In order to be more environmentally sustainable, and taking into account the growing popularity for entering dog shows online, the Kennel Club has taken the decision not to post the schedule for Crufts 2012 to the previous year’s exhibitors unless requested to do so.
Two-thirds of entries for this year’s Crufts were made online and the Kennel Club believes that this shows that most exhibitors would prefer to enter in this way. Anyone who has qualified to compete at the world’s greatest dog show in 2012 is therefore encouraged to enter via the online version of the schedule which will be available from November 2011 on the Crufts website, www.crufts.org.uk
For those who would prefer to receive a printed schedule as in previous years, a number of copies will be available to order by post. Please send an A5 stamped addressed envelope to the value of 79 pence for first class or 65 pence for second class post to the Crufts Office, The Kennel Club, 1 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London, W1J 8AB.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Communications Director, said: “It is clear that the majority of dog exhibitors prefer the convenience of entering shows online nowadays, so we felt that it would be very wasteful to post out over 14,000 copies of the schedule knowing full well that most of these would simply end up in recycling or, worse still, the bin.
“However, we understand that there are still those people without access to a computer, who simply prefer the traditional method for entering, or wish to keep the schedule for posterity, which is why we are continuing to make copies available on request.”
14th September 2011
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Notes to Editors
The Kennel Club is the largest organisation in the UK devoted to dog health, welfare and training. Its objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.
It runs the country’s largest registration database for both pedigree and crossbreed dogs and the Petlog database, which is the UK’s largest reunification service for microchipped animals. The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme is the only scheme in the UK that monitors and sets standards for breeders, in order to protect the welfare of puppies and breeding bitches. It also runs the UK’s largest dog training programme, the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme and licenses shows and clubs across a wide range of activities, which help dog owners to bond and enjoy life with their dogs. The Kennel Club runs the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, and the Discover Dogs event at Earls Court, London, which is a fun family day out that educates people about how to buy responsibly and care for their dog.
The Kennel Club invests the money that it makes from registrations and its Petlog identification database into its dog training and education programmes, welfare campaigns and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which supports dog welfare charities and research into dog diseases. The Kennel Club jointly runs health screening schemes with the British Veterinary Association and funds the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust, which is at the forefront of pioneering research into dog health.