NEWS FOR MEMBERS
Welcome to the new information page for members. News will be posted as and when it is available.
There has been a great deal of debate and controversy over the proposal to include Asian Variants of Burmese Colour Restriction in the Burmese Breed Classes. The proposal came from the Asian BAC and quoted the GCCF Variants Policy.
The Club has received a substantial number of letters and e-mails from members asking that we should reconsider the original decision to vote for the proposal. Over the past week, the Burmese Cat Club Committee have been asked if they wish to
1. Retain the original decision reached by the Committee
2. Take a new vote given the climate of feeling on the matter
By majority they decided to take a new vote.
The result of that second vote is now available. By simple majority, the decision is for the BCC to vote AGAINST the proposal to include Asian Variants of Burmese Colour Restriction in Burmese Breed Classes tabled for the Council meeting on Wednesday 26th February 2014.
Asian Variant Proposal, Agenda item C1991.3
Following discussions at the meeting of the Board of Directors on 18 February 2014 the above item has been withdrawn from the agenda of the meeting of Council on 26 February
20 February 2014
Hypokalaemia DNA Test
The genetic test for Hypokalaemia is available to members at a discounted rate. You can find all the information about the test at the following link.
Please contact me or Frances Bell (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the code needed to claim your discount.
Although breeders can take their own swabs for testing, the Langford site states that only results from a swab taken by a vet who has verified the cat’s microchip can be recorded on a genetic database held by International Cat Care (formerly FAB).
Burmese Breed Advisory Committee (BAC) – Registration Policy
The GCCF have approved the registration of imported Burmese cats which is now permitted as long as the necessary genetic tests had been carried out. The approved Registration Policy is attached. This is seen as the start of the process to begin opening up the gene pool and will be of particular benefit to those breeders who have already imported cats.
In addition the BAC has voted to accept the principle of allowing the out-crossing of Burmese to other pedigree breeds; the next step is to decide which specific breeds. Discussions are in hand with Professor Tim Gruffydd-Jones and Professor Leslie Lyons, who have agreed to give further advice in this matter. A further revision will be made to the Burmese registration policy once a firm decision has been made.
Download the policy
The committee of the Burmese Cat Club has decided to undertake a survey into the current health of the Burmese cat. This is particularly important given the recent decision to allow the GCCF registration of imported cats and the likely decision to allow outcrossing to specified breeds in the future. Breeders are encouraged to complete the questionnaire.