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|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|February 9, 2005
||Bob Peters (919) 556-9516
DOG SHOW SUPERINTENDENTS ASSOCIATION
RELEASES RESULTS OF THEIR LATEST SURVEY
(WAKE FOREST, NC...) In its quest to present current and relative information in their ongoing disagreement with AKC's announced online entry project the Dog Show Superintendents Association has released the results of their latest survey.
The survey, which gave the history of the Association's position on this project and asked for feedback, appeared on the majority of the Association members' websites. Those in the Fancy taking the time to offer their opinion had the choice to remain anonymous or granted their permission to pass along their views to AKC. The results were then tabulated and shared with the American Kennel Club.
There were 1380 responses within a few days of posting the survey. The overwhelming majority (1226 or 89%) agreed with the DSSA position that AKC's processing of any entries is a conflict of interest. Many expressed the opinion that the monies needed to develop this system could be better spent on other, more pressing, needs facing the sport. A resounding minority (154 or 11%) expressed the opposite view.
The DSSA has now produced two separate surveys on this topic (the previous survey solicited the opinions of Delegates) and both have produced like results. While there have been and are many areas in which the DSSA and AKC are in agreement, the Association has been unanimous in their resolve to continue their opposition to this particular project. Since its inception DSSA has been involved in several efforts aimed at the betterment of the sport, or, in increasing participation in events. However, for more than one year they have had to concentrate all other efforts on bringing the ramifications of this particular AKC project to the attention of the Fancy. "DSSA believed their stance reflected the view of the majority of the Fancy and the survey results show the majority stands with the Association. We appreciate all those Delegates, Clubs and Fanciers who took the time to deliberate the issue and respond with their opinions. We did not undertake this role lightly and want them to know we will continue to fight for what we strongly believe to be the best course for all," said DSSA President Bob Peters. "Anyone associated with a kennel club may want to discuss this at their next meeting and, if they have a Delegate, let him or her know the club's opinion."
The Association was formed three years ago to represent professional superintendents in all important matters impacting superintendents and the Fancy.
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