucharest next October, we reiterate our position that the problem of abandoned dogs is not an exclusive matter of Romania, but a subject of major and worldwide concern. Together with the help and guidance of our members, our sections and our commissions, we commit ourselves to acting in favour of all dogs worldwide.

H.W. Müller
FCI President

The Euro Dog Show 2012 will be organised in Bucharest, Romania. This event has raised the discussion of the stray dog problem which is not specific to Romania; it is a problem in many big cities of the world. The Romanian Kennel Club is proud to state that we are the only good example in our country of how the people should treat their dogs and we will continue to work like we have done until now. We have been and we will continue to be present in the social life of the communities trying to educate the people in the full respect of the dog.
The Romanian Kennel Club is a non-governmental organisation, a member of the FCI and has an objective of carrying out activity to promote the welfare and breeding of healthy dogs. Our members are engaged in the breeding of pure-bred dogs in good health and welfare and they are persuaded to follow the national and FCI rules and instructions. Since the beginning our organisation has tried to improve more and more the quality of our actions and succeeded in the last 10-15 years to make serious progress in breeding and administration of the Kennel Club.
In a few words we are proud to say we did our job!
We have worked seriously for the recognition of the Romanian native breeds (we have three recognised breeds and working for the fourth one), the improvement of the quality of the breeding and the quality of our dog shows.
We have protested and we will do it again in front of every aggression or misbehaviour of individuals and authorities who act against dogs. We will cooperate when we are asked by any animal protection society to help to solve in Romania this serious social problem. In many shows over the years we have invited local animal protection societies to promote their activities and in many shows we have offered the opportunity to have stands and offer for adoption dogs coming from the shelters. We are organising on the occasion of the EDS in Bucharest a fund raising for the benefit of stray dogs in cooperation with an international organisation.

We would like to ask all our so called “opponents” on the Internet to direct their attacks and energies to the animal protections societies they support and ask them what they have done in the last 20 years for the stray dogs? The Romanian Kennel Club cannot be responsible for their failure. We do not want to be considered as a “substitute” of any animal protection organisations but we will always help and teach the people in the respect of the nature, of the animals, of the dogs!
Most important, we want to welcome the European dog people to Bucharest; this should be seen as an opportunity to raise the profile of any dogs that are being maltreated. We hope you will join us and work together for future possibilities and perhaps together raise funds for animal protection associations so they would be able to promote better their cause also in Romania.
We will offer these associations the opportunity to promote any good work at the EDS later this year and welcome any moves that will help any dogs that are suffering in any way whatsoever.

Cristian Stefanescu
President of the Romanian Kennel Club