THE HUNGARIAN Kennel Club has heard that the country’s government will not change any laws which affect its work until next year.
This means that the World Show – which the club is due to host next year – and various other important canine events are safe – at least for the time being.
Tamas Jakkel, president of the MEOE judges board, said this week he was ‘happy to announce’ that the Hungarian Parliament had modified the ‘animal-breeding law’, and the right to penalise the activity of a ‘non-governmental’ organisation which registers animals, organises shows, competitions and tests had been suspended until June next year.
He said: "The legislators are insisting on finding an answer to the situation by then, thankfully with the MEOE included in the system, which is a huge change of attitude. As you can imagine there is lots of hard work ahead.”
He added: "Thank you for your support, and I’m sure it is going to be needed in the future as well. A new chapter will start which won’t be an easy one but it seems the attitude of the main decision makers has changed.”
MEOE president Andras Korozs said he was glad the problems had been solved, and said the government’s attitude had been ‘fair and promising’.
"Currently it means that there are no obstacles left to organising the big FCI events,” he said.
"During the following year, the MEOE’s general committee will be facing an important issue when forming an integrated cynological life in Hungary as a part of the FCI, and having the governmental accreditation and the joint co-operation with authorities is an important element.
"I appreciate and thank everyone for all the solidarity and support I have received during the past weeks from all around the world which will be needed in the future as well.”
As previously reported, the government was considering a new law which would give only government departments the power to register animals, including puppies and kittens.
The situation would have been exacerbated by the fact that the organisations the government seemed keen to take over the kennel club’s work – the ETSZ and MESZSZ – are not recognised by the FCI.
If the law had been changed, the kennel club would not have been able to issue pedigrees and determine and control breeding, while the ETSZ organisations and MESZSZ which have no FCI registration would have been unlikely to continue the work of the kennel club.