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International Update: FCI, WCA Announce Agreement
July 7, 2022 by AKC Government Relations

Recently, the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) and the World Cat Federation (WCF) announced their agreement to work together “to jointly represent the well-understood interests of dog and cat breeders in the international arena and in the Parliament of the European Union.” 

FCI is an international federation of national kennel clubs with sections in Europe; the Americas and Caribbean; and Asia, Africa, and Oceania.  The American Kennel Club (AKC), the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC), and the Kennel Club (UK) are not members of FCI. 

Similarly, WCF is an international federation of cat clubs, with members or patrons located in Europe, Oceania, Asia, Africa, and South America

The announcement reports that the organizations will collect “all scientific opinions” on the welfare and breeding of dog and cat breeds that have become subject to breeding and exhibition restrictions in some countries.  This is in response to a recent ban on the breeding of certain breeds in Norway and onerous health check requirements for show dogs in Germany.  It also states that it will make efforts through appropriate education to contribute to the reduction of the number of homeless companion animals in many countries. 

Unfortunately, the announcement creates more questions than it answers, including how the new alliance will advocate for breeds and breeders with the scientific information it collects, particularly with research findings that may be in conflict with the organizations’ missions. 

AKC Government Relations will continue to monitor international developments that could impact U.S. dog owners, breeding and canine health. For more information visit AKC’s Legislative Action Center

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