Hello, My name is Sam and I recently asked Melinda Radus to clarify comments she made announcing the upside of her transaction with Nichii Gakkan. She mentioned she spent months working on the contracts to ensure the best interests of her dogs were taken care of, very noble indeed. When I asked specific questions regarding these contracts and what clauses/penalties existed to ensure compliance with her conditions, she requested I email her directly. I did email her, and she has asked that our exchanges be kept private, you can conclude the obvious from that. I have a question for all of you and please don’t take it personally, it is designed to make you think about your motives and why you post on this matter; Are you really concerned about the welfare of the dogs in Nichii’s care or do you like talking about “bad” breeders so you can feel good about yourself? If really care about the dogs, then rally the troops and do more than “talk the talk”. I have a corporate and legal background (retired) and my late wife “walked the walk” with animal welfare issues, she wasn't an agitator or troublemaker, she just took care of animals in need. Our house was often a menagerie of rescued animals that she quietly cared for. I admired her energy, but I could only see more work ahead for her because the causes of the problems were never addressed. She neglected her health, dining out, holidays, birthdays etc to care for the consequences of others ignorance and neglect. And not just those who harmed the animals, there are too many who stand by and do nothing other than cry and moan about the state of the world. “Bad things happen because good people stand by and do nothing”. You have an opportunity with Nichii to prevent this becoming a problem and save many dogs from a cruel and sad life. You can't do anything about the sale to Nichii or about their entry into the breeding world, but what you could possibly do is change the way Nichii go about breeding and raising their dogs. And don’t think Nichii will be dismissive or difficult to deal with, they know the weight public opinion can carry, a large private company would be far more dangerous and difficult in the same circumstances, than one accountable to shareholders. I used to charge large sums of money to give advice, so instead, I will make a suggestion (they are free) to you on how I think you may be able to make a difference. The various Labradoodle Associations have a duty in this, they need to send a joint letter to Aki (I think that’s their CEO, Melinda should be able to provide contact details) from ALAA, ALAEU, ALA, etc, it must be to him personally, this is very important. The letter can’t come from an individual, it would bear no weight, but the various associations combined would have the best chance of influencing him and driving a change through his company from the top down, the only direction that works.
Perhaps Kyoko would be able to assist with appropriate and respectful phrasing, this too, is very important, he is a powerful man and must be shown appropriate respect. The exact wording of the letter is your choice but I believe the order of the subjects is important. In the letter you should address the following subjects; 1. Welcome him into the dog breeding community, compliment on his choice of the Australian Labradoodle and wish him luck with his program. 2. Offer help if he requires it, the areas of health, breeding dog selection, training, diet etc 3. Now the real intent of the letter, indicate you would love to welcome his company, Nichii, into your associations but many of your members have concerns that a company of Nichii's size will not treat their dogs properly. Ask him how we could help dispel these fears. Can you help him put processes in place to assist him in providing the best conditions for his dogs, not just food, shelter and veterinary care but also the mental well being of the dogs, as this is very important. And how can we make these processes transparent, so the world can see that Nichii are responsible and caring dog breeders. You could give a specific example of your concerns, i.e. FCH program, but don’t give too many, this will be disrespectful. 4. Japan (as I understand it) has no Animal Protection laws, suggest to him you could assist Nichii in being the force behind having such laws introduced in Japan. This would assist greatly in having dogs accepted into Japanese society and would reduce the possibility of harm bring done to this gentle breed.
If you really want to help these dogs, then dialogue with Nichii needs to be entered into, if this fails then at least you have tried, to stand on the sidelines and yell criticism is easy and cheap, your associations have an opportunity and obligation to try and make a difference. And please don’t give up after one try, these dogs are worth your best efforts and all your energy, don’t stand limply by and condemn them to a life of exploitation and neglect. Regards, Sam
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An opportunity to make a difference Sam Wilde,Sat Feb 19 18:28
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